US-JP Collaborative Search Pilot (CSP) to be continued until October 31, 2024
The US-JP Collaborative Search Pilot Program (the “US-JP CSP”) is the framework for supporting users so that they can obtain the first examination results from the JPO and the USPTO as earlier and simultaneously as possible, where the JPO and the USPTO independently conduct their own prior art searches respectively for an invention of a corresponding patent applications filed both in Japan and the U.S. and share their search results and opinions before issuing the first examination results.
Originally, the 3rd phase of the program was scheduled to be carried out for 2 years, i.e., to commence on November 1, 2020 and end on October 31, 2022. However, as a result of the further discussion between the JPO and the USPTO, the two Offices have agreed to extend the 3rd phase for another two years, continuing until October 31, 2024. The extension will cause no change in the operation scheme.
Now, a unified application form has been brought in so as to alleviate a burden of application. By use of the unified application form, you only have to apply to either of the JPO and the USPTO in order to participate in this program. A conventional application form can also be used.
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