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Annual reports 2004 - Section 4

 



Maintenance and Development of Patent Document Collections and Specialized Information Services of Rospatent

4.1 The State Patent Collection

The State Patent Collection (hereinafter referred to as the “SPC”) is a totality of information resources (systematized and provided with a complex of indices and reference aids) which relate to industrial property rights including registered computer programs, databases and topographies of integrated circuits, and comprise patent documents, patent associated literature, patent law related publications, normative and methodological literature and other reference publications.

In the year under review the SPC was updated with national patent documents as well as foreign patent documents through international exchange with Patent offices of 58 countries, six international organizations and company “Derwent Information Ltd”. Bilateral exchange with Offices of Algeria and Cyprus was discontinued.

On the basis of the SPC patent information services were provided to all categories of users, including Rospatent's specialists, state patent examiners of the Federal Institute of Industrial Property, specialists of Rospatent's subordinate organizations and also other interested users of the Russian Federation, CIS countries and other countries.

The main constituent parts of the SPC are now the Central Patent Collection(CPC) and the State Patent Examination Collection (SPEC) These collections are organized as independent collections of patent documents with different tasks and some peculiarities inherent to the their acquisition and structure.


In the reading-room of the Library

The most important tasks which were tackled in 2004 were as follows

  • streamlining of the SPC structure and its content. The works which were carried out with the aim to reorganize the SPC structure un-der the impact of an active transition to advanced in-formation technologies made it possible to unite a part of backlog files of Germany and Great Britain into a single collection while removing an unjustified duplication of data files. As a result, the united collection was transferred to a depository storage with maintaining access to this collection for all categories of users. The above works along with the removal of doubling fragments of the national patent collection on paper resulted in the reduction of the redundancy of the Central Patent Collection (CPC) on paper;
  • preparatory processing of the collection of utility models of the Russian Federation covering the 1993 - 2003 period for scanning and subsequent posting on the website of Rospatent;
  • verifying the completeness of the collection of invention descriptions for old Russian protection documents, i.e. so called privileges covering the years 1854 to 1896;
  • preparation of collections containing industrial designs of a number of developed countries supplemented with the translation of titles into Russian language;
  • analysis of procedures relating to compiling, arranging and maintenance of the scientific, technical and reference-related literature, its use by examiners, expansion of interlibrary loan services.

For creating comfortable working conditions for state examiners a continuous printout of patent documents from the optical disks onto paper was undertaken and the printed-out documents were included in the examiners files of a number of countries (USA, Great Britain, Germany, France, Austria, Australia, Switzerland, EPO).

4.2 Acquisition of the Central Patent Collection

The CPC comprises a collection of national patent documents (since 1814), collection of foreign patent documents of the countries with whom the Russian Federation had bilateral exchange relations ( documents of some of these countries go as far as the 19-th century), collection of patent associated, patent law related, normative as well as reference-related literature, collection of industrial designs, collection of patent periodicals and abstracts, as well as a set of Indices and other reference and search aids to these collections.

As of January 1, 2005, owing to the reorganization of the CPC structure the latter was reduced to about 80 million copies of patent documents stored on different types of media.

In the reporting year there was a further increase in the number of incoming documents on CD-ROMs (some 7,5 million copies of patent documents were received). At the same time new receipts of documents on paper were ceased what had a favorable impact on the redundancy of the collection.

As of the start of 2005, the CD-ROM collection in the CPC (with a due account to the dispatch of a part of patent documents on optical media to the regional centers) comprised over 33,4 million copies of full specifications to applications, patents, utility models as well as the official issues and abstracts publications of Patent Offices covering all industrial property rights.

