The digital libraries of the following Offices are participating in the WIPO Digital Document Access Service, established under the Framework Provisions for the Digital Access Service.
Note that only Offices where a service date is given are currently offering the exchange of documents through the Service. A status of "designated" in the table means that a digital library held by the Office has been designated in accordance with paragraph 7 of the Framework Provisions, but that as yet no notification has been given by that Office as to when the digital library will be available for use through the Service. Several other Offices are working with the International Bureau to allow use of their digital libraries with the Service but have not yet had their libraries designated.
There are two different types of notification possible:
- Depositing Office (paragraph 10 of the Framework Provisions): The Office, which is usually acting as the Office of first filing, allows applications to be made available to the Service;
- Accessing Office (paragraph 12 of the Framework Provisions): The Office, acting as an Office of second filing, allows the applicant to request that a priority document be retrieved from the Service instead of having to file a certified copy.
At present, the service is operational for patent documents only. One office is ready to deposit and retrieve patent and utility model documents. Documents relating to other IP rights, such as Industrial Designs and Trademarks will be exchanged through the system once the participating offices have made the necessary operational and technical changes.
The main effects of the notifications, as well as information on digital libraries which have been designated, are summarized in the table below. For more information, please see the complete notifications.
New "Access Code" Procedure
As of July 1, 2012, a new procedure has been introduced for Accessing Offices to retrieve priority documents from the service by using access codes. Applicants can provide the access code directly to the Office of second filing, instead of giving that Office access authorization to retrieve a priority document via the applicant portal. The table below indicates Offices which have implemented the necessary operational and technical changes to offer this new procedure. The applicant portal can be used in parallel to authorize access to those DAS Accessing Offices that have not yet implemented the new procedure.
|Office||Depositing Office - Operational||Depositing Office - Scope||Accessing Office||Further Information Relating To Using The System|
|Offering the new ACCESS CODE pROCEDURE|
|AU||IP Australia||from 12 December 2009||National patent applications||from 12 December 2009||from 28 November 2012|
|DK||Danish Patent and Trademark Office||from 1 November 2011||National applications and International applications filed with RO/DK||Not applicable|
|CN||State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China||from 1 March 2012||National patent applications||from 1 March 2012||from 15 April 2013|
|ES||Spanish Patent and Trademark Office||from 1 October 2009||National patent applications||from 1 October 2009|
|FI||National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland||from 15 April 2011||National applications and International applications filed with RO/FI||from 15 April 2011|
|GB||United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office||from 4 October 2009||National patent applications||from 4 October 2009||from 19 November 2012|
|IB||International Bureau||from 1 April 2009||International applications filed with RO/IB||from 1 January 2010||from 1 July 2012|
|JP||Japan Patent Office||from 1 April 2009||National patent and utility model applications||from 1 April 2009||from 17 March 2013|
|KR||Korean Intellectual Property Office||from 1 July 2009||National patent applications||from 1 July 2009|
|SE||Swedish Patent and Registration Office||from 1 November 2011||National applications and International applications filed with RO/SE||Not applicable|
|US||United States Patent and Trademark Office||from 20 April 2009||National patent applications||from 20 April 2009||from 18 March 2013|