# 2019/01/18

PPH (Patent Prosecution Highway) between Japan and Brazil target expansion

The JPO and the INPI started the PPH pilot program form April 1, 2017, but the technical fields eligible for the PPH were limited to IT and machinery (mainly automobile-related).

From April 1, 2019, the technical fields will be expanded to polymer chemistry, metallurgy, materials, agricultural chemistry, micro-organisms, enzymes, etc.

The pilot program ends when each patent office receives 200 requests for the PPH. Further, the INPI will allow each applicant to file one request for the PPH a month.