Following the discussions between the State Office for Inventions and Trademarks and JPO concluded with a Joint Statement of Intent regarding cooperation in the field of patent prosecution, the bilateral PPH Pilot Program between the two offices commenced on 1 July 2015. The basic concept of the PPH Pilot Program enables an applicant whose claims have been determined to be allowable by the Office of First Filing (OFF) to request and obtain an accelerated examination procedure for the said claims in an Office of Second Filing (OSF) based on the examination results from the first office. The applicant is thereby allowed to obtain a patentability decision regarding the application filed in the second office, more quickly.
The Joint Statement of Intent and the project implementation documents may be revised by both offices upon request and by mutual agreement, throughout the duration of the project.
The requests to participate in the PPH program received by OSIM in respect of the examination activities performed in the JPO shall be processed according to the procedure of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program between the State Office for Inventions and Trademarks of Romania (OSIM) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO), available here.
The start of the Pilot Project shall be published in BOPI No 7/2015, Inventions Section. Any further questions concerning the PPH Program shall be addressed to the Patent Directorate, at the e-mail: .
Director General of OSIM