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(12) Patent Application: (11) CA 2588957
(54) English Title: SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ATTRACTING AND LODGING PCT NATIONAL PHASE APPLICATIONS
(54) French Title: SYSTEME ET PROCEDE PERMETTANT D'ATTIRER ET DE DEPOSER DES DEMANDES DE BREVETS NATIONALES DE TRAITE DE COOPERATION EN MATIERE DE BREVETS
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • G06Q 50/18 (2012.01)
  • G06F 17/30 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors (Country):
  • SIMPSON, JUSTIN RYAN (Australia)
(73) Owners (Country):
  • PCTFILER HOLDINGS PTY LTD (Australia)
(71) Applicants (Country):
  • PCTFILER HOLDINGS PTY LTD (Australia)
(74) Agent: BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS LLP
(45) Issued:
(22) Filed Date: 2001-10-23
(41) Open to Public Inspection: 2002-05-10
Examination requested: 2007-05-17
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country Date
PR 0926 Australia 2000-10-23
PR 7811 Australia 2001-09-21

English Abstract




A computer implemented system and method of attracting and lodging PCT
national phase patent applications. The computer system for lodging a PCT
national
phase application with a patent office has an interface which is adapted to
receive a
national phase filing instruction. The interface is in communication with a
document
generator which is adapted to generate a national phase entry message. The
generator is in communication with a document sender which is adapted to send
the
national phase entry message to the patent office. When the interface receives
a
national phase filing instruction the document generator generates the
national phase
entry message and the document sender sends the message to the patent office
thereby lodging the PCT national phase application.


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.



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CLAIMS

1. A computer system for sending a PCT national phase filing invitation to an
instructing attorney comprising:
(a) a database searcher adapted to search:
(i) a PCT application database which stores information about a
plurality of PCT applications, each application having a
corresponding instructing attorney;
(ii) an attorney database which stores information about a plurality
of instructing attorneys, each attorney having a corresponding
address;
(b) a document generator in communication with said database searcher
and adapted to generate a national phase filing invitation;
(c) a document sender in communication with said document generator
and adapted to send said national filing invitation to said instructing
attorney;
wherein, the database searcher:
(a) searches the PCT application database to identify a selected PCT
application which is due to enter the national phase within a
predetermined number of weeks;
(b) searches the PCT application database to identify the selected PCT
applications' corresponding instructing attorney; and
(c) searches the attorney database to identify the corresponding
instructing attorney's address;
whereupon the document generator generates a national phase filing
invitation which identifies the selected PCT application
and the document sender sends the national phase filing invitation to the
corresponding instructing attorney's address.
2. A computer system according to claim 1 wherein said invitation invites the
instructing attorney to cause the PCT application to enter the national phase
via a computer system for lodging national phase applications.
3. A computer system according to claim 1 wherein said invitation invites the
instructing attorney to cause the PCT application to enter the national phase
via an interface for receiving PCT national phase filing instructions.
4. A computer system according to any one of claims 1 to 3 wherein the
corresponding instructing attorney's address is:
(a) an email address; or
(b) a fax number



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and wherein the document sender sends the national phase filing invitation to
the instructing attorney by one of:
(a) emailing the invitation to the email address; and
(b) faxing the invitation to the fax number.
5. A computer system according to any one of claims 1 to 4 wherein said
document sender comprises one or more of:
(a) an email sending computer program; and
(b) a fax sending computer program.
6. A computer system according to any one of claims 1 to 5 wherein said
document generator is in communication with a document template database
which stores a national phase filing invitation template
and wherein the document generator generates the national phase filing
invitation by:
(a) identifying the invitation template in the template database;
(b) generating a new invitation resembling the invitation template; and
(c) inserting information specific to the selected PCT application into the
new
invitation.
7. A computer system according to any one of claims 1 to 6 wherein said
predetermined number of weeks is between 0 weeks and 12 weeks.
8. A computer system according to claim 7 wherein said predetermined number
of weeks is between 3 weeks and 6 weeks.
9. A database searcher for use in identifying a selected PCT application which
is
due to enter the national phase within a predetermined number of weeks, said
searcher being adapted to search:
(a) a PCT application database which stores information about a plurality of
PCT
applications, each application having a corresponding instructing attorney;
and
(b) an attorney database which stores information about a plurality of
instructing
attorneys, each attorney having a corresponding address
wherein, in use, the database searcher
(a) searches the PCT application database to identify said selected PCT
application which is due to enter the national phase within said predetermined

number of weeks;
(b) searches the PCT application database to identify the selected PCT
applications' corresponding instructing attorney; and
(c) searches the attorney database to identify the corresponding instructing
attorney's address.



