One IP Standard To Rule Them All

Author:Mr Francois Pochart, Mathilde Rauline and Lionel Martin
Profession:August & Debouzy

One standard to rule them all? The new French standard NF X50-276-2 is the first proposal of format for electronic communications of PI data between the different actors including the offices.

The standard NF X50-276-2, and its explanatory note NF X50-276-1 were published at the beginning of February 2018. They aim at promoting exchanges between IP stakeholders: applicants, national offices, representatives, PI departments in companies, but also other players in the field (e.g. IP renewals provider). Accordingly, it proposes recommendations that allow the exchange of data thanks to coded flows having common structures.

All the useful data for all IP rights (patents, trademarks, designs, software ...) as well as contracts are coded. Tags are provided for a very large majority of cases or facts: among them the social form of the applicant or its nationality, further the internal references to the case, the applicable law, the fact that it is a divisional application for patents or the language of the technical field for brands, the procedural deadlines, and many more.

The standard also takes into account the financial and accounting follow-ups of...

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