USPTO Widens Patent Prosecution Highway

Law360, New York (June 20, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced Monday that it planned to begin or expand Patent Prosecution Highway projects — aimed at speeding up the patent application process — with South Korea, Israel, Denmark, Iceland and Norway.

The USPTO said it wanted to expand its ongoing pilot project with the Korean Intellectual Property Office, which began in June 2010. Previously, only patent applications in South Korea could serve as the basis for a patent application in the U.S., but the new initiative will allow applications in...
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