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Annual reports 2005 - Section 6

 



Section 6. Science Activities, Staff Training and Enhancing Professional Skills in the Area of Intellectual Property

6.1. Science Activities of Rospatent, FGU FIPS and RGIIS


In the year 2005 science activities within the Rospatent system were aimed primarily at resolving the following issues:

• improvements in the legal protection of intellectual property rights and their use;

• improvements in the computerization of the basic processes, including a change­over to paperless processing of applications for all industrial property rights.

To resolve the above main and other issues, in 2005 scientific studies were carried out within FGU FIPS in 25 topics, within RGIIS in the topic “Evaluating the Status and Forecasting the Main Trends in the Manufacture and Distribution of Counterfeit Goods on the Territory of the Russian Federation” carried out under the State Contract concluded with RGIIS on the results of a competition held by the Federal Agency for Science and Innovations. In the course of works there were determined, in particular, indices allowing for identification and evaluation of the main factors and conditions that contribute to piracy.

Within FGU FIPS, the studies were carried out in three main directions:

• In the area of legal issues: there were elaborated proposals on the improvements in the legal protection of audiovisual performances; proposals on the amendments and supplements in the Russian Federation Patent Law to extend the range of protective titles and on the development of patentability criteria as regards utility models; proposals on the inclusion in the existing Rospatent statutory documents of those amendments concerning a subject matter's type and categories of applications for intellectual property rights filed in the Russian Federation and subject to selection for the State or departmental preservation; recommendations on the issues of examination of applications for a “product” after the example of compositions.

• In the area of information technology and computerization: there was developed a User's Guide with the description of new electronic information resources; a Software for monitoring the names of chemical compounds in electronic format as to compliance with the developed electronic glossary of the names of chemical compounds; a Computerized Database Software for the preparation of Official Actions and other outgoing correspondence on inventions in electronic format.

• In the area of economic and organization issues: there were carried out some studies to prepare statutory documents governing the procedure and order for revealing information and analytical data necessary to carry out the control and supervision functions of Rospatent, to elaborate recommendations for the participants in the process for creating and using results of scientific and technological activities within the framework of the State contracts; a systematic analysis of inventive and innovative activities in order to prepare information and analytical materials on the instructions of the Government of the Russian Federation.

R&D results obtained were used in the development of statutory and legal acts; recommendations on the optimal use of information resources, including in the change­over to electronic carriers; proposals aimed at improving the State and regional policies in the field of patent and license activities.

R&D results are constantly reflected in surveys, materials in specialized journals, reports presented at scientific and practical conferences, forums, seminars etc.

Specifically, during the Scientific and Practical Conference “Problematic Issues of Theory and Practice of the Intellectual Property Protection” held in 2005, summaries of reports based on the results of 15 research works were presented along with publication of surveys and pamphlets, such as “Monitoring of the Patenting of Inventions in the Russian Federation by Foreign Firms and Corporations”, INITS, 2005, a methodological guide for examiners “Modern Capabilities of Search for Patent Documentation Presented by Foreign Patent Offices and WIPO on the Internet”, INITS, 2005.


Scientific and Technical Council plays an important role in the resolution of scientific issues


The Scientific and Technical Council (STC) of FGU FIPS acting as an advisory body under Director of FGU FIPS plays an important part in the implementation of the above objectives of scientific activities.

STC of FGU FIPS is composed, apart from employees of the Institute, of representatives of Rospatent, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Defense, educational institutions, including RGIIS, MGU, RGMU, VOIR, the Russian Association of Trademark Owners, representatives of other organizations and eminent patent workers.

STC numbers 66 members, including 6 Doctors of Sciences, 28 Candidates of Sciences.

In 2005 a total of 20 topical issues, reports and presentations were discussed, resulting in the adoption of relevant recommendations, including those aimed at improving the work of the Scientific and Technical Council and its sections, enhancing the efficiency of research works as well as implementing their results.

Particular attention was given to legal issues associated with the improvements in the legal protection of industrial designs, utility models and inventions in the field of chemistry.

Among topical issues relating to information technology, there were discussed matters concerning the implementation of the project for computerization of the main activities of Rospatent; matters pertaining to paperless technology and information provision of the Russian Federation regions.

In addition to the above issues, STC meeting were devoted to regular consideration of the results of scientific and practical conferences and seminars to be discussed in detail in Section 6.3.

In the reporting year active work was carried out within the following three STC sections: “Issues of the Legal Protection and Examination of Industrial Property Rights”, “Information Technology and Computerization”, “Economic and Organization Issues”.

A total of 16 meetings were held to discuss more than 40 issues. Particular attention was given to the protection of industrial designs, paperless technology, and combat against counterfeiting production.

A joined discussion of topical issues greatly enhanced the quality of statutory documents prepared, a purposeful planning of research works and improvements in the control over results obtained, revealing of problems and issues that require elaboration and decision­making.

