UK Patent Office to share work with the USPTO and JPO

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has announced that the pilot work-sharing programme, the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), between the IPO and the Japanese Patent Office  has now been made permanent. Under (or should that be on???) the Highway, once an applicant has received a favourable decision from one office they can request accelerated processing of corresponding patent applications filed in the other, which should significantly speed up the patent prosecution process.

Source: IPO press release, 10 March 2010.

Additionally, the US and UK have now agreed to co-operate on patent processing, with the  two governments having announced that their respective patent offices, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), will co-operate to develop a plan to optimise reuse of work on patent applications that are filed jointly at the USPTO and the UK IPO. 

The offices will try to identify all potential areas of information utilisation by the end of 2010, and will work on building mutual confidence in the work done by each office.

Source: IPO press release, 10 March 2010.

Under Section 17c of the Law, the Israel Patent Office will grant an Israel patent having the same specification and claims to one allowed by a range of jurisdictions, including the JPO, USPTO and UKPTO, unless the invention relates to subject matter considered non-patentable under Israel Law, such as methods of therapeutic treatment, business methods and software per se. (all currently patentable in the US).  

None of the jurisdictions listed currently take much note of what the Israel Patent Office allows or not, albeit the IDS in the United States does have to relate to the citations from Israel as elsewhere. Now that Israel is becoming an International Search Authority for the PCT, it is possible that other countries will be prepared to rely more on the Israel Examination. 

Australia has a modified Examination procedure like Israel, and will grant a patent based on allowance elsewhere. At present Israel accepts Australian examination.

Categories: Israel, Israel Patent, Israel Patent Office, patentable subject matter, Patents, UKPTO, US Patent Office, USPTO

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