Further to our news update of 8 April 2016, the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP) has announced that 100 requests for participation in the PPH Pilot Program based on Japanese examination results have been received as at 24 August 2016. This is less than 5 months from the commencement date of 1 April 2016.

As the number of PPH requests is limited to 100 per year, the NOIP has stopped accepting further requests until 1 April 2017.

Accordingly, applicants who wish to make use of the program need to wait until the new window opens. In the meantime, the documents required to accompany a PPH request should be prepared so that the request can be lodged at the earliest opportunity.