SIC to start PPH program
In January 2016, the Colombian Superintendent of Industry and Commerce, Pablo Felipe Robledo, and the President of the European Patent Office, Bennoît Battistelli, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program.
The PPH program enables an applicant whose claims have been determined to be patentable/allowable to have a corresponding application filed with a PPH partner office processed in an accelerated manner while at the same time allowing the offices involved to exploit available work results.
The Colombian PTO (SIC) also has running PPH agreements with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) since 2012, the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM) since 2013 and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) since 2014.
We will keep you updated regarding any further developments on this matter.