PPH 2.0 Offers Ways To Reduce Prosecution Time And Costs

Law360, New York (June 4, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT) -- Recent changes in the Patent Prosecution Highway open up new filing strategies for U.S. inventors who want expedited examination without the costs of Track 1 prioritized examination or who want greater flexibility and lower costs when building international patent portfolios. These updated PPH programs — known as the "PPH 2.0" — make it possible for a U.S. applicant to advance prosecution of a U.S. case based on an allowance in a corresponding foreign case, even if the foreign case was filed after the U.S. case. This enables U.S. inventors to exploit the higher speed, lower cost, and increased grant rate of...

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