We are pleased to report that the President of the EPO Benoît Battistelli has announced at the FICPI World Congress in Cape Town that the global dossier service which currently provides access to the contents of the Chinese Patent Office files with a European counterpart, was extended on  15 April 2015 to include the contents of Japanese and Korean Patent Office files.

The service provides access to significant documents in these files both in their original language and with a machine translation.  This extension of the service helps to make available patent information to assist both in the prosecution of patent applications, and also in the attacking of patents, for example by opposition at the EPO.

The EPO announcement is available to read here.