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Collaboration between WIPO & the Vancouver Group Technical infrastructure for improved international collaboration on search and examination. The Vancouver Group. Established in April 2008 between the IP offices of the UK, Canada and Australia Aim Share information and experiences

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Collaboration between wipo the vancouver group

Collaboration between

WIPO & the Vancouver Group

Technical infrastructure for improved international collaboration on search and examination


The vancouver group

The Vancouver Group

Established in April 2008 between the IP offices of

the UK, Canada and Australia

Aim

  • Share information and experiences

  • Contribute to a more effective multilateral approach to work sharing

    Priority

  • Eliminate unnecessary rework and duplication in prosecuting patent applications in the three offices.

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Vancouver group mutual exploitation

Vancouver Group Mutual Exploitation

Principles

  • Where possible, rely on any patent granted or work done by another Vancouver Group Office.

  • Applied transparently

  • Office driven process

  • Online access to work

    - Enabling platform using WIPO infrastructure

    - Online access to consolidated search & examination documents

    - Quickly determine relevance of specific information

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Quality standards

Quality standards

Vancouver Group Examiner Exchange 2010

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Quality standards1

Quality standards

Vancouver Group Examiner Exchange 2010

  • Good quality standards are key

  • Examiner exchanges:

  • shown there are more similarities than differences

  • confirmed work sharing is feasible and viable

  • reinforced importance of collaborative work sharing

  • Focus on comparing quality

  • Develop common quality criteria

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Second Global Symposium of Intellectual Property Authorities, 16 September 2010


Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Interim IT solution

  • Share documents via a secure online document repository

  • Progressing well - 117 cases considered

  • Built in feedback mechanism

    Centralised Access to Search and Examination

  • CASE = digital library of search and examination reports

  • Accessed via WIPO infrastructure

  • Planned for December 2010

  • Once proven – extend to other Offices on an opt-in basis

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Collaboration between wipo the vancouver group

CASE is a flexible model, designed to facilitate use by Offices with varying levels of IT infrastructure

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Expected benefits

Expected Benefits

Practical model for facilitating work sharing

  • Improves transparency & quality of work

  • Office driven

    Increased efficiencies

  • Centralised access to search & examination reports - multiple jurisdictions

  • Uses common WIPO standards -minimises duplication of work

    Scalable & extendable

  • Opt-in basis

  • National digital libraries (e-dossiers) not obligatory

  • Reduced duplication of data

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Importance of work sharing

Importance of Work Sharing

Vancouver Group Offices = medium-sized

  • Majority of all patent applications are made by non-residents

  • Majority of patent applications are filed through the PCT

  • Extract value from other offices’ work

    CASE will further facilitate reuse of work

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Case supports the pct

Minimises duplication of work

Meets the needs of applicants and Offices

Rapid resolution of the national phase

CASE supports the PCT

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Second Global Symposium of Intellectual Property Authorities, 16 September 2010


Tangible results

Tangible Results

Pilot Resultsare encouraging

  • 66% found new search and citation of prior art

  • 14% of the examination reports were found to be less useful - differences in practices, claims or disagreement with reports

    Benefits

  • Avoid unnecessary duplication of work

  • Easily obtain high quality examination work & granted patents

  • Confidence in each other’s work

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Go forward together

Go forward together…

Vancouver Group Mutual Exploitation initiative complements other approaches to work sharing:

South American Cooperation

ARIPO Cooperation

IP5 – One Portal Dossier

Patent Prosecution Highway

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In closing

In closing …

  • VGME initiative progressing well under interim IT

  • solution

  • Expect increase in cases and efficiency

  • CASE developed – December 2010

  • Once proven - Intention to extend to other Offices

  • on an opt-in basis

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Collaboration between wipo the vancouver group

Merci!

Thank You!

Vancouver Group Mutual Exploitation initiative contacts:

AustraliaCanadaUnited Kingdom

Ms Gillian JenkinsMr David CampbellMr Andrew Bartlett

[email protected]@[email protected]

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