Co-operative patent prosecution highway programmes are intended to help hasten patent prosecution before these patent offices through the exchange of information and substantive patent examination.
There are co-operative patent prosecution highway (PPH) programmes in place between the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and between IPOS and the Japan Patent Office (JPO), that are intended to help hasten patent prosecution before these patent offices through the exchange of information on search results and substantive patent examination.
The PPH programme offers applicants flexibility in prosecuting their Singapore patent applications, whether they are filed under the Paris Convention or Patent Cooperation Treaty and can potentially shorten prosecution timeframes.
PPH aims to allow participating patent offices to share the search and examination results of patent applications. The aim is to reduce duplication of work, enable faster prosecution of patent applications and, more importantly, produce higher-quality search and examination results.
PPH, ASPEC, IPOS