CNIPA and DPMA Extend PPH Pilot Program

February 29, 2024

The CNIPA and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) have jointly decided to extend their Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program for another three years, from January 23, 2024, to January 22, 2027. The requirements for and procedures of participating in the pilot program shall continue to follow the CNIPA-DPMA PPH Guidelines.

The extension of the CNIPA-DPMA PPH pilot program will further advance China-Germany communication and cooperation in IP, serve both Chinese and German innovators by accelerating the patent examination process, and deepen the two offices' cooperation in patent examination.

(Source: website of the CNIPA)