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Jul 23, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 12/20)
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Austria Becoming Depositing and Accessing Office for WIPO DAS

The Austrian Patent Office (APO) notified WIPO in accordance with paragraphs 10 and 12 of the Framework Provisions for the Digital Access Service for Priority Documents (DAS) that it would commence operation as a depositing and accessing office with effect from October 1, 2020.

Technical and operational options adopted by APO are:
- APO as a depositing Office will deposit certified copies of patent, utility model, industrial design and trademark applications as priority documents, including PCT applications filed with the Office on and after October 1, 2020, which the applicant specifically requests be made available to the service
- APO as an accessing Office will recognize priority documents available to it through the service for the purposes of any application for which the time for furnishing the priority document has not expired by October 1, 2020.
- All documents and information will be exchanged in black and white or color and in PDF format through the WIPO DAS Office web portal and based on WIPO PCT-EDI;
- As an Accessing Office, the Office will accept color, greyscale black and white documents in PDF format as deposited by the depositing

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