World Intellectual Property Organization

WIPO CASE - Centralized Access to Search and Examination

The WIPO CASE system enables patent offices to securely share search and examination documentation related to patent applications in order to facilitate work sharing programs.

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Many patent applications are filed in multiple offices and patent examiners can increase the efficiency and quality of their work by sharing their examination results.

The system was initially developed by the International Bureau in response to a request from the Vancouver Group offices (the patent offices of Australia, Canada and the UK). Based on their requirements, an initial system was deployed in 2011. The system was further enhanced during 2012 and is now operational for exchange of documents between examiners in the three offices.

Since June 1, 2015, any patent office may join the system by notifying the International Bureau that it is willing to participate according to the new terms and conditions PDF, framework provisions for the system. The office will choose whether it wishes to be a providing office or only an accessing office and technical choices need to be made for the exchange of documents between the office and the system. During a transition period, some offices are still participating according to the previous version of the terms and conditions PDF, framework provisions.

  • Framework provisions PDF, framework provision

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Description of the system

WIPO CASE provides a platform to share information with regards to search and examination reports among participating local intellectual property (IP) offices.

The objective of WIPO CASE is to improve the quality and efficiency of the patent search and examination process done at local and regional patent offices. Time taken for examination work can be reduced and quality of search results can be improved by sharing information. The local or regional patent office can carry out further search and examination work if deemed necessary after analyzing existing information of any equivalent filing at another participating patent office.

Consultative group

The WIPO CASE consultative group is made up of representatives of all participating offices. The consultative group is responsible for:

  • reviewing and approving technical specifications;
  • reviewing changes to the Terms and Conditions.

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Dossier Linkage System

The IP5 (Japan Patent Office, European Patent Office, Korean Intellectual Property Office, State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China and the United States Patent and Trademark Office) has developed the One Portal Dossier (OPD) which is a platform for the secure exchange of patent search and examination documentation (dossier information).

The JPO’s OPD system has been linked to the WIPO CASE system with a view to enable exchange dossier information between two systems. Interested IP5 offices will be able to use the linkage system to retrieve documentation from WIPO CASE offices and interested WIPO CASE offices will have access to the documentation from IP5 offices if they agree to use the linkage system according to the Guideline on Use of the Dossier Access System linked with One Portal Dossier and WIPO-CASE as a Pilot Case. The offices participating in the linkage system are listed here. PDF, Dossier linkage system

For additional information, please see the information published by the Japanese Patent Office.

List of Offices

Offices can share their dossier information either directly through the WIPO CASE system or through the IP5 One Portal Dossier linkage system.

For offices which participate directly in WIPO CASE, there are two different levels of participation:

  • Accessing Office - Examiners at the accessing office have access to the WIPO CASE web portal and can use the system to search for patent applications at other participating offices and to retrieve the documents that are made available by those offices;
  • Providing Office - The providing office makes available the search and examination documentation for patent applications filed at that office. Technically, this may be done by uploading the documents into the WIPO CASE system hosted by WIPO, or by making the documents available to the WIPO CASE system via secure web services.

The following offices are sharing dossier information:

 

 

CountryOfficeAccessing OfficeProviding OfficeOffice participating in the Linkage System between OPD and WIPO CASENotification
Australia IP Australia Yes Yes Yes

Notification by IP Australia (May 27, 2013)

Notification by IP Australia (June 1, 2015)

Brunei Darussalam The Brunei Darussalem Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) Yes Yes   Notification by BruIPO (October 14, 2014)
Canada Canadian Intellectual Property Office Yes Yes Yes Notification by CIPO (June 25, 2013)
Chile National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) Yes No   Notification by INAPI (April 8, 2015)
China State Intellectual Property Office of China Yes Yes   Notification by SIPO (November 2013)
India Intellectual Property India Yes No   Notification by Intellectual Property India (September 10, 2014)
Indonesia Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights (DGIPR) Yes No   Notification by DGIPR (October 3, 2014)
Israel Israel Patent Office Yes Yes Yes Notification by ILPO
(December 4,  2013)
Japan Japan Patent Office Yes Yes Yes Notification by JPO - July 13, 2015
Lao People's Democratic Republic Lao People's Democratic Republic Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) Yes No   Notification by DIP (January 23, 2015)
Malaysia Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) Yes No Yes Notification by MyIPO - June 2, 2014
Mongolia Intellectual Property Office of Mongolia (IPOM) Yes No   Following the request from IPOM in August 2013 and the review by the WIPO CASE Consultative Group, Mongolia is operating as an accessing office
New Zealand Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand Yes No   Notification by IPONZ (June 12, 2015)
Philippines Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) Yes No Yes Notification by IPOPHL (July 21, 2014)
Republic of Korea Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) Yes Yes   Notification by KIPO – June 5, 2015
Singapore Intellectual Property Office of Singapore Yes No   Following the request of IPOS in July 2013 and the review by the WIPO CASE Consultative Group, Singapore is operating as an accessing office.
United Kingdom The UK Patent Office Yes Yes Yes Notification by UK Patent Office (May 3, 2013)
Viet Nam National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) Yes No   Following the request from NOIP in August 2013 and the review by the WIPO CASE Consultative Group, Vietnam is operating as an accessing office

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