SIPO-DPMA Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program Extended for Another Three Years
Recently, the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) jointly decided to extend the SIPO-DPMA Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program for another three years from January 23, 2018 to January 22, 2021, with the relevant requirements and processes of the submission of PPH application of both offices unchanged.
According to the Joint Statement on the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) between the State Intellectual Property Office of China and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, the SIPO-DPMA PPH pilot program was launched on January 23, 2012 for two years. This PPH pilot program had been extended twice on January 23, 2014 and January 23, 2016 and expired on January 22, 2018. (Translated from SIPO Website Chinese Version)