With effect from 6 January 2018, the EPO will be extending its PPH pilot
programmes with four partners around the globe, namely Canada, Israel, Mexico
and Singapore, thus enabling innovators from Europe and these countries to
continue obtaining patents more quickly and efficiently.
All four PPH
pilot programmes are being extended for three years until 5 January 2021, and
the current conditions and requirements for participation will continue to
The trials with Canada, Mexico and Singapore stem from bilateral
agreements which EPO President Benoît Battistelli signed with the respective
heads of patent offices at the side lines of the 2014 World Intellectual
Property Organization General Assembly in Geneva. The PPH with Israel resulted
from an agreement signed with the Israel Patent Office in December 2015.
The EPO's PPH portfolio
In addition to these four extended
programmes, the EPO has operational PPH pilot programmes with the IP5 offices
(the grouping of the world's five largest IP offices, made up of the EPO and the
patent offices of China, Japan, Korea, and the US), as well as with the national
patent offices of Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia
and the Eurasian Patent Office.