Russia and China Conclude a Patent Prosecution Highway

After a bilateral meeting between China State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and Russia Federal Intellectual Property Office (FIPO), China and Russia concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on Patent Prosecution Highway between the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federal Intellectual Property Office. [detail information in Chinese]

The Russian office has now become the fifth national IP office to conclude a  patent prosecution highway with China SIPO (the others are Japan, the USA, Germany and Korea). According to the Memorandum of Understanding, the pilot project will begin on July. 1st 2012, and will last for 1 year.  The rapid growth in PPH’s, including this intra-BRIC PPH,  is startling considering prior Chinese concerns that PPH’s and other methods of burden sharing might adversely implicate China’s “patent sovereignty.”