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Fast-tracking Examination with the EPO

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot agreement between the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) was extended on 6 January 2018 for a further period of three years.  With this extension, the filing date limitation imposed as part of the initial pilot agreement is removed.  Accordingly, to qualify, a Canadian application no longer requires a filing or national entry in Canada that is after 5 January 2015.  More information can be found here.

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