Notifications by participating offices

Australia (IP Australia)

On July 19, 2016, the Intellectual Property Office of Australia (IP Australia) notified WIPO of its willingness to make it’s dossier information publically available through WIPO’s Public Access portal for the WIPO Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) as given by the updated terms and conditions for the use of the WIPO CASE effective from June 1, 2015. It also notified WIPO that it wished to allow other participating offices’ public access portals to retrieve IP Australia’s dossier information from WIPO CASE.

IP Australia had notified WIPO on June 1, 2015, that IP Australia agrees to the terms and conditions for the use of the WIPO CASE effective from June 1, 2015. IP Australia was previously operating under the Framework Provisions for the WIPO CASE ("The Framework") established on 1 March 2013.

IP Australia operates as a Providing office and Accessing office. As a Providing office, IP Australia provides search and examination results via Web Services for all patent applications published since 2006.

Brunei Darussalam (Brunei Darussalam Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO))

The Brunei Darussalam Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) notified WIPO on October 14, 2014, that BruIPO is operating under the Framework Provisions for the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) (“The Framework Provisions”) established on 1 March 2013. DGIPR operates as an Accessing and Depositing Office under the Framework Provisions.

(Cambodia) Department of Industrial Property (DIP), Ministry of Industry and Handicraft (MIH) of Cambodia

The Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), Ministry of Industry and Handicraft (MIH) of Cambodia notified WIPO on March 22, 2016 that DIP is operating under the terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015. DIP operates as an Accessing Office.

Canada (Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO))

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) notified WIPO on July 15, 2015, that CIPO agrees to the terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015. CIPO operates as a Providing office and Accessing office. CIPO’s dossier information may also be provided to the public via WIPO CASE with the prerequisite that the dossier has been made open to public inspection (i.e. post the 18-month confidentiality period, except with the approval of the applicant).

CIPO was previously operating under the Framework Provisions for the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) ("The Framework Provisions") established on 1 March 2013.

Chile (National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI), Ministry of Economy of Chile)

On September 29, 2016, the National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI), Ministry of Economy of Chile, notified WIPO that INAPI will now also operate as a Providing Office. 

INAPI had notified WIPO on March 7, 2016, that INAPI agrees to the new terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015 and operates as an Accessing Office. 

INAPI was previously operating under the Framework Provisions for the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) ("The Framework Provisions") established on 1 March 2013.

China (State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO))

The State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO) notified WIPO on July 28, 2015, that SIPO agrees to the terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015.

SIPO acts as an Accessing and Providing office and provides all available search and examination documents via Web Services for patent applications filed at SIPO.

SIPO’s dossier information may also be provided to the public via WIPO CASE by WIPO and by other participating offices only if individually authorized by SIPO.

The SIPO Cloud Patent Examination Solution (CPES) was linked with WIPO CASE following a cooperation agreement signed between SIPO and WIPO in November 2013 and SIPO examiners access WIPO CASE via a link from CPES.

Costa Rica (Register of Industrial Property of Costa Rica)

The Register of Industrial Property notified WIPO on January 10, 2017, that it agrees to the new terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015.  The Register of Industrial Property operates as an Accessing Office.

Egyptian Patent Office

The Egyptian Patent Office notified WIPO on February 23, 2017, that it agrees to the new terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015. The Egyptian Patent Office operates as an Accessing Office.

Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO)

The Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO) notified WIPO on June 8, 2016, that EAPO agrees to the new terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015.  EAPO operates as an Accessing Office.

European Patent Office (EPO)

The European Patent Organization (EPO) notified WIPO on July 21, 2016, of its willingness to participate with immediate effect as a providing and accessing office under the terms and conditions for the use of the WIPO Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015.

National Intellectual Property Centre of Georgia (SAKPATENTI)

The National Intellectual Property Centre of Georgia SAKPATENTI notified WIPO on October 9, 2017 that as of November 1, 2017, it was ready to operate as an Accessing Office of the WIPO CASE system under the new terms and conditions for the use of WIPO CASE effective from June 1, 2015.