The acquisition of databases on CD-ROM and addition of thereof to the CPC is shown in table 4.2.1


Table 4.2.1

New Data Bases on CD­ROM Received in the CPC During 2004

Country

Name of DB

Period

Content

Qu­ty

Austria

Ostereiches Patentblat

From 2003

Abstracts

1

Ostereiches Gebrauchmusterblatt

From 2003

Abstracts

1

Belarus

1. Patent specifications and utility models

From 2003

full text

3

2. Indices to Patent specifications, Utility models and Industrial designs

From 1994

bibliographic data

1

From 2004

full text

 

Greece

EDBI Industrial Property Bulletin

From 2004

Abstracts

17

Spain

Европатенты CD­BOPI

From 2004

Abstracts

11

Canada

Trade Marks Journal

From 2004

Abstracts

1

Cuba

Boletin Oficial

From 2002

Abstracts

10

Norway

1. Norway Patenttidende

From 2002

Abstracts

1

2. Norway Waremerketidende ТЗ

From 2002

Abstracts

2

3. Norway Waremerketidende ПО

From 2002

Abstracts

1

Russia

1. Bulletin “Trademarks of Russia

From 2004

Abstracts

23

2. Abstracts of Patents and Utility models

From 1994

Abstracts

24

3. Perspective inventions

From 1994

full text

1

4. Patents of Russia (backfile)

From 1924

full text

86

Uzbekistan

Rastij Akhborotnoma

From 2004

Abstracts

3

Switzerland

Schweizerisches Patent, Muster, Markenblatt

From 2003

Abstracts

13

Sweden

Svensk Varumarkestidning

From 2001

Abstracts

1


The quantitative characteristics of the CPC being updated by incoming patent documents for the last three years are given in Table 4.2.2


Table 4.2.2

Acquisitions to the CPC During 2002–2004

Patent Documents Included in the Collection (Thousands of Copies)

2002

2003

2004

Total, Including:

5904,3

7580,0

5026,0

national

139,2

300,0

274,6

foreign

5765,1

7280,0

4751,4


The structure of the international exchange of patent documents with foreign Patent Offices is illustrated by data shown in Table 4.2.3.


Table 4.2.3

Bilateral Exchange of Patent Documents During 2002–2004

Foreign Patent Documents Received for the SPC (Thousand of Copies)

2002

2003

2004

Total, Including:

7518,1

7316,1

6062,9

On Paper

767,2

629,8

504,4

On Microforms

1,6

On CD­ROMs

6749,3

6686,3

5558,5

National Patent Documents Sent Abroad (Thousand of Copies)

Total, Including:

1153,6

1575,9

1713,8

On Paper

34,3

34,6

On Microforms

17,7

1,4

On CD­ROMs

1101,6

1539,9

1713,8

Access to the Patent Collection

In the reporting year, a total of 22,000 requests for patent information services were received and fulfilled for the Library's readers and remote regional and foreign subscribers.

Among the major users were the largest industrial organizations, scientific centers, educational institutions of the Russian Federation including individuals. Within recent years there has been a trend towards the increase in the number of users of patent information services rendered by the Department VPTB FIPS (in the year 2003 — about 700 organizations and individuals and in 2004 — 951 respectively).

A certain increase in the scope of information services rendered to remote users by means of modern technologies was also observed. Thus, in 2004 some 300 documents were communicated by electronic delivery means, in comparison with 190 documents dispatched in the year 2003.

Table 4.2.4 below, shows the main indicators of library information services provided by the Department of FIPS “All-Russia Patent Technical Library” (hereinafter referred to as the “Department VPTB FIPS”) for the last three years.


Table 4.2.4

Information Services Provided by the Department VPTB FIPS

Amount (Thousand of Units)

2002

2003

2004

New Subscribers

3,6

3,0

2,4

Visits

95,4

91,8

115,1

Documents Handed Out, Total

53795,5

52868,3

39196,0

On Paper

11695,1

10171,9

13043,5

On CD­ROMs

42059,2

42674,9

26130,5

On Microforms

41,2

21,5

22,0

Reference Information and Advice

158,8

165,1

168,0

Copies of Specifications Made for Visitors

748,3

716,9

643,3


As may be seen from the foregoing Table, the year under review was characterized by some increase of the amount of patent documents handed out on optical disks, which is attributable to a sharp drop of new arrivals on paper and because of the extensive exchange of patent documents on optical media.

