The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) recently signed a patent prosecution highway agreement with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA).

The PPH agreement is expected to foster and develop a bilateral partnership in the field of intellectual property and to strengthen the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the People’s Republic of China. The PPH allows an application that has been determined to be patentable in the CNIPA to undergo an accelerated examination with a simple procedure upon the applicant’s request.

It is worth noting that the SAIP has already signed PPH agreements with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO).

We expect these PHH agreements, among other efforts by the SAIP, will streamline the Saudi patent registration procedures and attract foreign patent applicants to register their inventions in Saudi Arabia.

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