The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) announces a pilot Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) project with the Israeli Patent Office to allow expedited examination proceedings in one country where the other has ruled that at least one claim in an application is patentable.
The USPTO announces an expanded pilot Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) PPH project with the Korean Intellectual Property Office. A positive PCT determination on an application may now be used to fast track the patent-approval process in both the United States and Korea.
The USPTO announces a pilot PCT-PPH project with the Nordic Patent Institute. The project will allow the USPTO to benefit from PCT work previously done by the institute, thus reducing the examination workload and improving patent quality.