Table 4.2.5 shows the amount of disks handed out and number of visits to the CD-ROM room.


Table 4.2.5

Information on the Delivery of Disks and Visits to CD­ROM Room(2002­2004)

Items

2002

2003

2004

CD­ROM Disks Handed out

56079

56900

63159

Number of Visits

10708

9136

8953


It should be noted that the patent law related and reference literature as well as dictionaries and various manuals enjoyed a stable popularity with the visitors of the library. Thus, in comparison with 61 300 copies of such documents handed out in 2002 and with 65 000 copies handed out in 2003, the corresponding amount increased to 88 400 copies in 2004.


In the CD-ROM room of the Library

4.3 The State Patent Examination Collection

The State Patent Examination Collection (SPEC) on paper is an important integral part of the State Patent Collection (SPC).

Every year, the current part of the SPEC is supplemented with both national and foreign patent documents. In 2004, the SPEC received a total of 497, 900 specifications, including 446, 600 foreign and 51,400 national documents.

As of January 1, 2005, the SPEC on paper comprised 18.4 million patent documents of the ex-USSR, Russia, USA, Great Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, Austria, Canada, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the European Patent Organization and the Eurasian Patent Organization, as well as patent documents from the CIS countries.

In 2004, in addition to the existing databases, the SPEC collection on CD-ROMs continued to be replenished with new disks, as well as with new and modified databases produced both in Russia and abroad.

The collection was extended with fragments of abstract and full text foreign patent databases of the PCT minimum countries, CIS countries and domestic databases.

In 2004 the issue of backdating databases containing the national inventions for the period of 1924 to 1993 on DVD was completed. Like all other information products of Rospatent published on optical disks the said data bases were generated under the MIMOSA Software offering a convenient user interface and enabling to carry out various possible searches. The issued collection consisted of 86 disks. The bibliographic data were presented in character-coded format while the documents being in facsimile form. For enhancing searching capabilities the facsimile texts were processed with the help of OCR software FineReader and the words which were correctly recognized were included in a Search index of the system. This expanded considerably searching capabilities of the system by offering a possibility to search by means of words extracted from the facsimile texts. The transfer of the national collection onto DVD disks would allow to solve the problem of the restoration of patent regional collections and other files throughout Russia.

The backlog collection of national inventions for the period 0f 1924 to 1993 was offered to 25 Patent Offices in the framework of international exchange as well as to the EPO and EAPO. The said databases were also acquired by 16 large enterprises and one ministry, 10 libraries and 3 Information centers which were interested in maintaining their collections of patent documents.

The said retrospective collection was posted on the website of Rospatent in Internet.

The SPEC was supplemented with patent documents of Belarus on optical disks (full-text) and of Uzbekistan (official Bulletin).

The SPEC continued to receive the database “IP.com” which contained bibliographical data and abstracts of the USA defensive publications for 2004. Search in these publications may be useful for patent examiners.

At present, the use of the SPEC on optical media is a most convenient tool for the state examiners to carry out searches in subject-related (especially medicinal) databases and also in patent databases of the CIS countries.

In 2004 the SPEC was updated with full-text specifications of Japanese applications on DVD being published prior to and after the examination (JPO A&U, B&Y).

In the reporting year, the SPEC was also supplemented with updates to patent-law and legislative databases containing the Russian legislation, legislation of Moscow and that of the Moscow Region and legislation of St-Petersburg, the said databases being issued in the series of “Encyclopedia of the Russian Law”.

In addition, the collection on optical media was replenished with domestic databases of trademarks and industrial designs, including the International Classification of Goods and Services and NIVILO: CLASS (WIPO).

In 2004, the EPO Classification Databases “ECLA Classification” was added to the collection on optical media.

