US, EU Set Off On 'Patent Prosecution Highway'

Law360, New York (October 1, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A trial partnership between the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office got up and running this week, the latest connection between U.S. and foreign patent agencies formed as part of the Patent Prosecution Highway initiative.

Announced in April, the pilot program connecting the U.S. and Europe officially began on Monday and is slated to run until Sept. 29, 2009.

The program is designed to speed up the patent application process by allowing each office to benefit from work that has already been...
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