Patent Prosecution Highway between USPTO and NRIP
On September 5, 2013, the USPTO implemented a Patent Prosecution Highway pilot program (PPH 2.0) with respect to the Nicaraguan Registry of Intellectual Property (NRIP). By virtue of this program, an applicant having filed a patent application in the United States and in Nicaragua and having been granted the patent by the USPTO, may request that the NRIP takes into account the substantive examination carried out by the USPTO.
According to this, when the USPTO is the Office of First Filing (OFF) and the U.S. application contains claims that are determined to be allowable/patentable, the applicant may request accelerated examination at NRIP for the corresponding application filed with NRIP as the Office of Second Filing (OSF).
The PPH 2.0 will run indefinitely and the USPTO and the NRIP will evaluate its results to determine whether and how the program should be fully implemented. The offices may also terminate the PPH 2.0 program if the volume of participation exceeds a manageable level, or for any other reason.
If you are interested in receiving more information about the requirements and the request form for this Patent Prosecution Highway program, please contact us.