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MIPEX II - Message Based Industrial Property Information Exchange

Under MIPEX I the participants (European patent offices, users and a private company) established the need for three IP services-electronic filing of IP applications, electronic access to IP Offices records and electronic renewal of IP rights. Due to the commercial sensitivity of the data it was also felt that delivery should be by a Private Network supporting a Public Key Infrastructure. The development of these services has formed the work of MIPEX II.

Membership of MIPEX II expanded to 7 European IP Offices-Denmark, Germany, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom as the co-ordinating partner. FICPI continued as the User representative and two private companies, Baltimore Technologies, an e-security specialist, and Computer Patent Annuities, an IPR renewing agency, completed the partnership.

E-access to databases has been , or is about to come on-line, in all the participating Offices. Simple interrogation of the registers is free and confidential although users may need to register. Provision of authenticated copies for legal purposes is not yet available electronically. Paper application must be made to the IP Offices and carries a fee.

Complete life cycle E-renewal (that is transmission of data to the IP Office, verification of application and update of records and electronic confirmation to the renewal) has been successfully carried out at the UK Office since November 1999 and the other Offices are at various stages of implementation.

A private network was established as was the PKI to a limited degree. Whilst confidence in the Internet has increased, added security for some transactions is felt to be necessary. However, although the partners proved the feasibility of the network and PKI, it was agreed that these services were best delivered by a commercial provider. The work has had the effect of establishing the requirements for these services for the IP Community.

E-filing has proved to be the most difficult of the tasks. The Project has produced what is believed to be the most comprehensive Statement of Requirements for e-filing yet available which has been used as the basis of a contract for e-filing software. This should be available and in house testing completed by the end of September 2001. There after roll-out to the users will be undertaken from the national Offices.

The hallmark of the Project has been the unique collaboration between users, the national Offices and private companies that are involved in the IP Community. The aim has been to take account of the needs of both sides of any transaction. This has led to the generic nature of the data standards both for renewal and filing that have been produced. MIPEX believes that the standards may be tailored to global requirements across the various IP disciplines thus providing the type of common procedures for transactions with IP Offices that the users sought.

All the results of the Project are publicly available and may be viewed under MIPEX on the United Kingdom Patent Office website at: This site also contains full contact details of all the partners and a 'feedback' e-mail address for comments and queries.

The partners are anxious to maintain contact with each other and continue the collaboration that proved so beneficial during the project. They will continue to work together on some projects of common interest and to exchange information on e-commerece development and welcome the involvement of others interested in this work. The UKPO continues to act as co-ordinator for MIPEX matters.

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