Receiving Offices that need to join DAS

(Update:  A letter got sent on February 22, 2020 to the Commissioner for Patents at the USPTO, asking the RO/US to become a Depositing Office in the DAS system.  See blog post.)

(Updated to reflect that RO/EP joined the trendy, modern and up-to-date club.)

One of the important ways that a patent office can participate in the DAS program is as a Depositing Office.  This means that the Office makes applications which have been filed at that Office available to the DAS system so that other Offices can retrieve the applications.

A particular way that a patent office can participate in DAS is in its role as a Receiving Office.  The idea is that an applicant may have filed a PCT application in that Receiving Office, and may later find the need to claim priority from that PCT application with respect to some later-filed patent application.  When such a situation arises, the normal expectation of the applicant would be that of course the Receiving Office will be a Depositing Office in the DAS system.

Such a Receiving Office would, of course, deserve the accolade of being termed “trendy, modern, and up-to-date.”

Which then raises the natural question “which Receiving Offices are trendy, modern, and up-to-date?”  Here is the list of patent offices whose Receiving Offices are trendy, modern, and up-to-date:

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Eurasian Patent Organization
  • Finland
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • WIPO

One might then wonder, which Receiving Offices are not trendy, modern, and up-to-date?  And in particular, one might wonder, if we rank the Receiving Offices in order by the number of filings at those Offices, which of the top-ranked Receiving Offices are not yet trendy, modern, and up-to-date? Well, one need wonder no longer.  Here I provide the answer.

Here are the top-ranked Receiving Offices by number of PCT filings.  These five Receiving Offices, taken together, account for something like 85% of all PCT applications filed in the world.  Next to each of these five Receiving Offices I have indicated whether (as of February 2019) it has or has not become a Depositing Office in the DAS system:

  1. RO/US (USPTO) – not trendy, modern, and up-to-date
  2. RO/CN (China) – yes trendy, modern, and up-to-date
  3. RO/JP (Japan) – not trendy, modern, and up-to-date
  4. RO/EP (European Patent Office) – yes trendy, modern, and up-to-date
  5. RO/KR (Korean Intellectual Property Office) – not trendy, modern, and up-to-date

Participation as a Depositing Office is clearly an action item for RO/US, RO/JP, RO/EP, and RO/KR.

Let’s hope that the USPTO, the JPO, and the KIPO will soon join the DAS system as Receiving Offices.

 

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4 thoughts on “Receiving Offices that need to join DAS

  1. Pingback: Please consider signing this letter to the Commissioner for Patents about DAS - Ant-like Persistence

  2. The EPO needs to be removed from your last paragraph now that it has changed status (to reflect your other update to this blog post).

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