The WIPO digital system DAS allows a patent applicant to rely on a copy of the priority document kept in the service. The EUIPO is now participating in the WIPO DAS system. This simplifies digital applications for IP protection.
Applications for IP protection by WIPO can now be submitted digitally via EUIPO in a simplified manner – without the annoying multiple certified copies of the original documents. On the one hand, the EUIPO acts as the Office of First Filing, providing priority documents for the WIPO Digital Access Service. Since September 12, it is now also an office of second filing for the “WIPO Digital Access Service” (DAS).
WIPO System DAS
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has been providing the so-called Digital Access Service (DAS) for some time now. DAS is a digital access service for IP applications to WIPO, which is primarily intended to digitize and thus significantly simplify the handling of priority documents. The Digital Access Service enables a patent applicant claiming the priority of a previous application to rely on a copy of the priority document kept in or accessible via the service – instead of having to submit a certified copy separately to each patent office where a patent application with a priority claim is filed.
In order to join the WIPO DAS system, the EUIPO has adapted its guidelines in an expedited procedure. This simplifies in a pleasant way the filing of European IP applications, also internationally and bindingly securing priority. The requirements according to the Paris Convention for the submission of priority and similar documents to participating offices are fulfilled in compliance with official regulations. Since July 2020, EUIPO has acted as the office of first filing. And since September 12, it is now also an office for the second application under the “WIPO Digital Access Service” (DAS).
Instead of having to make and send several certified copies of a paper application, as was previously the case, an applicant can ask the office from which he/she claims priority – i.e. the “Office of the Second Application” – to download a copy of the document directly from the DAS. For this purpose, the EUIPO provides a DAS code which allows priority claims to be made for subsequent applications at other participating IP offices.
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This offer from WIPO and now also from EUIPO leads further into a good digital setup for IP filing. Last year WIPO already drew attention to the improved digital image search, which also uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) for searches in the WIPO database. We reported on this in our article “WIPO trademark search database converted to AI”, please read the whole report HERE. And use applications for patent, trademark and design protection to really protect your intellectual property.
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