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Applications in Docx format

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:43 pm
by YvesB
I have seen that an experimental period would be open to file application in Docx format. However, for what I know, this period has not been started.
It is actually allowed to file applications prepared with PatXML, which are an application-body.xml file with attached image files, I presume.
Is the format docx intented to replace the ability to file application-body.xml files?
If not, is it possible to file xml files edited with any kind of tool, as long as the file is conform to application-body DTD and PDF can be generated with XSL stylesheet?
In either case, which document is the reference before the EPO?


Re: Applications in Docx format

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:12 pm
by Martinadu
Dear Yves,

Sorry for the late reply. Yes it is still allowed to file applications with PatXML.
the DocX may replace PatXML if/when it becomes of wide acceptance but NOT
in the short term.

If you file with PatXML, the reference file is the pxml (XML) filing.
If you file with PDF, the reference file is the PDF file
When you file with DocX (eventually), the reference file is the DocX file
in both cases, the files conform to the WIPO Annex F standards.

If you generate any other files, you will need to convert into any of the above
for acceptance. PatXML allows import from doc/docx and xml files.