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German Patent and Trade Mark Office joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

Press release of 6 July 2015

Munich. Today, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) has joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot. It has thereby extended its PPH network by another twelve partner offices. The PPH serves to accelerate processing of patent applications through the exchange and mutual use of work products beyond country borders. Examination quality will be maintained, but at the same time, the patent examination procedure will be made more efficient.

It is now possible to request accelerated examination on the basis of a work product of the DPMA not only in China, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Korea, Canada, Finland, Singapore and Austria - but also in Australia, Denmark, Russia, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Estonia, Israel, Norway, Iceland and at the Nordic Patent Institute (made up of the Danish Patent and Trademark Office, the Norwegian Industrial Property Office and the Icelandic Patent Office). Likewise, a PPH request at the DPMA can now also be based on the work products of one of those offices. The Global PPH has the advantage that the PPH requests can be filed at the participating patent authorities under the same requirements. This harmonisation will make use of the PPH even easier and more attractive for the applicants.

"We now give our applicants the opportunity to request accelerated examination of patent applications at further important business locations," said the President of the DPMA, Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer. "Effective protection of intellectual property at a global level is an economic necessity. A more efficient examination procedure significantly contributes to this. The success of initiatives such as the Global PPH pilot underlines the significance of close and trustful cooperation between national patent authorities."

The DPMA's joining the Global PPH pilot means that the existing bilateral PPH agreements are replaced with it. However, the bilateral PPH pilot with the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) will remain in force unchanged because SIPO does not take part in the Global PPH.

For further information on the functioning of the system and the requirements as to the claims, please go to

A new feature of the Global PPH is that positive PCT opinions (written opinion of the International Searching Authority or International Preliminary Examining Authority and international preliminary examination report) from an authority participating in the Global PPH network can form the basis for a PPH request. In future, it will also be possible to base a PPH request at the DPMA on a PCT work product. Another benefit for the applicants: in future, a search report issued by the DPMA in which all claims are considered to be allowable will be recognised by the participating offices as the basis of a PPH request.

For further information on the Global PPH pilot, please refer to and the PPH portal of the Japan Patent Office.

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office

The DPMA is the national centre of expertise in the field of IP protection in Germany. With a staff of over 2,500, it is the largest national IP office in Europe and the fifth largest national patent office in the world. The staff based at locations in Munich, Jena and Berlin grant patents, register trade marks, utility models and designs, and manage these IP rights. In addition, they provide information on IP rights to the public. For more information on the DPMA, please go to here.

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