MPEP Q & A 105: Petition Fee Requirements For Participation in the PPH

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Question:

For participation in the Global/IP5 PPH pilot program at the USPTO, does the applicant need to submit a petition fee under 37 C.F.R. 1.17(h).

Answer:

No, for participation in the Global/IP5 PPH pilot program at the USPTO, the applicant must submit:

  • A request for participation in the Global/IP5 PPH pilot program and a request that the U.S. application be advanced out of turn for examination by order of the Director to expedite the business of the Office under 37 CFR 1.102(a). A petition fee under 37 CFR 1.17(h) is NOT required.

Chapter Details:

The answer to this question can be found in the PTO supplement known as, Implementation of the Global and IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Programs with Participating Offices. This supplement covers the patent prosecution highway or PPH. This is a special supplement that at the time of this recording is currently being tested on the Patent Bar exam.

Section Summary:

This question and answer comes from the PTO supplement known as, Implementation of the Global and IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Programs with Participating Offices. The answer is specifically from Section  III. Requirements for Requesting Participation in the Global PPH or IP5 PPH (“Global/IP5 PPH”) Pilot Program in the USPTO :

Subsection B. Required Documents

This subsection covers the required documents for requesting participation in the PPH program.

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