A Smoother Lane For The Patent Prosecution Highway

Law360, New York (July 25, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT) -- Recent modifications to the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) promise to smooth the ride for applicants in Canada and elsewhere. The PPH, first introduced into Canada in 2008, allows applicants to expedite and simplify prosecution of a Canadian patent application if at least some of the claims of the application have been allowed in another participating jurisdiction. Several conditions apply, including the requirement that the Canadian claims be limited to claims that have been allowed in the foreign jurisdiction.

Until now, that other jurisdiction was required to...
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