Global Dossier Initiative


Globe iconWHAT is

Global Dossier?

Global Dossier is a proposed set of business services aimed at modernizing the global patent system and delivering benefits to all stakeholders through a single portal/user interface.  The first service is secure, online access to the file histories of related applications from participating Offices.

Globe iconWHO makes up

Global Dossier?

Global Dossier is a project being delivered by the IP5 Offices.  The IP5 is made up of: The European Patent Office (EPO), Japan Patent Office (JPO), Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO), and the USPTO. 

A Global Dossier Task Force was created to ensure that the services developed align with the needs of all stakeholders.  It is made up of the IP5 Offices, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and IP5 Industry Groups: American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), Business Europe (BE), Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA), Korea Intellectual Property Association (KINPA), and Patent Protection Association of China (PPAC).


Globe iconHOW does Global
Dossier help?

Global Dossier will provide all stakeholders with secure, one-stop access to related applications across the IP5, the five largest patent offices in the world.


  • Provides a single, secure point of access for the management of dossier and examination information
  • Increases efficiency and predictability of global patent family prosecution
  • Time and cost savings for patent applicants - will allow for more IP to be protected
  • Enables and encourages streamlining of Office procedures among different IP Offices


Globe iconWHEN does Global
Dossier launch?


The business services of Global Dossier will be delivered incrementally.  In Spring 2015, the USPTO examiners were given access to the dossier information of the related IP5 applications.  In June 2015, the USPTO became a providing Office, allowing access to US dossiers through IP5 Global Dossier User Interfaces.  In November 2015, the USPTO-hosted User Interface for Global Dossier will be released, giving public stakeholders access to the full file history on a patent application family from the participating Offices. 

Globe iconWHAT services are next

for Global Dossier?

In January 2015, the Global Dossier Task Force meeting took place in Suzhou, China, where IP5 Industry identified five short-term goals for the Offices to explore.  There was an agreement among the IP5 that each Office would define the scope of a particular topic identified by Industry Groups as short-term goals:

  • Proof-of-Concept for Inter-Office Exchange – determining the feasibility of inter-office document sharing, i.e. change of address, priority documents, Prior Art exchanges, Bib data update, etc.
  • Alerting Functionality – an automated mechanism that alerts when there is a change in the status of an application
  • XML Document Provision – ability to download application content  in XML format
  • Applicant Name Standardization – an automated mechanism that will assign a single unique name to entities with applications pending in multiple offices
  • Legal Status - mechanism to allow offices to view the legal status of an application in another Office

The IP5 Offices are currently evaluating these short-term goals to determine which of these will be the next service to deliver.

We would love to have stakeholders provide input, feedback, and suggestions on these five short-term goals throughIdeascale logo.


Globe iconHOW can stakeholders

become involved?

The USPTO wants to hear from stakeholders.  The business services of Global Dossier are being designed with stakeholders in mind.  We are looking for stakeholder input, feedback, and suggestions throughout the entire development process.  We will be setting up roundtable discussions and interviews in late spring 2015 to gather stakeholder input and feedback.

If you would like more information on how you can become involved with Global Dossier, please email


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