The Global Dossier (GD) is an IP5 project being developed to provide services for monitoring and managing related cases filed in multiple international offices, by modernizing the global patent system. The GD provides a single, secure point of access for the management of dossier.
IntroductionThe five IP offices (IP5) is the name given to a forum of the five largest intellectual property offices in the world that was set up to improve the efficiency of the examination process for patents worldwide. The members of IP5 are:
1. The European Patent Office (EPO)
2. The Japan Patent Office (JPO)
3. The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)
4. The State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) and
5. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
The IP5 Offices together handle about 80% of the world's patent applications, and 95% of all work carried out under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The vision of IP5 co-operation is the elimination of unnecessary duplication of work among the offices, enhancement of patent examination efficiency and quality, and guarantee of the stability of patent right.
The IP5 Offices, which started their cooperation in 2007, have been expanding the area of cooperation from work-sharing among the IP5 Offices to harmonization of patent practices and quality management. Through their cooperation, the IP5 Offices have produced many concrete results. Major results include Common Application Format (CAF), Common Citation Document (CCD), Global Dossier (GD) and Global Dossier Task Force (GDTF), IP5 Patent Information Policy, IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) and IP5 website.
Global DossierThe Global Dossier (GD) is an IP5 project being developed to provide services for monitoring and managing related cases filed in multiple international offices, by modernizing the global patent system. The GD provides a single, secure point of access for the management of dossier and examination information; increases efficiency and predictability of global patent family prosecution; time and cost savings for patent applicants by reducing applicant burden; enables and encourages streamlining of Office procedures among different IP Offices; and improves worldwide patent quality, resulting in higher value patents.
Global Dossier is a project being delivered by the IP5 Offices, provides Patent Family Service, Dossier Content Service and Classification & Citation Service. While the USPTO provides 24/7 service for these three services, the other members of IP5 have outage hours, when the data will not be available, everyday.
Global Dossier Task ForceIn January 2015, the Global Dossier Task Force meeting where IP5 Industry identified five short-term goals for the Offices to explore in an agreement that each Office would define the scope of a particular topic identified by Industry Groups as short-term goals:
1) Proof-of-Concept for Inter-Office Exchange - sharing documents between offices, e.g. prior art exchanges, supporting documents, bibliographic data updates, etc.
2) Alerting Functionality - an automated mechanism that alerts other offices, applicants, and/or representatives when there is a change in the status of an application
3) XML Document Provision - enabling the ability to download application content in XML format
4) Applicant Name Standardization - an automated mechanism that will assign a single, unique name to entities with applications pending in multiple offices
5) Legal Status - a mechanism to allow users to view the legal status of an application in another Office
The IP5 Offices are continuing to evaluate these short-term goals to determine which of these will be the next service to deliver.
On November, 20, 2015, the USPTO launched the first service for the GD, the Dossier Access , a user-friendly online interface, which will make it easier for patent applicants to quickly and easily view, monitor, and manage intellectual property (IP) protection around the world by providing access to the dossiers of related applications filed at participating offices. modernizing the global patent system and delivering benefits. The Global Dossier, similar to the PAIR, shows the entire prosecution history and documents and provides a secure, online access to the file histories of related applications from participating IP5.
A Global Dossier Task Force made up of the IP5 Offices, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and IP5 Industry Groups: American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), Business Europe (BE), Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA), Korea Intellectual Property Association (KINPA), and Patent Protection Association of China (PPAC), was created to ensure that the services developed align with the needs of all stakeholders. The IP5 Offices recognized the following three initiatives to be advanced, on June 2, 2016, at the IP5 Heads Meeting held in Tokyo: (1) Enhance the relationship with users, (2) Continue providing high-quality and reliable examination results, and (3) Explore readiness to respond to emerging technologies.
PATENT APPLICATION INFORMATION RETRIEVAL (PAIR)The USPTO has been modernizing the PAIR system and one of the latest projects is called eMod (eCommerce Modernization). eMod is a project to improve the electronic patent application process by modernizing its filing and viewing systems involving: Updated infrastructure to enable more efficient system integration; Increased functionality and overall system usefulness; Enhanced user experience through improved interface; Improved processes for patent submission, review, and management; Revamped authentication process; and Increased accuracy of application processing and publication. This project includes replacement of the current web-based patent application and document submission tool - Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web); and the current web-based solution to retrieve and download information regarding patent application status - the Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system. The USPTO has scheduled eMod Text Pilot Program Training/Workshops in June and in Summer 2016: eMod Text Pilot Program. Participants will be testing the new patent electronic filing and management system in development, Patent Center .
e-Office Action ProgramAnother project implemented was the e-Office Action program , a USPTO initiative that is designed to notify applicants, via e-Mail, that new Office communication is available for secure viewing and downloading in Private PAIR. Applicants who opt-in to the program will receive a daily e-Mail notification that will replace the paper mailed delivery of correspondence. In addition, a record of the electronic notification will be placed in the IFW when an e-Office Action notice is sent.