|The evening before oral proceedings, |
Jasper couldn't help worrying that
his profits would not be big enough
to sway the Examining Division.
The announcements are carried in the most recent Official Journal (see the notices here, here and here) and contain a bewilderingly impressive range of examples of complex family relationships in the form of flowcharts showing how related cases qualify for PPH, one example of which is illustrated below.
|One of the thirteen examples provided showing how a pair of EP and US cases might be sufficiently related to benefit from PPH|
|Mottainai - so much better than "2.0" |
Picture courtesy of 5chw4r7z.com
|Do PPH examiners follow one another's lead like this?Or is |
the picture just included because these are cats?
True, using the other office's "work results" does suggest that the EPO examiner can streamline his or her search based on the work done abroad, but bear in mind that the EPO Examiner usually has access to those foreign search results regardless of whether the EP case has been marked for PPH treatment.
The JPO keeps a portal website on the PPH with a surprising wealth of information, including statistics which show that usage has been relatively modest at the EPO - in the three-and-a-bit years since PPH began (from September 2008 to December 2011), there were 684 PPH requests filed at the EPO. In comparison, there were 6354 such requests filed at the USPTO and 1791 at the JPO. (The US and JP figures are largely based on co-operation between those two offices, rather than e.g. US and Japanese applicants requesting PPH treatment based on the granting of corresponding EP cases.)
|Let's give everyone priority over the rest of the traffic|