UK Prime Minister fast tracks patent applications with a positive IPER

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced (Circular PN013) that UK National Phase Patent Applications having a positive International Preliminary Examination Report (IPER) will be fast tracked and within two months of entering national phase in the UK, the applicant will receive a Notice or Allowance or an Official Action detailing what needs to be done to put the patent application into a position for allowance.

We note that in this regard, the Israel Commissioner of Patents has been there, done that.

Nevertheless, we are pleased to see that the new  Prime Minister has an awaremenss of IP and hope that other regimes will follow suit.  Ideally, the PCT mechanism should be a fast track not a delaying tactic.

Categories: PCT, UK Patent, UKIPO, UKPTO

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