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Patent Prosecution Highways - PPH

Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO) participates in the Patent Prosecutrion Highway (PPH) programme. We currently participate in Global PPH Program and additionally have a PPH program with China.

At DKPTO we see it as part of our responsibility to provide applicants with an international patent system which is fit for the purpose, meaning that it must deliver high quality examination through efficient and speedy processes.

DKPTO views the PCT-system as the backbone of the international patent system. However, the challenge of the ever-increasing workload prompt offices to explore possible avenues for both decreasing workload and increasing quality. This is the reason why DKPTO takes part in the PPH cooperation.

The Patent Prosecution Program will:

  • Increase work sharing and thus contribute to the reduction of workload and backlogs

  • Provide applicants with faster, more predictable and less costly access to patent rights through a PPH fast-track procedure at an office of later examination

What is the PPH programme?

A PPH is an informal agreement between patent offices. A PPH agreement means that an applicant can request an accelerated processing of a patent application at a Patent Office of later examination when a Patent Office of earlier examination has already found the corresponding patent claims to be patentable.

PPH establishes a process where the later patent office get access to and make use of the work already carried out by the earlier patent office in relation to the same invention. This means that the patent office of later examination can process the patent application quicker than it would otherwise be able to, because its examination process begins at a more informed level compared to the normal examination procedure. This also means that the quality of its search and examination will be improved. 

Further Information

You can find more information about our current PPH agreements and PPH in general here.