The United Kingdom and People’s Republic of China have launched a pilot program that will allow applicants who have successfully obtained a patent in one country’s intellectual property office to request the accelerated processing of a corresponding application in the other. According to a July 1, 2014, U.K. government press release, “[T]he second office can make use of the work undertaken by the first office to more quickly and efficiently process the application.” The pilot U.K.-China Patent Prosecution Highway began on July 1 and will end June 30, 2016.