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Annual reports 2004 - Section 5

 



Research Activities, Staff Training and Enhancing Professional Skills
in the Area of Intellectual Property Rights

In 2004 Scientific researches were conducted in 35 subject matter areas along four major directions: issues of the legal protection and examination of industrial property rights including those arising from the adoption of amended legislation (11 research topics); information technology and computerization (17 research topics); economic problems of inventive activities in particular related with the elaboration of proposals on improving the effectiveness of the state and regional policy in the sphere of patent and license activities in the regions (5 research topics); forecasting and patent information studies, and applied searching systems as well (2 research topics).

Particular attention was paid to legal issues , namely, the elaboration of proposals on improving legal statutory acts, which regulate relations in the field of intellectual property.

In the Field of Information Technology and Computerization a structured integrated corporative network of the Federal Service of Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks was developed; the most valuable information resources for examination were analyzed; proposals on the procedure for accelerated electronic publication of trademark information were prepared.

In the Field of Forecasting and Patent Information Studies an analysis was carried out on the directions and dynamics of invention patenting in the Russian Federation undertaken by some largest foreign companies; an analytical survey was prepared on the status and tendencies of innovation activities progress; recommendations were elaborated on compiling and examining applications for inventions in the field of chemistry related to catalytic compositions.

The research results obtained were used in development of statutory and legal acts and recommendations on optimal use of information resources, considering thereat the change over to electronic carriers, as well as for preparation of proposals on increasing the effectiveness of patent and license activities and determination of priorities of the scientific and technological development.

5.1 Scientific and Technical Council

In 2004 a total of 72 topical issues and reports were discussed by the Scientific and Technical Council (STC) at its sections resulting in the adoption of relevant recommendations, including those on improving the work of the Scientific and Technical Council itself and its sections and enhancing the effectiveness of research work as well as implementation of the results thereof.


Scientific and Technical Council Sitting

Particular attention was paid to such legal issues as:

  • Critical is--ues of collective marks protection;
  • Legal consequences of the accession of the Russian Federation to the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO performances and Pho-no-grams Treaty (WPPT);
  • Main results of the analysis with regard to the tendencies of foodstuff and beverages legal protection in the Russian Federation and industrial countries;
  • Main tasks of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore at the next stage of its activity;
  • State and perspectives of search computerization for the purposes of examination process;
  • Main results and perspectives of trademark examination computerization;
  • Directions in development of the procedure of filing applications for intellectual property rights in electronic form.

5.2 Training of Specialists in the Field of Legal Protection and Commercialization of Intellectual Property Rights

Under the supervision of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks the State Educational Institute of Intellectual Property (RGIIS) functions as a unique Russian institution of the kind providing for the professional education in the field of legal protection and commercialization of intellectual property rights. (See Annex 1)

RGIIS is engaged in preparing lawyers for governmental institutions and commercial bodies dealing with the legal protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, managers in the field of exploitation and management of intellectual property rights, candidates for attestation to patent attorneys, specialists in the field of intellectual property rights evaluation as well as in the field of intellectual property security systems.

The Institute carries out research work in the field of intellectual property rights, and provides for the post-graduate training of scientific and pedagogical specialists to obtain higher qualification, i.e. candidates and doctors of sciences. There are three Qualification Councils for the examination of dissertations or thesis in Jurisprudence, Economics and Sociology of Management.



Nowadays more than 500 students study at the Institute using various forms of educational process (internal, internal plus by correspondence (the so called evening form), by correspondence, additional higher education); over 200 post-graduates attend special courses; every year more than 200 specialists receive an additional training for enhancing their professional skills or re-train in the field of intellectual property.

There are three faculties in the Institute: “Faculty of Law”, “Faculty of Economics and Management” and “Faculty of Supplementary Education”.

There are three post-graduate courses in RGIIS for the following disciplines: “Civil Law; Business Law; Family Law; International Private Law”; “Economics and Administration of National Economy”; “Sociology of Management”. In 2004 a total number of 41 dissertations for the degree of candidate of sciences were defended including 27 of them in Law, 8 – in Economics and 2 in Sociology.

5.3 Distance Learning in the Russian Federation and Other Countries Based on the “General Course on Intellectual Property” under the Program of the WIPO Worldwide Academy

In 2004 two sessions of the distance-learning course were held. During the sessions eight specialists of Rospatent performed tutorial support for the students. A total number of 1951 individuals were registered for the distance learning course. 1011 registrants successfully completed the course and received WIPO Certificates (see Table 5.3).