New entries in the SPEC collection on CD-ROMs are characterized in Table 4.3.


Table 4.3

CD­ROM Databases Received in 2004

Country

Data Base Title

Period

Information Content

Qua­ty

Russia

IPC (1­7 editions) and Subject Index the IPC

1970–2000

Full text

3

Russia

7–th and 8­th Editions of the International Classification of Industrial Designs

1999, 2004

Full text

4

Russia

Patents in Force

1985–2003

Bibliographic data

2

Russia

Abstracts of Applications

1994–2003

Bibliographic data

2

Russia

Abstracts of Patents and Utility Models

1994–2003

Bibliographic data

2

Russia

Patents of Russia (backlog)

1924–1993

Full text

60

Russia

Patents of Russia on DVD

2003

Full text

1

Russia

Perspective Inventions

1994–09.2004

Full text

1

CIS

Belarus

1994–2004

Full text

4

CIS

Uzbekistan (Official Bulletin)

2004

Bibliographic data

3

WIPO

NIVILO:CLASS

2003

Full text

1

Japan

JPO A&U, B&Y DVD

2004

Full text

110


In addition to searching on optical media, the CD-ROM room provided the examiners with the possibility to perform searches on the Internet, enabling access to the FIPS database “The Russian Patents”, the database “Delphion”, the EAPO database “EAPO Applications and Patents”, as well as to databases of foreign Patent Offices and non-patent literature databases placed in Internet.

Thus, the examiners were able to perform searches on the Internet by applying particular addresses of subject-related sites, both domestic and foreign (free access).

4.4 Official and Informational Publications

The following Official Bulletins were published in the year under review:

  • “Inventions. Utility Models” — 36 issues; 5462,4 publishing sheets;
  • “Industrial De--signs” — 12 issues; 515,1 publishing sheets;
  • “Trademarks. Service Marks. Appellations of Origin” — 24 issues; 2006,5 publishing sheets;
  • “Computer Programs. Databases. Topographies of Integrated Circuits”— 4 issues; 103,7 publishing sheets;
  • Annex to Official Bulletins “The Rospatent Gerald” — 4 issues; 14 publishing sheets.


The following information was published in the Official Bulletins: 54,665 announcements on inventions, including: 23,111 patent claims, 31,554 application claims, 1701 claims to patents not published before; 7,933 utility model claims; 2,145 announcements on industrial design patents; 19,787 announcements on trademark registrations; 16 announcements on the registration of appellations of origin; 2,731 computer program annotations; 281 database annotations; 36 annotations to topographies of integrated circuits.

For all protection titles the ownership certificates were prepared and sent out to the right holders.



Besides the Official Bulletins, the following Annual Indexes for the year 2004 were published in the amount of:

  • 5 volumes to the Bulletins “Inventions. Utility Models” — 259,9 publishing sheets;
  • 7 volumes to the Bulletins “Trademarks. Service Marks. Appellations of Origin” — 161,2 publishing sheets;
  • 1 volume to the Bulletins “Industrial Designs” — 2,3 publishing sheets.

Full specifications were issued with respect to all granted patents for inventions including the title pages of utility models. In the year 2004, a total of 23,111 patent specifications and 7,933 title pages of utility model specifications were published.

In addition to official publications on paper, the latter were produced on CD-ROM and DVD discs containing information published in Rospatent's Bulletins on inventions, utility models, industrial designs, trade marks, service marks and appellations of origin:

  • 12 disks containing full-text specifications of national inventions;
  • 4 disks containing Russian- and English-Language abstracts of inventions descriptions, applications claims for inventions and utility models claims;
  • 24 disks containing data on trademarks, service marks and appellations of origin;
  • 12 disks containing data on industrial designs.

In the reporting year works were carried out to transfer the publication of the Official Bulletins “Inventions. Utility models” and “Trademarks. Service marks and Appellations of Origin” to electronic format. The first issues of the above said Bulletins on electronic medium are published from the 1-st of January 2005.



There are plans to transfer publishing of the Bulletin “Industrial designs” into an electronic format starting from 2006.

4.5 Specialized Publications

In the year under review, the Information and Publishing Center (INIC) continued to publish the Russian-Language Journal “Inventions Worldwide”, which contains information on inventions published in Official Bulletins of the WIPO, EPO, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, USA, France, Switzerland and Japan.

The total of 1,644 subject-related issues of this Journal were prepared and distributed in paper form in 2004. A total amount of the publication materials accounted for 24356,2 publishing sheets (or 542 thousand announcements).

The publication “Inventions Worldwide” was also produced in machine-readable form (optical disks and diskettes). There were produced 10 complete sets on CD-R and 603 subject-related issues on diskettes and CD-R.

In 2004, information on foreign industrial designs was published in the INIC periodical “ Industrial Designs of Foreign Countries” (subject-related issues were distributed on the basis of 32 headings of the International Classification for Industrial Designs). This publication contained data on industrial designs registered in 2003 in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Germany, Norway, Serbia, Montenegro, Spain, Columbia, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, USA, Finland, Czech Republic, Switzerland. A total body of the publication materials accounted for 3046,8 publishing sheets. The bibliographic data relating to industrial designs of Japan for 2003 were subjected to analytical processing.

Information on the world practice in the field of industrial property protection was published by INIC in the digest “Patent Business”. This publication contains expanded abstracts of articles published in foreign and Russian periodicals and books. The collection was published both on paper and in machine-readable form. The publications are related to the matters of patent business in Russia and abroad, to the activities of patent offices, to the development of legislation of different countries in the sphere of industrial property rights protection as well as patent examination, patent information activity, judicial practice, economical aspects of inventions, patent statistics, etc. The total volume of the edition accounted for 48,5 publishing sheets, 12 issues with an average circulation of 210 copies.

In 2004, INIC also produced 16 analytical and subject-related reviews based on different materials published in the digest “Patent Business” with the overall number of 1,063 printed copies of these reviews whereas the total volume accounted for 52,2 publishing sheets.

To support a search through the patent collections of the USA, Great Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, the EPO and WIPO covering the period of 2002 a number of Annual Indices (Classified, Numeric and Name), sometimes called Search and References Aids, were published whereas references to the Russian-Language abstracts of corresponding patent documents appearing in the issues of the periodical “Inventions worldwide” were included therein.

In 2004 23 kinds of Indices were issued, the total of data included therein amounted to 2989 publishing sheets.

In an effort to facilitate an accelerated commercialization of the most important inventions registered in the Russian Federation, INIC kept on publishing the edition “Perspective Inventions”, that contained information on inventions of the current registration, which meets the criteria of high technological level, original technical solution and sufficient degree of the preparedness to be introduced into production. The main bibliographic data and an abstract were presented for each invention, for convenience of use systematic and numerical indexes were given at the end of the edition,. The total number of circulation amounted to 130.

In the year under review INIC kept on publishing the edition “Annual Patent Review” which contained statistical data with brief commentaries on patents of the Russian Federation relating to inventions registered in 1994-2003 and also utility model certificates issued in 1994-2003.

This edition contained the distribution of patents and certificates broken down according to the country of the patent holder, the year of filing, the subject matter (classes of the International Patent Classification), regions of the Russian Federation and most famous applicants and patent holders, accompanied by a statistical analysis. For the purposes of comparative analysis in respect of the distribution of patents according to the sections of IPC the Review contains statistical data for a number of the industrially developed countries and international organizations for the period of 1993 to 2003 years. In 2004 this edition was considerably extended. Such sections as: “Rating of inventors”, “Dynamics of patent activities broken down according subject-matter”, other sections were updated.

The “Annual Patent Review” was also published on CD-R. The total volume of the edition accounted for 30,2 publishing sheets.