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10. A database searcher according to claim 9 wherein once the searcher
identifies the selected PCT application which is due to enter the national
phase within said predetermined number of weeks it instructs a document
generator to generate a national phase filing invitation which:
(i) identifies said selected PCT application; and
(ii) is addressed to said instructing attorney.
11. A document generator for generating national phase filing invitations,
wherein said document generator is in communication with a document
template database which stores a national phase filing invitation template
and wherein the document generator generates the national phase filing
invitation by:
(a) identifying the invitation template in the template database;
(b) generating a new invitation resembling the invitation template; and
(c) inserting information specific to the selected PCT application into the
new
invitation.
12. A document generator according to claim 11 wherein said document
generator is adapted to generate said invitation in response to an instruction

received from a database searcher adapted to search a PCT application
database and an attorney database.
13. A document generator according to claim 11 or claim 12 wherein once said
generator generates a national phase filing invitation it instructs a document

sender to send the invitation to an instructing attorney.
14. A computer program comprising program instructions which, when loaded
into a computer, constitute the computer system of any one of claims 1 to 8.
15. A computer program comprising program instructions which, when loaded
into a computer, constitute the database searcher of claim 10 or claim 11.
16. A computer program comprising program instructions which, when loaded
into a computer, constitute the document generator of any one of claims 11 to
13.
17. A computer program according to any one of claims 14 to 16 embodied on a
record medium.
18. A computer program according to any one of claims 14 to 16 stored in a
computer memory.
19. A computer program according to any one of claims 14 to 16 embodied in a
read-only memory.
20. A computer program according to any one of claims 14 to 16 carried on an
electrical carrier signal.



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21. A method of identifying and attracting a potential PCT national phase
application using a PCT application database and an attorney database;
wherein said PCT application database includes a plurality of PCT application
records, each PCT record including a priority date, a PCT application number
and a PCT attorney name;
wherein said attorney database includes a plurality of attorney records, each
attorney record including an attorney name and an attorney address;
and wherein the method includes the steps of:
(a) searching said PCT application database on a current date and:
(i) identifying a selected PCT record having a priority date which
is less than 31 months prior to the current date;
(ii) identifying said PCT application number which corresponds to
said selected PCT record as a selected PCT application number;
(iii) identifying said PCT attorney name which corresponds to said
selected PCT record as a selected PCT attorney name;
(b) searching said attorney database and:
(i) identifying a selected attorney record having an attorney name
which matches said selected PCT attorney name; and
(ii) identifying said attorney address which corresponds to said
selected attorney record as a selected attorney address;
(c) generating a national phase filing invitation; and
(d) sending said invitation to said selected attorney address.
22. A method according to claim 21 wherein said invitation includes said
selected
PCT application number.
23. A method according to claim 21 or claim 22 wherein said attorney address
includes a selected email address and the step of sending said invitation to
said selected attorney address includes sending an email to said selected
email address.
24. A method according to any one of claims 21 to 23 wherein said invitation
includes one or more of:
(a) said PCT application number of said selected PCT record;
(b) a national phase entry due date corresponding to said selected PCT
record;
(c) response information; or
(d) a link to a national phase lodgment website.



