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Quicker Patents in Germany & the U.S. via Patent Prosecution Highway Program

Germany has now agreed to participate in the Patent Prosecution Highway Program (PPH).  Under the PPH, an applicant receiving a favorable ruling from one nation may request that the corresponding application filed with the other nation advance out of turn for examination.  Other patent offices already participating in the PPH with the U.S. include those in Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea, UK, Australia, Denmark and Finland.