Just in case you missed this bit of news: On March 7, 2012, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) announced the extension of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program between their two offices. Commenced on March 1, 2011, the PPH allows a Mexican application having claims deemed allowable to be eligible for expedited examination in the corresponding US application.
In order to further assess the efficacy of the PPH, the USPTO and IMPI have agreed to extend the program for an additional 6 months until August 31, 2012.
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