Le U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) a annoncé le 28 avril 2008 qu’il avait signé un memorandum avec l’Office européen des brevets (EPO) et l’Office japonais des brevets (JPO) par lequel, entre autres, ces trois offices s’étaient mis d’accord sur un format commun de demande de brevet visant Ã simplifier et Ã accélérer le traitement des demandes dans les trois juridictions.
Sous le ” Basic Priciples of that Trilateral Work Group“, “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.”
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.
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.
Title of Invention
Summary of Invention
Solution to Problem
Advantageous Effects of Invention
Brief Description of Drawings
Description of Embodiments
Reference Signs List
Reference to Deposited Biological Material
Sequence Listing Free Text
Citation List Patent Literature
Non Patent Literature