KIPO expands the countries subjected for the online exchange of
       priority documents



On July 1st, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (Commissioner: Jung-Sik Koh) announced that it is planning to launch DAS (Digital Access Service), which will expand the range of countries subjected for the online exchange of priority documents to prominent patent offices around the world. Previously, the online exchange of priority documents was made with the patent offices of the US, Europe, and Japan only.

Priority documents: In case a patent application is filed to another country given that it has been already filed in one country and the contents of the applications are identical, priority documents are submitted to the patent office of the other country to allow the date of the original application to have a retroactive effect upon the date of the latter application.

DAS is a service provided by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to relay the patent office of each country and promote the online exchange of priority documents. As DAS substitutes the procedure where the applicant had to submit the priority documents to the subject country via the postal service, it greatly increases the convenience of the applicant.

Currently, DAS is available for only two patent offices around the world; the USPTO and JPO. However, the service will soon be expanded to the patent offices of China, Finland, Israel, the UK, Spain, and the EU, promoting the online exchange of priority documents.

Applicants who wish to use DAS can receive an access code to WIPO from the homepage of KIPO, and then register the code on the WIPO DAS homepage. Afterwards, the applicants just need to register the number of the application, which is the foundation of his/her priority claim, with the subject patent office.

An official of KIPO commented, "The DAS service is very meaningful since it expands the range of countries, subjected for the online exchange of priority documents, from the patent offices of the US, the EU, and Japan to other prominent patent offices around the world. We expect DAS to greatly improve the convenience of the applicants, as well as the efficiency of patent administration."

<Obtained from the website of KIPO (http://www.kipo.go.kr/kpo/eng); posted on July 6, 2009>