In 2004 the INIC continued to publish journal “Patent Information Today”. This edition was devoted to highlighting the patent information activities in Russia and abroad, as well as the issues of interaction between the information and the law, the information and business methods and so on.

Much attention in the columns of the INIC journal “Patent Information Today” was devoted to analytical reviews and information digests concerning modern information technologies, activities of Patent Offices and major Information centers, status and trends of development of the information support of the intellectual property protection systems throughout the world, etc. In 2004 four issues of the journal were published with the overall number of circulation amounting to 300 printed copies.

In order to provide a methodological support in the area of the Protection of the Intellectual Property Rights a number of publications devoted to the Normative Acts, Instructions, Guidelines and other explanatory material were issued.

The total volume of such publications amounted to 488,8 publishing sheets; the number of publications: books and brochures were 61; the average circulation of these publications was equal to 220 copies.

In 2004 the INIC continued to provide its users with various patent information services , including those on the basis of the database “Inventions worldwide”. The total volume of this database amounted to 4 Million documents backdating from 2003 to 1996.

At the requests of enterprises and organizations separate subject-related databases were either generated or access thereto was provided on the basis of the common database “Inventions worldwide” whereas a special information searching system was offered in order to organize the working place of a patent expert.

Other patent information services (copying and translation of patent specifications, searches by subject and name, identification of address data relating to the inventor, etc.) were provided on paper and electronic media. The number of such requests equaled to 101.

In order to enhance the patent information activities in the regions of the country and facilitate the commercialization of inventions the works on advertising and marketing of the produced publications and services were intensified during the year 2004. Subscription to and advertising of publications and services were carried out on the basis of Catalogue of Publications and Services and through organizations such as: Rospechat, Central Collector of Scientific Libraries, MK-Periodika, Informnauka, Belpochta and so on.

As a whole, the number of subscribers to publications and services of the INIC increased in comparison to the year 2003 by 28 % and amounted to 1 103 organizations and enterprises of the Russian Federation (see Annex 3.)

4.6 Supply of Information Products and Services to the Users

In 2004 in addition to the current publication of Official Issues of Rospatent on paper there was a regular publication of “Patents of Russia” on optical disks (CD-ROM) containing two separate sets of information: full-text specifications for patents of Russia and an abridged information presented as abstracts for corresponding patent documents.

To support an efficient searching of this information in the backlog collection, the above said data were accumulated on DVD's: annual sets of invention specifications were mounted on one disk for each year respectively and the total abstract information covering the period of 1994 to 2004 was accumulated on three DVD's.

In addition to this information a set of traditional retrieval aids (TRA) on DVD was issued which included a Cumulative Index intended to serve as an Index to invention specifications published on retrospective CD-ROM's and DVD's and offered for open access on Internet as well.

In 2004 searching through backlog sets of abstracts and the Cumulative Index was facilitated due to the inclusion of references in the said data bases which contained the addresses of full-text specifications posted on the website of Rospatent in Internet. As a result, the searching capabilities for the user based on an inexpensive abstract information on DVD were extended by providing a free-of-charge access to full-text specifications placed on the website of Rospatent.

In 2004 the searching capabilities in respect of the information on trademarks offered on optical disks and via Internet were also enhanced by including an additional information extracted from the Bulletin Section “Announcements” and data relating to the well-known trademarks. Besides, current announcements were accompanied by references to the site of Rospatent, which facilitated to obtain, via Internet on a free-of-charge basis, the complete published information in respect of the given trademark. The time limits for producing and providing these disks were shortened since the periodicity of publication was increased from 12 to 24 disks per year. In order to facilitate the retrospective search this set was supplied with a DVD, which provides cumulating of information for the whole year. All these improvements were accompanied by a reduction of prices for the annual set of CD-ROM's containing data on trademarks.



