アメリカ合衆国 (United States of America)

Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP - Intellectual Property Law

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Staas & Halsey LLP

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

Young & Thompson International Patent and Trademark Law


Goudreau Gage Dubuc

Ridout & Maybee LLP

メキシコ合衆国(the United Mexican States)

Dumont Bergman Bider & Co., S.C.

ブラジル連邦共和国(Federative Republic of Brazil)

Custodio de Almeida & Cia.


イギリス(United Kingdom)

Brookes IP

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

D Young & Co

J A Kemp


Societa Italiana Brevetti



スイス(Swiss Confederation)



Duran-Corretjer S.L.P.


ドイツ連邦共和国(Federal Republic of Germany)



Dr. Meyer-Dulheuer & Partner

Strehl Schubel-Hopf & Partner

von Kreisler Selting Werner Patents Trademarks Designs

トルコ(Republic of Turkey)

Deris Patents and Trademarks Agency

ノルウェー王国 (Kingdom of Norway)

Oslo Patentkontor AS

フランス共和国(French Republic)

Cabinet Beau de Lomenie

Cabinet Ores

ベルギー(Kingdom of Belgium)


フィンランド(Republic of Finland

Oy Jalo Ant-Wuorinen Ab

ロシア連邦(Russian Federation)

Gorodissky & Partners

Konstantin Shilan & Co.



インド (India)

L.S. Davar & Co.

インドネシア共和国 (Republic of Indonesia)

Biro Oktroi Roosseno

Hakindah International

オーストラリア連邦 (Commonwealth of Australia)

Watermark Intellectual Asset Management

シンガポール共和国 (Republic of Singapore)


タイ王国 (Kingdom of Thailand)

Tilleke & Gibbins International Ltd.

大韓民国 (Republic of Korea)

Koreana Patent Firm

Kim & Chang


中華人民共和国 (People's Republic of China)


Beijing Sanyou Intellectual Property Agency Ltd.

China Sinda Intellectual Property Limited

Zhongzi Law Office

台湾: 中華民国 (Republic of China)

Taiwan International Patent & Law Office

(有)ユニオン パテント サービス センター

ニュージーランド (New Zealand)


フィリピン共和国(Republic of the Philippines)

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

ベトナム社会主義共和国(Socialist Republic of Viet Nam)


マレーシア (Malaysia)

Ramrais & Partners


アラブ首長国連邦 (United Arab Emirates)、オマーン国 (Sultanate of Oman)、クウェート国 (State of Kuwait)、パキスタン(Pakistan)、ヨルダン: ハシミテ王国 (Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan)

Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP)

イスラエル(State of Israel)

Reinhold Cohn & Partners


L.S. Davar & Co.


エジプト・アラブ共和国 (Arab Republic of Egypt)

Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP)

南アフリカ共和国 (Republic of South Africa)、ナイジェリア連邦共和国(Federal Republic of Nigeria

Adams and Adams Law Firm

Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program

Q1. Is a prosecution under the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program*1 available in Japan?

A1.  Yes.  The PPH programs have been implemented between the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Patent Offices of the following countries (as of August 2012):  Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, EPO, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

The JPO also implements the PPH MOTTAINAI pilot program*2 with the following countries (as of August 2012):  Australia, Canada, EPO, Finland, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.

*1 The PPH program is a framework in which a patent application with claims determined to be patentable by the Office of First Filing is eligible to go through an accelerated examination in the Office(s) of Second Filing, upon the applicant’s request.

*2 The PPH MOTTAINAI pilot program is a PPH program which enables an applicant to make PPH requests at the Office of Later Examination (OLE) by relying on the examination results of the Office of Earlier Examination (OEE), provided that the OEE and OLE have a PPH MOTTAINAI agreement.  In this program, OEE may not be the Office of First Filing, and accelerated examination can be filed based on the examination results of the Office(s) of Second Filing.

Q2. What are the documents necessary for filing a request for an accelerated examination under the PPH program in Japan?

A2.  Documents necessary for filing a request for an accelerated examination under the PPH program in Japan include:

(1)  Request for Accelerated Prosecution under PPH Program;

(2)  Amendment for bringing the Japanese claims in conformity with the claims allowed by the participating patent office other than the JPO (if necessary);

(3)  Table showing the relationship between the (amended) claims of the Japanese application and the allowed claims mentioned in (2);

(4)  All Office Actions issued by the participating patent office (omissible if available via an online file inspection sysmtem provided by the patent office);

(5)  Non-patent documents cited in the Office Action issued by the participating patent office (filing of patent documents is not required);

(6)  Copy of the allowed claims (omissible if available via an online file inspection system provided by the patent office); and

(7)  Japanese or English translations of documents (4) and (6) above when these documents are not in English.

Documents (1) to (3) must be prepared in Japanese.  Although some or all of the information included in items (4), (5) and (6) may be omitted, we usually request the applicant to provide us with such information since it is generally useful for preparing the Japanese language documents (1) to (3).

Q3. Is it possible to request an accelerated examination based on the PCT international work products?

A3.  The JPO has commenced the PPH programs based on the PCT international work products (PCT-PPH) on pilot basis.  According to current schedule (as of August 2012), this program will continue until January 28, 2014.  Participating in PCT-PPH (as of August 2012) are the following 14 countries and organizations: China, Denmark, the EPO, Finland, Iceland, Korea, Mexico, the Nordic Patent Institute, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United States.

Under the PCT-PPH programs, an accelerated examination can be requested in Japan using search and examination results (namely, written opinion or international preliminary examination report (IPER)) established by the International Searching Authorities (WO/ISA) or International Preliminary Examining Authorities (WO/IPEA) of the above-mentioned countries or organizations when any one of the examination results indicate that at least one of the claims has novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability.

Detailed requirements for filing a request for PCT-PPH may vary depending on which country's ISA or IPEA has carried out search.  Therefore, please let us know if you are interested in PCT-PPH and need more information.


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