Starting 30 May 2016, IPONZ users may deposit and retrieve priority documents relating to patent applications via WIPO's Digital Access Service (DAS), an electronic system for the secure exchange of documents between participating intellectual property (IP) offices.
Depositing priority documents via WIPO DAS
If you are filing (or amending) a Standard Provisional or Standard Complete application (not including divisional or convention applications), you may choose to deposit your specification with WIPO DAS. To do this, check the box "Submit Specification to WIPO" on the application or amendment form:
This will generate a WIPO DAS access code, which can later be used with participating WIPO DAS patent offices to inspect and download your document. This removes the need to file additional certified copies of your basic application documents directly to those offices.
If you deposit a document with WIPO DAS as an amendment of your application rather than at the time of filing, the specification that will be submitted to WIPO DAS will be the earliest specification that was filed on the same date as the filing date of the application – that is, the original specification rather than an amended specification.
Retrieving priority documents via WIPO DAS
If IPONZ requests evidence in support of your convention priority claim during examination, and the document is available via WIPO DAS, you may retrieve these priority document(s) by entering the associated WIPO DAS access code on the Add or Edit Priority screen.
Documents requested via WIPO DAS access code may take some time to be retrieved and will not be visible immediately. If you are retrieving a document via WIPO DAS, you cannot also upload a copy of the priority document directly to the case.
You may retrieve your convention priority document(s) via WIPO DAS either at the time of filing your application, or later via the patent amendment facility upon your examiner's request.