RIYADH – The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) and the European Patent Office (EPO) have launched their joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme to enable accelerated treatment of patent applications in both regions. This agreement was entered into on 1 July 2022 and will last for three years.
Under the pilot programme, applicants whose claims have been examined by SAIP or the EPO may request accelerated processing of their corresponding patent application.
The two offices will share existing work results and data, enabling the offices to make use of each other’s work. This should lead to reduced efforts, increased efficiency, and reduced costs for users.
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