With effect from 6 January 2014, the following four Patent Offices have also announced their participation in the GPPH pilot scheme:
- Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO)
- Icelandic Patent Office (Einkaleyfastofan)
- Israel Patent Office
- Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV)
This is in addition to the list of fourteen offices reported here: Practice Note – GPPH Pilot Scheme – December 2013
Under the scheme it will be possible to request accelerated examination of a patent application at any of the participating offices if a claim of an equivalent application at any other participating office has been found to be acceptable, and the criteria outlined below are met. The Pilot Program will apply to Convention as well as to PCT Applications.
A reminder of the criteria
A request for accelerated examination may be made if the following criteria are met:
- The applications before the Office of Earlier Examination (OEE) and the Office of Later Examination (OLE) have the same earliest date (this may be the priority date or the filing date).
- At least one claim is considered allowable by the OEE.
- All the claims presented for examination correspond sufficiently to one or more of the claims found allowable by the OEE.
- The OLE has not begun substantive examination of the application.1
- A request for substantive examination must have been filed at the OLE, either at the time of the GPPH request or previously.
- A PCT written opinion from either the International Searching Authority or the International Preliminary Examination Authority or an International Preliminary Report on Patentability (IPRP) from any of the other participating offices may substantiate the request for accelerated examination.2