PPH – accelerated examination

Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) has been an available to applicants in Iceland since 2011. The main goal of PPH co-operation is to accelerate examination of patent applications. By filing a simple request, applicants obtain accelerated processing of a co-pending application at an office acting as Office of Later Examination (OLE), provided that one or more of the claims in an earlier application are indicated to be patentable in the latest office action by the Office of Earlier Examination (OEE). The OLE is, however, not obliged to base grant of a patent on the former examination. The procedure includes that the OLE will make, as possible, use of the examination already performed.

Accelerated examination based on PPH is always at the applicant's choice – the procedure in Iceland is free of charge.

On 6 January 2014 a total of 17 Patent Offices, the Icelandic Patent Office (IPO) and Nordic Patent Institute (NPI) included, launched a Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) arrangement for both national and PCT-PPH routes.  On 6 January 2017 the total number of participatiing GPPH offices reached 22. These are:

Australia, Austria (APO), Canada (CIPO), Denmark (DKPTO), Estonia (EPA), Finland (PRH), Germany (DPMA), Hungary (HIPO), Iceland (IPO), Israel (ILPO), Japan (JPO), Korea (KIPO), Nordic Patent Institute (NPI), Norway (NIPO), Poland (PPO), Portugal (INPI), Russia (ROSPATENT), Singapore (IPOS), Spain (SPTO), Sweden (PRV), United Kingdom (IPO), United States (USPTO).

On 1 July 2014 the IPO and SIPO launched a pilot PPH project between the two offices for a period of two years, with now has been extended until 30 June 2019. The pilot programme includes a two-way national PPH route and a one-way PCT-PPH route, namely, for Chinese applicants filing in Iceland.

Information on the common criteria and requirements of the GPPH may be accessed on the Patent Prosecution Highway Portal, which is hosted by the Japanese Patent Office.

Information on the requirements for filing a PPH request in China is available here and here.

Guidelines and forms for all procedures in Iceland are available in the index on the left side.

Note that different guidelines and forms apply for Chinese applicants then applicants from GPPH participating offices.

PPH – Accelerated patent examination 

Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) has been an available to applicants in Iceland since 2011. The main goal of PPH co-operation is to accelerate examination of patent applications. By filing a simple request, applicants obtain accelerated processing of a co-pending application at an office acting as Office of Later Examination (OLE), provided that one or more of the claims in an earlier application are indicated to be patentable in the latest office action by the Office of Earlier Examination (OEE). The OLE is, however, not obliged to base grant of a patent on the former examination. The procedure includes that the OLE will make, as possible, use of the examination already performed.

Accelerated examination based on PPH is always at the applicant's choice – the procedure in Iceland is free of charge.

On 6 January 2014 a total of 17 Patent Offices, the Icelandic Patent Office (IPO) and Nordic Patent Institute (NPI) included, launched a Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) arrangement for both national and PCT-PPH routes. Four offices have become parties to the pilot project since then, bringing the number up to a total of 21 GPPH offices as of 6 July 2015. These are:

Australia, Austria (APO), Canada (CIPO), Denmark (DKPTO), Estonia (EPA), Finland (PRH), Germany (DPMA), Hungary (HIPO), Iceland (IPO), Israel (ILPO), Japan (JPO), Korea (KIPO), Nordic Patent Institute (NPI), Norway (NIPO), Portugal (INPI), Russia (ROSPATENT), Singapore (IPOS), Spain (SPTO), Sweden (PRV), United Kingdom (IPO), United States (USPTO).

On 1 July 2014 the IPO and SIPO launched a pilot PPH project between the two offices for a period of two years, with the possibility of extension for another two years. The pilot programme includes a two-way national PPH route and a one-way PCT-PPH route, namely, for Chinese applicants filing in Iceland.

Information on the requirements for filing a PPH request in China is available here and here. Information on the common criteria and requirements of the GPPH may be accessed on the Patent Prosecution Highway Portal, which is hosted by the Japanese Patent Office.

Guidelines and forms for all procedures in Iceland are available in the index on the left side.
Note that different guidelines and forms apply for Chinese applicants then applicants from GPPH participating offices.