November 2019 | No. 11/2019


WIPO Digital Access Service for Priority Documents

It is recalled that, by using the WIPO Digital Access Service for Priority Documents (DAS), a PCT applicant can request the International Bureau (IB) to retrieve a copy of an earlier application from DAS for use as a priority document, instead of providing or arranging for the provision of a certified copy.  Note that, in order to be able to make use of the DAS service, the national/regional office with which the earlier application was filed must be a DAS depositing Office, and not necessarily the receiving Office with which the international application is filed.  The “Practical Advice” in this issue contains further information on DAS.

IP Australia

IP Australia in its capacity as a depositing Office for certified copies of national patent applications and PCT applications filed with the Office as PCT receiving Office has notified the IB that, with effect from 1 November 2019, it has extended the scope of its DAS digital library to include trademarks and industrial designs.

For further information, see:


Canadian Intellectual Property Office

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office, which is already a depositing and accessing Office for industrial design applications as priority documents, has notified the IB that it has commenced operation as an accessing Office for patent priority documents with effect from 30 October 2019.

For further information, see:


A list of the DAS participating Offices is available at: