CIPO to become a Digital Access Service depositing office for patent applications

News release

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is pleased to announce that it will become a depositing office for patent applications for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Digital Access Service (DAS), effective February 1, 2022.

Applicants can request that their documents be uploaded to DAS at the time of filing. If applicants need to make a DAS request after filing, they can use CIPO's new document request form.

About DAS

DAS is a digital library service administered by WIPO that facilitates the secure exchange of priority documents between intellectual property offices (IPOs).

This initiative will simplify the patent application process for clients who have a priority claim in Canada. By making a copy of their application easily available on DAS, applicants will save time and effort on their international filings at participating offices.

Previously, applicants had to request certified paper copies of documents from the initial IPO and then file those documents with other IPOs. DAS simplifies this process by providing an electronic system where applicants can request that the initial IPO make priority documents available on DAS. The applicant can then request that other IPOs retrieve those documents via the service for subsequently filed applications.

CIPO has been an accessing office for patent applications since October 30, 2019.

More information about the WIPO DAS is available on WIPO's website.

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