Mexico Gets On The Patent Prosecution Highway

Law360, New York (April 7, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT) -- The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), while in effect with some countries since 2007, has been vastly underutilized. Yet, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is undertaking a new pilot program of the PPH, extending this avenue of accelerated prosecution to Mexico.

In order to maximize benefit from the PPH, these programs in all participating countries and regions require additional changes. While the addition of countries benefits applicants, further advancements in the programs are required in order to increase participation from applicants worldwide.

In all jurisdictions, once...
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