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Patent Prosecution Highway Automation | VajraSoft Inc

Executive Summary

Businesses are looking to protect their IP's globally. However most of them are facing various challenges in accelerating and automating this process. VajraSoft Inc.'s Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Automation addresses these challenges and speeds up the automation process.

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) fast tracks the examination process for corresponding applications filed in participating countries by allowing examiners to reuse search and examination results. Patent Prosecution Highway speeds up the examination process of patent application, reducing pendency times, as well as reducing costs and delivering significant benefits to the business.

Under the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), when claims are determined to be allowable in the Office of First Filing (OFF), a corresponding application filed in the Office of Second Filing (OSF) may be advanced out of turn, allowing applicants to obtain patents faster



Purpose of Patent Prosecution Highway

Patent Prosecution Highway ensures that Office of Second Filing (OSF) can utilize the search and examination results of the Office of First Filing, thereby avoiding duplication of work and expediting the examination process in the OSF.

Patent Prosecution Highway Automation

Advantages of PPH Automation:

  • Accelerates patent examination process
  • Reduces pendency time
  • Utilizes Search and Examination results - reduces prosecution costs
  • Opportunity for parallel prosecution
  • Reduces translation, prosecution & filing costs
  • Improves efficiency
  • A key PPH metrics - Average first action pendency - for Non-PPH is 25 months and while pendency for PPH applications is 2 - 3 months, clearly demonstrating the value - speed of prosecution. Rapidly evolving industries can leverage PPH Automation.

Benefits

Key benefits the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) automation include:

  • Accelerated Examination
  • Examination within two to three months from the grant of the PPH request provided the application has completed all its pre-exam processing and is ready for examination.
  • Manage all you Non-PCT and PCT-PPH applications with single user interface
  • Decreased Prosecution costs
  • Reduced Pendency
  • Greater Efficiency - as more than 90 percent of PPH cases are allowed. Typical allowance rate for non-PPH cases is less than 50 percent.
  • No Petition Fee - The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) eliminated the petition fee in May 2010 making Patent Prosecution Highway even more cost effective for users.
  • Shorter pendency time translates to reduced prosecution costs, more efficient / parallel prosecution and no Additional fees.

Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) - US and List of other countries:

  • USA (USPTO
  • Australia (IP Australia)
  • Austria (APO)
  • Canada (CIPO)
  • China (SIPO)
  • Colombia (SIC)
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark (DKPTO)
  • European Patent Office (EPO)
  • Finland (NBPR)
  • Germany (DPMA)
  • Hungary (HPO)
  • Iceland (IPO)
  • Israel (ILPO)
  • Japan (JPO)
  • Korea (KIPO)
  • Mexico (IMPI)
  • Nicaragua (NRIP)
  • Norway (NIPO)
  • Philippines
  • Portugal (INPI)
  • Russia (ROSPATENT)
  • Singapore (IPOS)
  • Spain (SPTO)
  • Taiwan (TIPO)
  • United Kingdom (UKIPO)

PCT - PPH Program - US and list of other countries:

The PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway leverages fast-track patent examination procedures in OFF and OSF in both patent offices (for example - USPTO and EPO) to allow applicants in US and European countries to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently and with minimal costs. The list of PCT - PPH program countries include:

  • United States (USPTO)
  • Australia (IPAU)
  • Austria (APO)
  • Canada (CIPO)
  • China (SIPO)
  • European Patent Office (EPO)
  • Finland (NBPR)
  • Israel (ILPO)
  • Japan (JPO)
  • Korea (KIPO)
  • Nordic Patent Institute (NPI)
  • Russia (ROSPATENT)
  • Spain (SPTO
  • Sweden (PRV)

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