The United States Patent and Trademark Office has signed two separate Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) for a new pilot program designed to share prior art search information with patent applicants before the actual examination of the patent application begins. The MOCs were signed at a bilateral meeting during the IP5 Heads Meeting in Suzhou, China. More about the pilot program after the break!
The Collaboration Search Pilot (CSP) program has been designed to enhance the patent examination process and improve patent quality. Under the program, patent applicants will get access to the best prior art search results by combining the capabilities of the USPTO, KIPO and the JPO.
The pilot program will be based on the Full First Action Interview (FAI) Pilot program, that is designed to separate the initial search from substantive examination. Under the FAI program, patent applicants get access to examiner’s search results and a chance for an optional interview, before the full examination of the patent application begins.
Under the CSP MOC signed between the USPTO and KIPO, USPTO will work simultaneously with KIPO to provide two independent prior art search reports to the patent applicants, allowing them to take informed decisions about their applications. CSP with KIPO will be implemented from September 1, 2015 onwards. Under the CSP agreement with the JPO, USPTO and JPO examiners will exchange prior art search results, which will then be combined into a single FAI search report by the USPTO. CSP with JPO will be implemented from August 1, 2015 onwards.
In order to make sure that the search efforts are coordinated, the application will be accelerated in both the partnering offices.
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