6.2. Training and Enhancing Professional Skills in the Area of Intellectual Property

The main challenges with respect to training and improving professional skills in the area of intellectual property protection were associated, on the one hand, with training and improving professional skills of employees of Rospatent and FGU FIPS and, on the other hand, with the improvement of professional skills and promotion of knowledge in the field of intellectual property for specialists from outside organizations.

In 2005, under the advanced studies programs of the State educational institutions, a total of 10 civil servants of Rospatent were trained with various academies.

In the Rospatent system, particular attention was given to training and improving professional skills of the staff of examination departments. A continuous training of employees, primarily young examiners, is one of priority challenges of Rospatent.

6.2.1. Training and Enhancing Professional Skills of FGU FIPS Employees

Training and enhancing professional skills of FGU FIPS employees are carried out within the framework of a Common Training System using outer and inner forms.

At the Russian State Educational Institute of Intellectual Property (RGIIS) the employees of FGU FIPS receive an additional training for enhancing their professional skills and attend post­graduate courses
.


Rospatent pays special attention to the issues of education and
training of the examination divisions’ staff


There are four faculties at the Institute:

1. Faculty of Law.

2. Faculty of Economics and Management. In the reporting year, a new specialization – the International Patent and License Management – was organized within the framework of the “Management of Organization” specialty.

3. Faculty of Supplementary and Pre­Higher Education. Supplementary education includes three directions: refresher courses and advanced studies to implement the programs of supplementary education in the field of intellectual property, as well as a preparatory department for university entrants.

4. Faculty of postal tuition and distance learning.

In early 2005, a total of 31 employees of FGU FIPS completed training under a post­graduate course program, 5 persons graduated from RGIIS to obtain a first higher education.

5 employees of FGU FIPS continue their education at post­graduate courses.

In the year under review, 20 employees of FGU FIPS completed the English­language training provided at the expense of EPO; yet another 49 persons continue their education.

138 employees of FGU FIPS completed successfully the WIPO Worldwide Academy's General Distance Learning course “Introduction to Intellectual Property” and received relevant certificates of the WIPO Worldwide Academy (hereinafter referred to as the “WWA WIPO”).

In 2005 a total of 234 employees of FGU FIPS were trained in the framework of the joint TACIS project “Assistance to Rospatent in the Harmonization of Intellectual Property Legislation and in Training of Personnel”.


Russian State Institute of Intellectual Property (RGIIS) provides professional training, primary or secondary higher education and postgraduate education for the employees of the FGU FIPS


A two­step centralized training of young specialists of FGU FIPS continued in 2005:

the first step for beginning employees, including patent examiners, with a length of service up to 4 months, said step involving acquaintance with fundamental issues pertaining to industrial property protection (lessons totaling to 13 hours) for a total of 180 employees;

the second step for beginning examiners of examination scientific and research subdivisions with a length of service from 6 months to 1 year — for a total of 48 employees. Practical training on the subject “Examination of Patent Applications as to Substance” amounting to 20 hours was carried out in five groups (Mechanics, Transport, Medicine, Biotechnology, Physics).

In the year under review, the second step program was supplemented with a systematic training (lessons totaling to 10 hours) of newly appointed examiners – probationers to work with main patent information resources in electronic format (a total of 46 beginning examiners were trained).

In 2005, a total of 7 centralized lessons were carried out for the heads of FGU FIPS structural subdivisions on topical issues arising with respect to examination practice.

6.2.2. Enhancing Professional Skills and Promoting Knowledge in the Area of Intellectual Property for Specialists from Outside Organizations

In 2005, two sessions of the distance learning under the WWA WIPO program “Introduction to Intellectual Property” were held in Russia and other countries in the Russian language.

Six tutors (experts from Rospatent, FGU FIPS and RGIIS) provided advice during the spring session. In accordance with the WWA WIPO decision, the autumn session was held without a tutorial support, with a final examination carried out on­line in the form of testing. The session was administered by FGU FIPS in collaboration with the Department for the International Cooperation and Information Support of Rospatent.

A total of 1,306 individuals were registered in 2005 for learning, with 566 registrants successfully completed the course and received WWA WIPO Certificates (see, Table 6.2.2.1 below).


Table 6.2.2.1

The Results of Distance Learning under the WWA WIPO Program “Introduction to Intellectual Property” in 2005


Territory

Number of Persons Trained

Spring Session

Autumn Session

Total Per Year

Moscow and St.­Petersburg

135

90

225

Russian Regions

133

66

199

CIS Countries

44

95

139

Far Abroad Countries

3

3

Total

315

251

566


Data on the results of distance learning as to the Russian Federation regions are presented in Annex 5.

