European Patent Office Practices

Over the last few years, there has been number of procedural changes at the European Patent Office (EPO) like, Clarification of the scope of protection prior to search (Rule 62a EPC and Rule 63 EPC), Mandatory responses to the international written opinion prepared by the EPO (Rule 161 EPC) and The European search opinion (Rule…

IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (IP5 PPH)

The IP5 Offices launched on 6 January 2014 the comprehensive IP5 PPH Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme for a period of three years ending on 5 January 2017. Under the IP5 PPH pilot programme a PPH request can be based Either on the latest PCT work product (written opinion of the ISA (WO-ISA) or international…