New PPH Pilot Program between EPO and Mexican PTO.
The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program, starting from January 2015.
This bilateral agreement was signed during the 54th Series of Meetings of the World Intellectual Property Organization General Assembly, held in Geneva from September 22 to 30, 2014.
This pilot program will implement fast-track patent examination procedures in order to enable patent applicants from Mexico and Europe to obtain patents faster and more efficiently.
According to the PPH Program, patent applicants with claims that have been determined to be allowable/patentable by either IMPI or EPO, may request accelerated examination of their corresponding applications that are pending before the other office. This is expected to speed up the process and reduce costs for applicants.
Miguel Ángel Margáin, Director General of IMPI, said that the existing PPH programs have been a successful and functional tool for users of the patent system in Mexico and its use has contributed to IMPI’s positioning as a modern institution in line with international trends in the field of industrial property. Currently, IMPI has PPH agreements with the Intellectual Property Offices of USA, Canada, China, Spain, Japan, Korea and Singapore.
The guidelines of this new PPH program will be available soon on the websites of each patent office.