VPI to collaborate with Global PPH

The Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI) founded by the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia joined the GPPH co-operation (Global Patent Prosecution Highway) on 6 January 2018. The VPI acts as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and an International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) according to the PCT system.

The idea of the PPH is to fast track the processing of patent applications and to reduce overlapping examination work done by different patent offices. PPH means that an applicant who has filed a first application with a first office and has received a positive opinion that the claims are allowable may request fast-track processing when filing a corresponding application with a second office. The Global PPH allows you to file a PPH request based on patent claims found allowable by any of the contracting offices. The system includes both national and PCT applications.

In addition to the GPPH agreements, the PRH has bilateral PPH agreements with the patent offices in China and in the Czech Republic.

For more information about our agreements and guidelines, go to the PPH pages: www.prh.fi/pph.

For more information, please contact:
Patent Advisory Service
Mon–Fri 9.00–16.15
Tel. +358 029 509 5858

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Latest update 08.01.2018