SAKPATENTI will share its patent family data with WIPO in order to facilitate the operation. In addition, the Centre would extend the scope of its participation in the future to become a Depositing Office for WIPO CASE upon its technical readiness to provide its dossier information.

India (Intellectual Property India)

Intellectual Property India notified WIPO on September 10, 2014, that the Indian Patent Office is operating under the Provisions for the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) (“The Framework Provisions”) established on 1 March 2013. The Indian Patent Office operates as an Accessing office under the Framework Provisions.

Intellectual Property India notified WIPO on March 23, 2016, that the Indian Patent Office is operating under the Terms and Conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015. The Indian Patent Office operates as an Accessing office under the new terms and conditions.

Indonesia (Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights (DGIPR), Ministry of Law and Human Rights of Indonesia)

The Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights (DGIPR), Ministry of Law and Human Rights of Indonesia notified WIPO on October 3, 2014, that DGIPR is operating under the Provisions for the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) (“The Framework Provisions”) established on 1 March 2013. DGIPR operates as an Accessing Office under the Framework Provisions. DGIPR will inform WIPO on its readiness to contribute as a Depositing Office in due course.

International Bureau of WIPO

The International Bureau (IB) of WIPO operates only as a Providing office for PCT documents, according to the terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015.

The IB provides dossier information for all PCT applications filed since 1978. The dossier information includes all available PCT International Search Reports, Written Opinions of the Search Authority, International Preliminary Reports on Patentability, PCT International Preliminary Examination Reports and related documents.

Israel Patent Office (ILPO)

The Israel Patent Office (ILPO) notified WIPO on December 4, 2013, that ILPO is operating under the Provisions for the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) (“The Framework Provisions”) established on 1 March 2013. ILPO operates as a Depositing and Accessing office under the Framework Provisions. In terms of conformance with Section 22 to the Framework Provisions, the ILPO makes available to the WIPO CASE system the following documents:

  • International Type Search Report in accordance with Article 15(5) of the PCT (where such report was requested by applicant);
  • Bibliographic Data;
  • Examination reports;
  • Search Strategies;
  • Specifications.

The data deposited by ILPO will cover all applications for which substantial examination started since January 1st, 2010.

Apart from the Specifications which are mostly in English, the majority of the rest of the documents will be deposited in the Hebrew language and users of the WIPO CASE system will be able to use machine translation to be provided by the International Bureau in the WIPO CASE system.

Japan Patent Office (JPO)

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) notified WIPO on July 13, 2015 that JPO agrees to the terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015. JPO operates as an Accessing and Providing office.

Details of specific information and codifying additional terms and conditions are specified in the attached document PDF, Japan - additional terms and conditions .

Lao People's Democratic Republic Department of Intellectual Property (DIP)

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) notified WIPO on January 23, 2015 that DIP is operating under the Provisions for the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) (“The Framework Provisions”) established on 1 March 2013. DIP operates as an Accessing office under the Framework Provisions.

Malaysia (Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO))

The Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) notified WIPO on June 2, 2014, that MyIPO is operating under the Provisions for the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) (“The Framework Provisions”) established on 1 March 2013. MyIPO operates as an Accessing office under the Framework Provisions. MyIPO will inform WIPO on its readiness to contribute as a Depositing Office in due course.

New Zealand (Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ))

The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) notified WIPO on June 12, 2015 that IPONZ agrees to the terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015. IPONZ operates as an Accessing office.

IPONZ was previously operating under the Framework Provisions for the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) ("The Framework Provisions") established on 1 March 2013.

Papua New Guinea (Intellectual Property Office of Papua New Guinea (IPOPNG))

The Intellectual Property Office of Papua New Guinea (IPOPNG) notified WIPO on February 10, 2016, that IPOPNG is operating as an Accessing Office under the new terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015. 

Philippines (Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL))

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) notified WIPO on July 21, 2014, that IPOPHL is operating under the Provisions for the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) (“The Framework Provisions”) established on 1 March 2013. IPOPHL operates as an Accessing office under the Framework Provisions. IPOPHL will inform WIPO on its readiness to contribute as a Depositing Office in due course.

Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property

The Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property notified WIPO on August 12, 2016, that it agrees to the new terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015. The Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property operates as an Accessing Office.

Republic of Azerbaijan (Industrial Property Examination Center (AzPatent) of the State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Patent of the Republic of Azerbaijan)

The Industrial Property Examination Center (AzPatent) of the State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Patent notified WIPO on November 17, 2016, that AzPatent agrees to the new terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015. AzPatent operates as an Accessing Office.

Republic of Korea (Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO))

The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) notified WIPO on June 5, 2015 that KIPO agrees to the terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015. KIPO operates as an Accessing and Providing office.

Singapore (Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS))

Since April 8, 2016, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) was operating as an Accessing Office under the new terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015. (IPOS was previously operating under the Framework Provisions for the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) ("The Framework Provisions") established on 1 March 2013).

On October 1, 2017, IPOS notified WIPO that it would act as a Providing Office to WIPO CASE with effect from October 1, 2017.

IPOS agrees to share patent dossier information as a Providing Office as described in the document titled in the "Terms and Conditions for the Use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination System established on 1 June 2015" (hereafter referred to as "WIPO CASE T&C').

The scope and nature of the patent dossier information that IPOS will share is as follows:

  1. The information to be shared is the content of files related to the processing of applications, search, examination, granting and maintenance of Singapore patent rights;
  2. The information to be shared relates to applications for Singapore patent rights made on or after 14 February 2014 and their subsequent registrations (where registered);
  3. The information will include bibliographic data, document contents, and legal status information relating to published patent applications;
  4. The information will include documents submitted by applicants such as specifications and corrections/amendments; and documents issued by IPOS's Patents Registry, such as office actions, search reports, written opinions, notification of reasons for refusal, and decisions to grant;
  5. Where citation data is available in the written opinion or in the examination report, it will be available to Accessing Offices. IPOS will not be providing citation data under a separate data field; and
  6. All forms of cited document information which is discovered as a result of a search and cited in an office action or in other format, and documents submitted by third parties such as third party observations, shall be excluded.

IPOS agrees to make the above described patent dossier information available to all Accessing offices of WIPO CASE. IPOS shall be informed of the inclusion of new Accessing Office(s) as stated in paragraph 37 of the WIPO CASE T&C.  IPOS will provide the above described patent dossier information to Accessing Offices through the International Bureau of WIPO, by transferring the dossier information to be hosted by the International Bureau.

Access to the above described patent dossier information is subject to the following:

  1. Compliance with the paragraphs relating to "Secondary Use and Responsibility" and " Abusive Use and Denial of Access" in the WIPO CASE T&C; and
  2. All use, modification and distribution of the patent dossier information for commercial purposes, and the use of metadata generated from the use of the above described patent dossier information for commercial purposes, shall not be permitted without the prior consent of IPOS.

IPOS will make available an English translation of the dossier information where such English translation has been provided by the patent applicant to IPOS.

Thailand (Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), Ministry of Commerce of Thailand)

The Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), Ministry of Commerce of Thailand notified WIPO on September 28, 2015 that DIP is operating under the terms and conditions for the use of the Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015. DIP operates as an Accessing Office.

United Kingdom (Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom (UK IPO))

The Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom (UK IPO) notified WIPO on July 18, 2016, that UK IPO agrees to the terms and conditions for the use of the WIPO  Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) effective from June 1, 2015. UK IPO operates as a Depositing and Accessing office.

UK IPO was previously operating under the Framework Provisions for the WIPO CASE ("The Framework") established on 1 March 2013.

United States of America (Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO))

On November 7, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), notified WIPO that USPTO will now also operate as an Accessing Office beginning December 2, 2016. The modified Notice of Participation of the USPTO is available here PDF, Japan - additional terms and conditions .

The USPTO had previously notified the Director General that it will participate in the WIPO system for Centralized Access to Search and Examination (WIPO CASE) effective October 18, 2015, and that in accordance with paragraph 35 of the June 1 , 2015 Terms and Conditions for use of WIPO CASE (WIPO's T&Cs), it will act as a Providing Office.