Let’s remind ourselves how the five biggest Offices for industrial design protection (called “ID5”) are coming along in terms of participation in the DAS system. It is recalled that the DAS system permits the exchange and retrieval of electronic certified copies of priority documents. So which Offices are trendy, modern, and up-to-date? Which of the ID5 Offices have not yet joined DAS for designs?
China, South Korea, and USPTO are trendy, modern, and up-to-date with respect to designs in the DAS system. Each of those Offices is both a Depositing Office and an Accessing Office for industrial designs.
The Japanese Patent Office (JPO) is an Accessing Office right now for designs. And JPO says it will become a Depositing Office for designs on January 1, 2020. The JPO will thus soon be trendy, modern, and up-to-date.
This leaves EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) as the remaining member of the ID5 as the straggler. It is hoped that EUIPO will soon join DAS for industrial designs, both as a Depositing Office and as an Accessing Office.