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New Zealand joins global patent prosecution highway

Karry Lai, Asialaw, Hong Kong


The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) became a participant patent office in the global patent prosecution highway (GPPH) on July 6. IP practitioners in New Zealand point out that the GPPH provides an accelerated option, but not acceptance of a patent. They also stress that use of the GPPH may not result in the broadest possible claims as claims need to sufficiently correspond to those found allowable

The GPPH is a multilateral agreement that allows participating patent offices to provide an accelerated option for patent examination based on a favourable examination outcome in other participating patent offices. At the moment, 24 countries are in the GPPH.

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