How to file a PPH request

The PPH request is filed with the authority that you want to fast-track the examination of your application. To file a request, you need to have:

1. an application (whose processing you want to expedite) corresponding to your first application - for example, a further application in which you claim priority from the first application

2. a request form, including a claim correspondence table

3. the patent claims determined to be allowable and, if necessary, a translation of them

4. the decision where the first office states that the claims are allowable

5. copies of the cited documents.

Normally you can ask the second office to retrieve the documents according to items 3 to 5 from online databases. The form and claim correspondence table should be available on the website of the office concerned. Always check in the office's guidelines which documents you have to attach to the request.

All patent authorities accept the PPH documents in English. When you file a national application with the PRH, ask that we process it in English, and you need not have our decisions translated, if you decide to file a PPH request.

PPH requests to the PRH

Use the English form for a PPH request to the PRH, even if your application will be processed in Finnish or in Swedish:

PRH PPH request (pdf, 0.26 Mb)

The required documents are listed on the form. You can choose whether you attach the documents, or ask us to retrieve them from databases.
You can save, fill in, and submit the form and appendices to us by post or using the eOLF application, just as with other application documents.

You can file a PPH request at any time during the processing of your application, unless we have issued a final decision on it. If your request is not approved directly, we will inform you in a letter, and you can complement the request accordingly. Upon an approved request, your application will be fast-tracked until our final decision.

Our PPH agreements and guidelines

The table below shows the patent offices that we have made a PPH agreement with, and detailed guidelines for filing a PPH request with the individual offices.

Apart from the pilot projects, the agreements are in force until further notice.

Name of office, and type of agreement Guidelines for filers PPH requests to the PRH
IPO-CZ, Czech Republic
PPH
IPO-CZ Guideline for FI filers (pdf, 0.17 Mb)
Further information on the website of the Czech Industrial Property Office
FI Guideline for CZ filers (pdf, 0.13 Mb)
SIPO, China
PPH and PCT-PPH
SIPO Guideline for FI filers (pdf, 0.38 Mb)
Further information in Chinese on SIPO website
FI Guideline for CN filers (pdf, 0.18 Mb)
Global PPH
APO, Austria
CIPO, Canada
DKPTO, Denmark
DPMA, Germany
ELS, Iceland
EPA, Estonia
HPO, Hungary
ILPO, Israel
INPI, Portugal
IP Australia, Australia
IPONZ, New Zealand
IPOS, Singapore
JPO, Japan
KIPO, South Korea
NIPO, Norway
NPI, Nordic Patent Institute
PPO, Poland
PRV, Sweden
ROSPATENT, Russia
SIC, Colombia
SPTO, Spain
UKIPO, Great Britain
USPTO, United States
Go to the GPPH website for the individual offices’ guidelines. FI Guideline for GPPH filers (pdf, 0.16 Mb)
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Latest update 30.08.2017