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ARLINGTON, VA – The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) hosted a meeting on Wednesday, May 19th for users of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), which included presentations from representatives from the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO). Participants included industry representatives from Microsoft, Cree, Proctor & Gamble (P&G), Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), and 3M, as well as several major law firms.  The meeting provided PPH users the opportunity to share their PPH experiences, including problems and advantages of the system, and to develop strategies to encourage national offices and intergovernmental organizations to establish PPH procedures that are maximally user-friendly, efficient and cost-effective.

At the meeting, USPTO Patent Attorney, Charles Eloshway, presented the group with PPH statistics showing the successes of the new PPH system, including a 93% overall allowance rate for patent applications, as opposed to the 43% allowance rate for non-PPH cases. The PPH users in attendance and the JPO representatives agreed that the PPH has produced startlingly positive results in speed of prosecution, cost savings, and allowance rate.  According to AIPLA Executive Director Todd Dickinson, “AIPLA is very pleased with the initial success of the new PPH system and we are promoting greater use of the PPH among our members.”

The Patent Prosecution Highway is a set of initiatives for providing accelerated patent prosecution procedures by sharing information between some patent offices. It also permits each participating patent office to benefit from the work previously done by the other patent office, with the goal of reducing examination workload and improving patent quality.

The first PPH program began in 2006 and has been followed by several others, all proving to be very useful and promising tools to accelerate the processing of patent claims in one patent office that have been previously allowed in another.

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
The American Intellectual Property Law Association is a national bar association of more than 16,000 members engaged in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in academia. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies, and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of various fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property, and they have a keen interest in a strong and efficient intellectual property system.