In an attempt to use technology to its full advantage, the USPTO, along with the other members of the IP5 Patent Offices, has established a USPTO-hosted user interface titled “Global Dossier” that will allow public stakeholders “to access the full file history on a patent application family from the participating offices.” The Global Dossier user interface is expected to launch in November 2015. Additional features, e.g., prior art exchange capabilities, are likely to come in the future.
More information about the Global Dossier project and additional features currently in the works can be found here. If you have any comments or suggestions, the USPTO wants to hear them. You can send all comments and feedback to GobalDossier@USPTO.gov. Additionally, if you want to see what other members of the IP community are suggesting, click here and you can “upvote” your favorite suggestions.
I, for one, am excited about this idea. If you’ve ever spent any time trying to navigate the Korean Patent Office’s website, I’m sure you’re excited too. Be sure to check out the above-mentioned links and make sure your voice is heard—now’s your chance!
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