Last week, the heads of the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) met in France.

Major progress was achieved at this meeting concerning the steps to further harmonise patent systems at a global level. Indeed, it was in particular agreed to launch a new tool “that will make it easier to access results from patent searches carried out by multiple offices for the same invention, the so-called Common Citation Document (CCD).

According to EPO President Benoît Battistelli, "based on a proposal made by the industry, the new tool will provide details about patent applications for the same invention filed at several different offices in parallel. Companies and inventors in particular stand to benefit from the improved access to information".

You can access this new tool at