About Intellectual Property IP Training IP Outreach IP for… IP and... IP in... Patent & Technology Information Trademark Information Industrial Design Information Geographical Indication Information Plant Variety Information (UPOV) IP Laws, Treaties & Judgements IP Resources IP Reports Patent Protection Trademark Protection Industrial Design Protection Geographical Indication Protection Plant Variety Protection (UPOV) IP Dispute Resolution IP Office Business Solutions Paying for IP Services Negotiation & Decision-Making Development Cooperation Innovation Support Public-Private Partnerships The Organization Working with WIPO Accountability Patents Trademarks Industrial Designs Geographical Indications Copyright Trade Secrets WIPO Academy Workshops & Seminars World IP Day WIPO Magazine Raising Awareness Case Studies & Success Stories IP News WIPO Awards Business Universities Indigenous Peoples Judiciaries Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions Economics Gender Equality Global Health Climate Change Competition Policy Sustainable Development Goals Enforcement Frontier Technologies Mobile Applications Sports Tourism PATENTSCOPE Patent Analytics International Patent Classification ARDI – Research for Innovation ASPI – Specialized Patent Information Global Brand Database Madrid Monitor Article 6ter Express Database Nice Classification Vienna Classification Global Design Database International Designs Bulletin Hague Express Database Locarno Classification Lisbon Express Database Global Brand Database for GIs PLUTO Plant Variety Database GENIE Database WIPO-Administered Treaties WIPO Lex - IP Laws, Treaties & Judgments WIPO Standards IP Statistics WIPO Pearl (Terminology) WIPO Publications Country IP Profiles WIPO Knowledge Center WIPO Technology Trends Global Innovation Index World Intellectual Property Report PCT – The International Patent System ePCT Budapest – The International Microorganism Deposit System Madrid – The International Trademark System eMadrid Article 6ter (armorial bearings, flags, state emblems) Hague – The International Design System eHague Lisbon – The International System of Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications eLisbon UPOV PRISMA Mediation Arbitration Expert Determination Domain Name Disputes Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) Digital Access Service (DAS) WIPO Pay Current Account at WIPO WIPO Assemblies Standing Committees Calendar of Meetings WIPO Official Documents Development Agenda Technical Assistance IP Training Institutions COVID-19 Support National IP Strategies Policy & Legislative Advice Cooperation Hub Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISC) Technology Transfer Inventor Assistance Program WIPO GREEN WIPO's Pat-INFORMED Accessible Books Consortium WIPO for Creators WIPO ALERT Member States Observers Director General Activities by Unit External Offices Job Vacancies Procurement Results & Budget Financial Reporting Oversight

Participating Offices

United Kingdom

Title:United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office
Depositing Office:
  • National patent applications
Depositing Office since:October 4, 2009
Accessing Office:
  • National patent applications
Accessing Office since:October 4, 2009


Date: September 30, 2009

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office notified the International Bureau in accordance with paragraphs 10 and 12 of the Framework Provisions that it would commence operation as both a depositing Office and an accessing Office with effect from 4 October 2009.

The legal basis for recognition of priority documents made available through the service is Rule 8(4)(b) of the Patents Rules 2007, which waives the requirement for a copy of a priority application to be furnished where it is available to the comptroller. Rule 2(3) states that a document is available to the comptroller where it is in electronic storage and he can access it by using electronic communications.

In order for Rule 8(4)(b) to apply, the document must be available to the comptroller by the end of the period in which it would normally have to be furnished (“the relevant period”). If a priority document temporarily cannot be retrieved by the Office from the service, but a certificate in accordance with paragraph 13 of the Framework Provisions states that the document was available to the Office before the end of the relevant period, the document may be retrieved later with no further action required by the applicant.

If a priority document ultimately cannot be retrieved by the Office from the service, the applicant may be required to furnish a copy of the document in accordance with Rule 8(2) of the Patents Rules 2007. If the priority document cannot be furnished before the end of the relevant period, the period can be extended in two month tranches in accordance with Rule 108.

Following consultation with the Consultative Group and designation by the International Bureau on 22 September 2009, the scope of the Office’s participating digital library (hosted by the International Bureau) which it makes available as a depositing Office extends to all national patent applications filed at the Office in electronic form which the applicant specifically requests be made available to the service.

As an accessing Office, the Office will recognise priority documents available to it through the service for the purposes of any application for which the time for furnishing the priority document has not expired by 4th October 2009.

Technical arrangements

  • All documents and information will be exchanged over PCT-EDI.
  • As a depositing Office, the Office has adopted Route A from the alternative entry routes set out in the system architecture described in Annex I of document WIPO/DAS/PD/WG/2/4.

Practical information

  • A request to the Office to make an application available through the service may be made at the time of filing by checking the relevant box in the Office’s electronic filing system, or after filing by sending a letter clearly stating the relevant application number and indicating that it should be made available to the Priority Document Access Service (provided that the application was filed electronically).
  • To request the Office as accessing Office to retrieve a priority document from the service, the applicant should check the relevant box in the Office’s electronic filing system, or for paper-filed applications, indicate in a covering letter or on Patents Form 1 that the document is available via the Priority Document Access Service, along with the date on which it became available. Documents retrieved via the service may also be used to substantiate a reference to an earlier application in accordance with Rule 17(3) of the Patents Rules 2007.
  • The Intellectual Property Office will notify an applicant within 30 days if it is unable to retrieve a document from the service. This will ensure that the applicant has enough time to furnish a copy of the document, or to extend the period for doing so if necessary.