A considerable reduction of prices was effected in respect of all major information products offered on optical disks what enabled for many users to give up publications on traditional carriers and replace them by their more efficient counterparts on electronic media. This process made also a certain impact on the distribution of Official publications on various carriers: the number of Official Bulletins on paper was reduced to a certain extent (see table 4.5.1) whereas the circulation of official publications on optical disks increased. (see tables 4.5.2 and 4.5.3). A more detailed analysis of the use of the Official publications distributed on various media showed that the preference for publications on paper was displayed as before by research organizations (see table 4.5.4) whereas the main users of the information products on CD-ROM and DVD were regional Centers of Scientific and Technical Information and Libraries. (see table 4.6.5)


Table 4.6.1

Number of Annual Sets of Official Bulletins Disseminated in 2000­2004

Title of the Official Bulletin

Number of Annual Sets

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

«Inventions. Utility Models». Until 2000: «Inventions (Applications and Patents)”

820

856

860

850

770

«Industrial Designs». Until 2000: «Industrial Designs. Utility Models»

343

382

380

380

360

«Trademarks. Service Marks. Appellations of Origin»

280

324

320

300

140


Table 4.6.2

Number of Complete Annual Sets of Specifications to RU Patents in 2000­2004 Disseminated on CD­ROM and Paper

Title of the Set

Number of Annual Sets

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Patent Specifications on CD­ROM

189

234

278

304

392

Patent Specifications on Paper

16

16

10

10

10

Total

205

250

288

314

402


Table 4.6.3

Number of Subscribers to Publications Issued on Optical Disks During 2000–2004

Publications on Optical Disks

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Invention Specifications

66

86

91

106

114

Abstracts to Invention Specifications

23

41

43

72

75

Industrial Designs

11

Trademarks

12

14

23

60

Search & Reference Aids

12

59

International Classifications

21

26

22

31

33


Table 4.6.4

Distribution of Subscribers to Official Publications on Paper According to their Activities Profile

Category of Subscribers

Number of Subscribers (%)

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Research Organizations

26

28

26

20

29

Research & Production Enterprises

44

39

44

44

42

Educational Institutions

13

17

12

12

12

Regional Centers of Scientific and Technological Information and Libraries

6

7

7

11

8

Commercial Organizations and Patent Attorneys

6

Other

11

9

11

13

3

Total:

100

100

100

100

100


Table 4.6.4

Distribution of Subscribers to Official Publications on CD­ROM and DVD According to Their Activities Profile

Category of Subscribers

Number of Subscribers(%)

2002

2003

2004

Research Organizations

5

4

10

Research & Production Enterprises

33

30

24

Educational Institutions

11

8

10

Regional Centers of Scientific and Technological Information and Libraries

37

45

40

Commercial Organizations and Patent Attorneys

10

11

12

Other

4

2

4

Total:

100

100

100


Considerable changes took place in respect of the development of Rospatent's site on Internet. In the first line, it is worthwhile to note a further improvement of the search machine of the site providing access to data bases established on the basis of the official publications. The retrospective depth of these data bases was increased, the information on the legal status of patent documents was added and the user interface was enhanced by taking into account some specific features of the information contained therein which allowed to increase the efficiency of searching through the said data bases. The users were given a free-of-charge access to and searching through the texts of all valid international classifications as well as quite a number of services offering various information references and copies of patent documents via Internet.

In 2004 a new section “Open (-access) Registries” for all protection titles of industrial property was added to the website of Rospatent. The Open Registry provided for all users a free access to a continuously updated information in the databases containing a complete set of identification of patent documents including the legal status.

The datebases were updated with the periodicity of the issue of electronic publications on optical disks: in respect of inventions three times per month, in respect of industrial designs once a month, in respect of trademarks twice each month. For the convenience of the use a change in the legal status was highlighted by various colors. Thus, to designate the current legal status of inventions, utility models and industrial designs the following colors were used: green for “valid or in force”, black for “invalid”, yellow for “close to being invalid”, for example, due to non-payment of the annual fees and red for “out of force, but can be still restored”. In respect of trademarks there were two meanings of the legal status: green for an valid trademark and red for “close to being invalid”, e.g. for the reasons of non-payment of fees for the extension of the term. Invalid trademarks were removed from the Open Registry.

