Track D

D2 Fast-tracking Global Patent Prosecution in China, the Pacific Rim and Europe

Track: Global Issues

Target Audience: All Audiences

Dan Polonenko, Gowling WLG

Donal M. Kelly, FRKelly
Simon Potter, Spruson & Ferguson-Australia

Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) began in January 2014 as a pilot program and has since grown to 24 participating national intellectual property offices. Programs such as GPPH have proven to be cost-effective, time-efficient options for fast-tracking patent prosecution and allowances after the issue of favorable written opinions by international search authorities. In addition, the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) has established a PCT-PPH program with 33 national intellectual property offices. The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) assists applicants in seeking patent protection internationally for their inventions, helps patent offices with the patent granting decisions, and facilitates public access to technical information relating to those inventions. This session will cover strategies and tips for the use of the PCT-PPH and GPPH programs to fast-track allowance of North America applications in the Pacific Rim, China, and Europe.

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