At the present moment the number of Offices participating in DAS as depositing Offices is quite small. So far as I am aware the list of design depositing Offices is limited to China, Spain, and India. But a little-known feature of DAS permits design practitioners to be really smart about electronic certified copies.
The number of design accessing Offices is longer, and includes the USPTO.
The little-known feature of DAS is described here:
If the Office of first filing does not participate in DAS, the applicant can nevertheless make use of DAS by obtaining a single certified copy and submitting it to WIPO.
This offers the opportunity to try an experiment. Suppose an applicant has filed a priority application in (for example) the EUIPO, and plans to file in USPTO claiming that priority.
The old-fashioned way to perfect the priority claim would be to obtain a physical certified copy from EUIPO, and physically ship it to US counsel, and then physically ship it to the USPTO.
The smart experiment to try would be to obtain a physical certified copy from EUIPO and ship it to the IB. This then converts the certified copy into an electronic certified copy in DAS. This would be evidenced by a Certificate of Availability from DAS.
US counsel could then simply send Form PTO/SB/38 to the USPTO. USPTO in its role as a design accessing Office would then retrieve the electronic certified copy from DAS. This would save the cost of a courier shipment from Europe to the US as well as the cost of a physical shipment to the USPTO.
Has anyone actually tried this? If so, please post a comment below.
I invite some firm in Europe that has filed a design priority application somewhere in Europe (perhaps in EUIPO) and that wishes to file a US application, to work with me on this experiment.