(The Gist of PIB) Cabinet approves the Patent Prosecution Highway programme [FEBRUARY-2020]
(The Gist of PIB) Cabinet approves the
Patent Prosecution Highway programme
Cabinet approves the Patent Prosecution
The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for adoption of Patent
Prosecution Highway (PPH) programme by the Indian Patent Office (IPO) under
the Controller General of Patents, Designs & TradeMarks, India (CGPDTM) with
patent offices of various other interest countries or regions.
The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is a set of initiatives for
providing accelerated patent prosecution procedures by sharing information
between some patent offices.
The said programme will initially commence between Japan Patent Office (JPO)
and Indian Patent Office on pilot basis for a period of three years only.
Under this Pilot programme, Indian Patent Office may receive patent
applications in certain specified technical fields only, namely, Electrical,
Electronics, Computer Science, Textiles, Automobiles and Metallurgy while
JPO may receive applications in all fields of technology.
PPH programme would lead to the following benefits for the Indian IP
Reduction in time to dispose of patent applications.
Reduction in pendency of patent applications.
Improvement in quality of search and examination of patent applications.
The ambition of the programme may be extended in future, as decided by
the Commerce & Industry Minister. The patent offices will frame their own
guidelines for implementation of the programme.