Plan: Piggyback on EU system

The Patent and Trademark Office plans to work with the European Patent Office, based in Brussels, Belgium, to adopt epoline, an online system for filing and processing patent applications as well as making patent information available to applicants and the public.

Epoline uses a client-server architecture. Client systems run its applications under Microsoft Windows 3.x, 95 or NT, or Unix. The servers run Windows NT or Unix. The system was designed using Hyperscript Tools 4GL from Investment Intelligence Systems Corp. of Overland Park, Kan. Epoline files are stowed in an IBM Informix Version 7.x database.

Epoline provides patent procedure management, fee administration, trademark management, statistics, correspondence and data extraction functions. In the future, the European Patent Office plans to add smart-card capability for secure access. For more information, check www.epoline.org.

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