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25. A method according to any one of claims 21 to 24 wherein said priority
date of
said selected PCT record is between 18 and 31 months prior to said current
date.
26. A method according to any one of claims 21 to 25 wherein the step of
generating said national phase filing invitation includes using an invitation
template, said template including an invitation address region, an invitation
subject region, an invitation body and standard text, and the method includes
the steps of:
(a) identifying said invitation template;
(b) generating a new national phase filing invitation resembling said
template;
(c) inserting said selected attorney address in said new invitation's
address region;
(d) inserting said selected PCT application number in one or more of said
new invitation's:
(i) subject region; or
(ii) body
(e) calculating a national phase entry due date from said selected PCT
record's priority date; and
(f) inserting said due date in one or more of said new invitation's:
(i) subject region; or
(ii) body.
27. A method according to claim 26 wherein said new invitation includes one or

more of:
(a) a link to a national phase lodgment website;
(b) user name information; and
(c) password information.
28. A method according to claim 27 wherein said user name is said selected PCT

application number.
29. A method according to claim 27 or claim 28 wherein said password is said
selected attorney email address.
30. A method of generating a notice of entitlement form relating to a
particular
PCT national phase application using
(a) an instruction receiving interface,
(b) a PCT application database, and
(c) a notice of entitlement form template,



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wherein said interface includes an initiator and a phrase having a plurality
of
corresponding selectable response check boxes adjacent thereto, each check
box having a corresponding response text,
wherein said PCT application database includes a particular PCT application
record including a particular PCT application identifier, a particular
applicant
name and a particular applicant address,
wherein said notice of entitlement form template includes standard text,
database retrieved information insertion points and response text insertion
points,
and wherein the method includes the steps of:
displaying said instruction receiving interface;
receiving an attorney supplied selection of one of said selectable response
check boxes;
generating a new notice of entitlement form resembling said notice of
entitlement form template;
inserting said particular PCT application identifier, said particular
applicant
name and said particular applicant address in said database retrieved
information insertion points; and
inserting said response text corresponding to said selected check box in said
response text insertion point to produce a new notice of entitlement form.
31. A method according to claim 30 wherein said attorney supplied selection of

one of said selectable response check boxes is supplied by an instructing
attorney and the method further includes the step of forwarding said new
notice of entitlement form to said instructing attorney.
32. A method according to claim 30 wherein the step of forwarding said new
notice of entitlement form to said instructing attorney includes forwarding
said
form as an attachment to an email addressed to said attorney.
33. A method according to any one of claims 30 to 32 wherein said phrase also
has a corresponding additional information entry field.
34. A method according to any one of claims 30 to 33 wherein said initiator is
a
button marked with one or more of:
(a) "continue"
(b) "go"; or
(c) "generate notice of entitlement letter"
35. A method according to any one of claims 30 to 34 wherein each PCT
applicant record further includes an inventor name, an inventor address and a
priority document application number.



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36. A computer program comprising program instructions for causing a computer
to perform the method of any of claims 21 to 35.
37. A computer program according to claim 36 embodied on a record medium.
38. A computer program according to claim 36 stored in a computer memory.
39. A computer program according to claim 36 embodied in a read-only memory.
40. A computer program according to claim 36 carried on an electrical carrier
signal.


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Title Date
(22) Filed 2001-10-23
(41) Open to Public Inspection 2002-05-10
Examination Requested 2007-05-17
Dead Application 2017-02-01

Payment History

Fee Type Anniversary Year Due Date Amount Paid Paid Date
Request for Examination $800.00 2007-05-17
Registration of Documents $100.00 2007-05-17
Filing $400.00 2007-05-17
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 2 2003-10-23 $100.00 2007-05-17
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 3 2004-10-25 $100.00 2007-05-17
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 4 2005-10-24 $100.00 2007-05-17
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 5 2006-10-23 $200.00 2007-05-17
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 6 2007-10-23 $200.00 2007-07-26
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 7 2008-10-23 $200.00 2008-08-01
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 8 2009-10-23 $200.00 2009-08-27
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 9 2010-10-25 $200.00 2010-08-06
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 10 2011-10-24 $250.00 2011-10-13
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 11 2012-10-23 $250.00 2012-10-16
Reinstatement - failure to respond to examiners report $200.00 2013-03-18
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 12 2013-10-23 $250.00 2013-09-27
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 13 2014-10-23 $250.00 2014-10-16
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 14 2015-10-23 $250.00 2015-10-09

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