The users of the Open Registries were offered a free access to all documents posted as Internet-resources of Rospatent for each kind of Industrial Property Rights.



At Present the Internet Resources of Rospatent cover the following data bases:

  • full-text database of Russian inventions (contains the information about 276 thousand patents for inventions for the period of 1994 to 2004, being updated each month);
  • backlog database of the Russian patent documents in facsimile format (contains the information about 1433 thousand patents for inventions for the period of 1924 to 1993);
  • abstract database for the Russian Inventions (contains the information about 489 thousand patents for inventions and applications for the period of 1994 to 2004 being updated each month);
  • English-Language abstract database for the Russian inventions (contains the information about 276 thousand patents for inventions for the period of 1994 to 2004 being updated each month);
  • abstract database for the Russian Utility models (contains the information about 42 thousand patents and certificates for utility models for the period of 1996 to 2004 being updated each month);
  • database for the Russian trademarks (contains the information about 201 thousand certificates of Russian trademarks for the period of 1925 to 2004 being updated twice each month);
  • database of international registrations of trademarks with the designation of Russia (contains the information about 123 thousand international registrations of trademarks with the designation of Russia for the period of 1980 to 2004 being updated each month);
  • database “Perspective Inventions” for subscribers to the full-text databases of inventions;
  • database “Appellations of origin” for subscribers to DB on Trademarks;
  • database “Well-known trademarks in Russia”;
  • database of industrial designs (contains the information about 20 thousand patents for industrial designs for the period of 1993 to 2004 being updated each month);
  • database of the IPC (6-th and 7-th editions)
  • database of International Classification of Goods and Services (ICGS);
  • database of International Classification of Industrial Designs ( ICID).

The access for commercial users to full-text DB for inventions, DB for utility models, DB for trademarks and DB for industrial designs was provided on a contractual basis.



In the framework of the Program of Cooperation of Rospatent with regional organizations of the Russian Federation a free-of-charge access to full-text DB of inventions is provided for more than 100 organizations.

The access to the abstract databases containing the Russian- and English–Language information is provided free of charge.

During 2004 more than 1, 880 thousand queries were received from in-house and outside users including:

  • about 460 thousand from the in-house users;
  • more than 1400 thousand from outside users.

The number of search sessions carried out within the system amounted to over 360 thousand including:

  • 90 thousand sessions on a paid basis;
  • 170 thousand sessions on a free-of-charge basis
  • 90 thousand from the in-house users (examiners).

The chart 4.6.6 shows the distribution of queries received in the system during 2000 to 2004 years.


Free of charge Queries
Against payment
Examiners

The informational structure of the website of Rospatent was further developed by covering other main activities of Rospatent. Thus, hundreds of new documents were posted within various sections and headings of the site as soon as they appeared, including newly established sections of the site such as: “Consultative Council” and “Information Council” which were devoted to the processes of the establishment and development of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks. The interested public was regularly informed about various events held by Rospatent (conferences, seminars, exhibitions, etc.) as well as about its activities carried out in different regions of the country.

The general structure of subscriptions to the Official Publications of Rospatent in the CIS countries shows that the majority of subscribers (94%) were organizations and enterprises of the Russian Federation. (Table 4.6.7). The distribution of those subscribers throughout the regions of Russia (See Annex 3) correlated with a similar distribution of the inventive activities.


Table 4.6.7

Number of Subscribers to Official Publications in the C.I.S. Countries in 2000­2004

C.I.S. Countries

Number of Subscribers

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Russia

1236

1289

1282

1166

1061

Ukraine

48

56

51

52

34

Belarus

33

18

23

22

13

States of the Central Asia

18

19

20

19

12

The rest

8

12

12

12

6

Total

1343

1394

1388

1271

1126



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