The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (the "CIPO") and the European Patent Office (the "EPO") have announced that their pilot Patent Prosecution Highway (the "PPH") program has become permanent effective 6 January 2021. The PPH program allows applicants prosecuting a patent application at the EPO or the CIPO to have their application processed faster at the other office if certain requirements are met.

To read the CIPO's announcement click here. To read the EPO's announcement click here.

Originally Published by Oyen Wiggs, February 2021

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