The Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Icelandic Patent Office extended indefinitely
On December 1, 2011, the Icelandic Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), launched a pilot program on Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), enabling applicants, whose claims have been determined allowable/patentable in an application filed in the IPO to have the corresponding application filed with the USPTO advanced out of turn for examination. The same rules apply vis a vis US applicants in Iceland. The parties agreed that the pilot program would last for a period of one year ending on November 30, 2012, but may be extended thereafter.
The Offices have agreed on extending the pilot program indefinitely in order to collect more information on the program before reaching a final decision thereon in the future.