Inventors and businesses applying for patent protection at the EPO and the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO) are now able to benefit from fast-track patent examination at both offices, following the entry into force of the joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme. The PPH also permits each participating patent office to share and re-use existing work results.
The pilot will run for an initial term of three years and applicants whose claims have been found to be patentable by the EPO or EAPO may ask for accelerated processing of their corresponding application at the partner office, while the EPO and EAPO will share existing work results, speeding up the granting process and reducing costs for users. The EPO and EAPO will evaluate the results of the pilot programme to determine whether and how the programme should be fully implemented after the trial period.
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