The USPTO Global Dossier Service Is Scheduled To Go Live In Mid-November

Author:Ms Laura Gordon

The Global Dossier is a project stemming from a collaboration between the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (collectively, the IP5 Offices). As envisioned by the IP5 Office heads, the Global Dossier will exist as a set of business services accessible through an online portal that will allow for communication between users and all participating patent offices. The hope is that users - such as applicants/patent owners, examiners, and interested third parties - will eventually be able to access information about all patents in the participating offices and to use the electronic services of those offices. The overarching goal is to streamline communication among the participating offices to provide an efficient and cost-effective user environment.On June 5, 2014, the EPO and SIPO launched the first Global Dossier service that displays both European and Chinese content on families of patent applications filed in the two offices. The EPO extended coverage to include file wrapper data from the JPO and KIPO and, most recently, the USPTO. The EPO-hosted Global Dossier may be accessed through the European Patent Register by searching for a European patent application, clicking on the "patent family" link on the left-hand navigation menu, and opening the Global Dossier for each family member. Alternatively, the Global Dossier may be accessed through Espacenet by displaying...

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