Data on the participation of regions in the distance learning are given in Annex 4. In comparison with 2003 when the course became available to the Russian-speaking public the number of registrants increased by 345 persons (in 2003 1606 individuals were registered), thus indicating the growth of interest to intellectual property issues.


Table 5.3

The results of Distance Learning under the “General Course on Intellectual Property” in 2004

Regions

Successfully Completed

Spring Session

Autumn Session

Overall in 2004

Moscow and St.­ Petersburg

190

130

320

Other Russian Regions

274

225

499

CIS Countries

68

117

185

Far Abroad Countries

4

3

7

Total

536

475

1011

5.4 Other Forms of Education

227 specialists in the area of patenting business and employers were trained on the following topics: “Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights with Account to Amendments in the Legislation of the Russian Federation”, “Licensing and Contractual Relations” and “Patenting of Industrial Property Objects Abroad”; besides, training visits of eight specialists from CIS-countries were held according to individual programs.


In the year 2004, Rospatent in cooperation with international organizations and offices of other countries organized in Moscow 17 conferences, forums and workshops

In the year 2004, Rospatent in cooperation with international organizations and offices of other countries organized in Moscow 17 conferences, forums and workshops, 6 salons and exhibitions promoting the achievements of scientific research as well as normative and methodological elaborations in the field of theory and practice of intellectual property protection, exchange of opinions between national and foreign specialists and introduction of the recent amendments to the international and national legislation in this area.


Stand of Rospatent at the International Salon
“Archimedes – 2004” in Moscow

In 2004, thirty conferences and seminars on intellectual property issues were held in the Russian regions including 6 of them in the Central Federal District, 7 in the North-Western Federal District, 11 in the Privolzhsky Federal District, 2 in the Urals Federal District, 1 in the Southern Federal District; 2 in the Siberian Federal District and 1 in the Far Eastern Federal Area.

5.5 Certification of Patent Attorneys

In the year 2004, 127 candidates attended the qualification exams for a professional certification of patent attorneys and 54,3 percent of them were certified as patent attorneys. As compared with the previous year, this number decreased by 8,4 percent (see Table 5.5.1).


Table 5.5.1

Results of Certification of Patent Attorneys

Items

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Allowed to Take Exams

101

108

124

118

127

Certified

79 (78,2%)

63 (58,3%)

60 (48,4%)

74 (62,7%)

69 (54,3%)

Not Certified

22 (21,8%)

45 (41,7%)

64 (51,6%)

44 (37,3%)

58 (45,7%)


Besides the candidates for attestation to patent attorneys, 15 patent attorneys took part in examinations for extension of the scope of their activity. Seven patent attorneys passed the exams successfully and extended their list of industrial property objects for which they were allowed to represent the interests of applicants.

In 2004, the patent attorney corps grew by 66 individuals and amounted to 965 patent attorneys entered into the State Register by the end of the year.

Table 5.5.2 shows data and dynamics relating to the registration of patent attorneys resident in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and other regions of the Russian Federation, both for the last five years and for the whole period of existence of the patent attorney institution.


Table 5.5.2

Dynamics of Registration of Patent Attorneys in Regions

Region

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Total for 1993­2004

Moscow

40

27

36

37

42

564

Saint Petersburg

2

6

8

9

6

149

Other Subjects of the Russian Federation

19

18

16

22

18

252


The number of patent attorneys distributed according to the Federal Districts and Subjects of the Russian Federation is provided in Annex 4.

In 2004, the number of applications filed through patent attorneys made up as follows: 8695 applications for inventions (28,8 percent of the total amount of applications received), 1900 applications for utility models (21,28 per cent), 1717 applications for industrial designs (49,77 percent), 19717 applications for trademarks (64,28 percent) and 16 applications for appellations of origin (27,58 percent). As compared with the previous year this rate increased by 7,5 percent for inventions; 0,48 percent for utility models; 7,67 percent for industrial designs and 2,68 percent for trademarks. Thus, in 2004 the number of applications filed through patent attorneys increased for all objects of industrial property except those for appellations of origin, for which an amount of applications filed through patent attorneys decreased by 11,12 percent.



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