The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOP) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) have started a 2 year pilot Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program. An MOU was signed between the two offices in April.   

The PPH allows applicants to a fast-track examination by using the examination conducted by the office or vice versa. IPOP has similar agreements with Japan and USA.

This will most likely help Korean applicants in the Philippines at least initially. Applicants with corresponding applications in both countries can file a request for PPH examination It will apply to both national applications or PCT international examinations from KIPO.

Essentially by filing the relevant KIPO examination documentation with IPOP, IPOP can expedite the examination and Korean applicants can secure a faster grant and reduce the Philippines Office Action costs and fees.