From January 15, 2024, the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO) will post information on the WIPO CASE platform, a global resource for examiners from patent offices.
The EAPO has been participating in the WIPO CASE project since 2016, but the EAPO has not sent its own documents to be posted on the portal so far. According to the notification submitted by EAPO President Grigory Ivliev to WIPO Director General Daren Tang at the end of 2023, the EAPO enhances its expertise within the WIPO CASE system and starts sending the results of the EAPO examination to WIPO. In its new capacity, the EAPO will provide WIPO with a retrospective set of patent search reports on Eurasian applications and will start regular reporting on recently conducted searches. In the future, the EAPO intends to expand the number of documents published in WIPO CASE and initiate a more comprehensive technical integration of its internal systems with this platform.
WIPO CASE is a platform that provides patent offices with centralized access to search and examination documentation related to inventions. Examiners from 40 patent offices around the world have access to the information resources on the platform. However, only 18 offices provide information to the system, including all IP5 (Japan Patent Office, European Patent Office, Korean Intellectual Property Office, State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China and the United States Patent and Trademark Office) offices as well as other leading patent offices around the world. Patent examiners have access to the results of examination for the same or similar inventions performed by their colleagues in other offices. This helps patent offices avoid duplication of work, improve the quality of their own work products, and reduce the time required for patent searches and substantive examination.
Further information on the WIPO CASE platform is available in English on the WIPO website at https://www.wipo.int/case/en/.