By Ben Simmons

The UK and Canada have brokered a landmark agreement to streamline patent applications through a new patent highway.

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) allows applicants who have been successful in obtaining a patent from either the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) or the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) to request accelerated examination of a corresponding patent application filed in the other country.

"The Patent Prosecution Highway with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office builds on similar schemes that the UK IPO already has with Japan, South Korea, and the United States, which are already delivering benefits for applicants,” commented Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Wilcox.

“Applicants and businesses in both the UK and Canada will have quicker and cheaper international patent protection. Speeding up the patent process is an important contribution to boosting economic growth, by helping companies and entrepreneurs turn their ideas into business.”

The PPH agreement with CIPO will also trial the new ‘MOTTAINAI’ model under which requests will be dealt with regardless of the order in which the various applications were filed or the original priority claimed by the co-pending applications.


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