From April 1, 2023, the Expedited Patent Prosecution Program (PPH Program) between the Eurasian Patent Office and the National Intellectual Property Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNIPA) will be extended for an indefinite period.

The interagency PPH program was launched in 2018. The signing of the Memorandum of Extension will take place as part of the 64th series of meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO in July 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland.

In connection with the EAPO becoming an International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authority under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the Offices also agreed to include work products under the PCT-PPH in the PPH Program.