Estonian Patent Office joins the WIPO Digital Access Service for accessing priority documents
Starting from 1 January 2017 the Estonian Patent Office joins the WIPO Digital Access Service (DAS), an electronic system for accessing priority documents. The DAS system allows applicants
to add the first application document (priority document) to WIPO digital database via Estonian Patent Office as depositing Office;
in case a priority exists, when filing an application, to present only an access code to the accessing Office to retrieve a document from WIPO digital database, not the document itself certifying the priority claim.
WIPO DAS system makes application and examination procedure faster and less costly and ensures secure data exchange.
Service is applicable for national patent applications and utility model registration applications.
Access to priority documents is only available to patent offices participating in WIPO DAS system. The list of participating offices and user requirements can be found here: http://www.wipo.int/das/en/participating_offices.html.
Using the WIPO DAS access service is free of charge for the applicants.
To add a priority document to WIPO DAS database or access it, the applicant has to file a request with the Estonian Patent Office.