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March 15, 2018

Easier and safer access to priority documents – WIPO digital access service

In a public circular dated March 12, 2018, the Office of The Controller General Patents, Designs & Trade Marks has informed that the Indian Patent Office (IPO) has started the WIPO Digital Access Service (DAS) with effect from January 31, 2018.

The WIPO Digital Access Service (DAS) is an electronic system allowing priority documents and similar documents to be securely exchanged between participating intellectual property (IP) offices under the WIPO-India Cooperation Agreement. The system enables applicants and offices to meet the requirements of the Paris Convention for certification in an electronic environment.

Administered by WIPO, the Service is intended for use with documents related to patents, utility models, industrial designs and trademarks. Using a secure access code provided by WIPO DAS, applicants can simply request the Office of first filing to add/deposit the priority document into the WIPO DAS system and request the Office of second filing to obtain access of the document. Thus, while reducing costs to pay for multiple copies of priority documents, the WIPO DAS also ensures secure exchange of documents.

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