Patent Prosecution Highway Is A One-Way Street

Law360, New York (October 2, 2009, 11:15 AM EDT) -- A recent IP Law 360 guest column discussed several initiatives recently introduced by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to speed up patent prosecution and improve the quality of issued patents, including the Patent Prosecution Highway ("PPH") programs established between a number of countries.[1]

The PPH programs allow an applicant who has received at least one allowable claim in a participating patent office to leverage that result in a foreign counterpart application with corresponding claims, which, as the article points out, has resulted in fewer office...
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