5 Biggest IP Offices Join Forces To Speed Patent Apps

Law360, New York (September 25, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT) -- The world's five largest intellectual property offices, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, announced Tuesday that they are launching a pilot program to allow applicants whose claims are found patentable by one office to speed up processing of their applications in the other offices.

The five offices, known collectively as the IP5, said that when the new IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway program begins in January, it will improve the accelerated treatment of patent applications and integrate existing similar agreements among the five offices into a...
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