Le USPTO publie un Format commun de demande avec l’Europe et le Japon

22 mai 2008

Le U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) a annonc√© le 28 avril 2008¬†qu’il avait sign√© un memorandum avec l’Office europ√©en des brevets (EPO) et l’Office japonais des brevets (JPO) par lequel, entre autres, ces trois offices s’√©taient mis d’accord sur un format commun de demande de brevet¬†visant √† simplifier et √† acc√©l√©rer le traitement des demandes dans les trois juridictions.

Sous le ¬†¬Ľ Basic Priciples of that Trilateral Work Group¬ę¬†, ¬ę¬†An application which complies with the Common Application Format shall be accepted without any further amendment by any of the Trilateral Offices as a national/regional application as far as the agreed-upon formal requirements are concerned. Each of the Trilateral Offices may provide requirements which are more favorable for applicants than the requirements provided for by the Common Application Format.¬†¬Ľ

Implementation Status of the Common Application Format

EPO: The EPO is planning to implement the Common Application Format (CAF) in the beginning of 2009. Paper, PDF and XML format will be accepted.

JPO: The JPO is preparing for the introduction of the Common Application Format in early 2009, except that the sequence listing is a separate part of the description and that the request contains the number of the figure of the drawings which the applicant suggests should accompany the abstract are scheduled to be introduced in 2011.

USPTO: Current USPTO rules and procedure are consistent with the Common Application Format. While some of the requirements of the Common Application Format go beyond what the USPTO requires, the USPTO will accept an application in the Common Application Format.

Example Format

The following is an example of a patent application format which complies with the Common Application Format. For legibility purposes, each heading is indented in this paper.

Description
   Title of Invention
   Technical Field
      0001
   Background Art
      0002
   Summary of Invention
      Technical Problem
      0003
      Solution to Problem
      0004
      0005
      Advantageous Effects of Invention
      0006
   Brief Description of Drawings

   0007

      Fig. 1
      Fig. 2
   Description of Embodiments
      0008
      Examples
      0009
      0010
      Example 1
      0011
      Example 2
      0012 
   Industrial Applicability
      0013
   Reference Signs List
      0014
   Reference to Deposited Biological Material

      0015
   Sequence Listing Free Text
      0016
   Citation List Patent Literature

      0017
      Non Patent Literature
      0018

Claims
      Claim 1
      Claim 2

Abstract

Drawings
      Fig. 1
      Fig. 2

Sequence Listing

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