Global Dossier Initiative
During the 5th IP5 Heads of Offices meeting recently held in France, the leaders of the five largest patent offices in the world had an initial exchange of views on the Global Dossier Initiative, a virtual environment to give all stakeholders secure, one-stop access and management to dossier and/or examination information of all family applications.
The advantages envisioned from Global Dossier include: facilitation of preplanned cross-filings; one-portal management of cross-filed applications; elimination of the need to file duplicate documents in multiple offices (e.g., priority documents, prior art citations, and so on); and cost savings through the use of modern machine translation tools. Among IP offices, it provides tremendous worksharing leverage not only through information exchange, but also examiner collaboration—activities adding to patent quality worldwide.
While most of the individual features of the Global Dossier are not new, it should be noted that Global Dossier will give cohesion to existing initiatives such as facilitation of electronic filing for PCT International Applications under the ePCT framework, improved access to dossier and/or examination information as addressed under the Trilateral CCD project, IP5’s One Portal Dossier project, and the WIPO CASE project.
The Global Dossier was the subject of USPTO Director David Kappos’ blog which can be found here: http://www.uspto.gov/blog/director/entry/introducing_the_global_dossier_initiative
The USPTO has produced a video outlining the Global Dossier Initiative, and we invite you to view it by clicking on the link …