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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Dossier Access System

On November 8, 2006, the results of the internal questionnaire to Japan Patent Office's patent examiners about dossier access system was circulated within the Office. The dossier access system which shows examination information in US Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office is now available on the Internet.

65% and 28% of JPO's examiners responded that they refer to the EPO's examination results of corresponding applications "in every case" and "most of the time," respectively. 24% said that refer to USPTO's results each of "in every case" and "most of the time."

Most of them take into account search reports (EPO) and referenced documents (USPTO). 60% and 35% responded that they read communications (EPO) and office actions (USPTO), respectively.

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