In recent years, the IP5 Heads of Office recognised the need not only to develop IP5 initiatives which led to efficiency gains for patent offices but also to work together to benefit users of the patenting system globally.
As a result of this at the 5th IP5 Heads Meeting in June 2012 the IP5 Heads created the Global Dossier Task Force which comprised not only delegations from the IP5 Offices but also delegations representing industry from the IP5 regions.
In January 2013, the first IP5 Global Dossier Task Force meeting was held at the EPO at which IP5 Industry defined their vision for retrieval of patent information and for patent prosecution at the IP5 level. Since this meeting the IP5 have been working to move forward on providing tools which allow applicants to retrieve information about patents at an IP5 level (for example dossier content of an entire family of applications from a single source) and to develop approaches to allow simplified subsequent filing of applications at other IP5 Offices.
In 2014, the first Global Dossier service for file wrapper viewing was delivered by the EPO with the support of SIPO. In 2015, all IP5 Offices will be providing file wrapper data in a standardised format allowing the viewing of all IP5 file wrapper documents from any one IP5 Office.
In January 2015, the second Global Dossier Task Force meeting was hosted by SIPO. IP5 Industry presented a list of goals which they asked the IP5 Offices to include in their future deliberations of the Global Dossier, while focussing on five main priorities, namely:
At their meeting in May 2015, the IP5 Heads, taking up the challenge of the Global Dossier Task Force, endorsed a vision statement for the five priorities. The IP5 will prepare the groundwork on these topics to allow further decisions to be taken by the IP5 Heads at their next meeting in mid 2016.
The focus of the IP5 Working Group 2 is now the Global Dossier however in parallel significant advances have been made in the area of patent information. In particular in 2013 the IP5 Heads signed the Patent Information Policy which, in time, should lead to a system in which the barriers to obtaining IP5 patent information are significantly lowered. This is a goal to which all IP5 Offices are committed. The IP5 continues to work towards the vision of global patent information being a general good which benefits the public and users of the system alike.