A total of 183 experts in the area of patenting and entrepreneurs were trained on the following topics: “Use of Widely Accessible Databases on the Internet for Patent Searches”, “Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights In View of Amendments In the Russian Federation Law. Licensing and Contractual Relations” and “The International Mark Registration In Accordance with the Madrid Agreement and Protocol to the Madrid Agreement”.

In 2005, a total of 16 experts from the Patent Offices of Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan worked on probation at FGU FIPS under individual programs.

The following practices were organized by FGU FIPS: a graduation (for 78 students of RGIIS), a production (for 66 students), an introductory (for 8 students) and also a production practice for 16 students of the RGGU Institute of Information Sciences and Safety Technology.

In 2005 Rospatent continued works associated with a professional certification of patent attorneys.

163 candidates attended qualification exams for certification of patent attorneys of which 65.0 per cent were certified as patent attorneys. As compared with the previous year, this number increased by 11.7 per cent.

The results of a professional certification of patent attorneys are presented in Table 6.2.2.2.


Table 6.2.2.2

Results of Certification of Patent Attorneys


Indices (Persons)

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Admitted to Pass Exams

108

124

118

127

163

Certified

63 (58,3%)

60 (48,4%)

74 (62,7%)

69 (54,3%)

106 (65,0%)

Rejected

45 (41,7%)

64 (51,6%)

44 (37,3%)

58 (45,7%)

57 (35,0%)


In the reporting year the corps of patent attorneys increased by 64 individuals and amounted to 1,027 patent attorneys registered in the State Register by the end of the year (a total of 21 patent attorneys were eliminated from the Register for reasons not associated with the violation of requirements to be placed upon such attorneys.

Table 6.2.2.3 below shows data and dynamics relating to the registration of patent attorneys residing in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and other entities of the Russian Federation, for the last five years and for the entire period of existence of the Russian Patent Attorneys Institution.


Table 6.2.2.3

Dynamics of Registration of Patent Attorneys In Regions


Region

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Total for 1993­2005 (Persons)

Moscow

27

36

37

42

41

607

Saint Petersburg

6

8

9

6

7

155

Other Entities of the Russian Federation

18

16

22

18

16

265



The number of patent attorneys distributed by Federal Districts and Entities of the Russian Federation is presented in Annex 5 to Section 6.

6.3. Conferences, Seminars

Most Important Conferences, Forums and International Seminars Held by Rospatent in 2005

In parallel with workshops, every year Rospatent holds in Moscow a considerable number of conferences, forums and seminars attended by representatives from international organizations and other States. The purpose of these events is to promote the achievements of scientific research and statutory­methodological developments in the theory and practice of intellectual property protection; to exchange experience with domestic and foreign specialists; and to acquire a familiarity with recent amendments in the international and national laws in this field.

A brief review of such major events organized in Moscow is presented below.

March 16:

A Conference and Round Table within the framework of the VIII International Salon of Industrial Property “Archimedes­2005” (in the premises of the All­Russia Exhibition Center “Sokolniki”) to discuss the legal protection of industrial property rights in the process of innovations.

A total of some 70 participants of which are representatives from EAPO, industry, scientific organizations, mass media, patent attorneys from a number of Russian cities, personnel from Rospatent and FGU FIPS.


Problems of struggle against counterfeited goods and ways of their resolution were discussed during the round-table meeting within the scientific and practical conference «Problems of Protection, Enforcement and Exploitation of Intellectual Property Items» (April 26, 2005)


April 26:

A Scientific and Practical Conference “Issues of Intellectual Property Protection, Enforcement and Exploitation” and three “Round Tables” within the framework of this Conference were organized by Rospatent on the occasion of the World Intellectual Property Day to discuss the following matters:

• protection and use of copyright and related rights at the modern stage;

• issues pertaining to combat against counterfeit products and means for their resolution;

• issues of commercialization of the intellectual activity results.

Meetings at the Conference and Round Tables were chaired by Director General of Rospatent B.P. Simonov and its Deputies A.D. Korchagin, I.V. Lebedev, V.G. Shipkov and also by Rector of the Russian State Educational Institute of Intellectual Property (RGIIS) I.A. Bliznets.

The Conference was attended by representatives from the Government of the Russian Federation, legislative and executive authorities of the Russian Federation (Federation Council, State Duma of the Russian Federation, Government, a number of Ministries and Offices), research institutions, international, copyrighted and public organizations, men of letters and art, RGIIS students, totaling to 170 persons.

October 11–13:

There was organized a key event of the year: the International Conference “Topical Issues of Theory and Practice of Intellectual Property Protection” on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the State Committee for Inventions and Discoveries – Rospatent.

The Conference was attended by representatives from international organizations (WIPO, EPO, EAPO, CIPR, etc); Patent Offices of many foreign countries; some Embassies; a number of the State structures (the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, etc); public organizations and associations (the Republican Council of VOIR, the Moscow International Salon of Industrial Property “Archimedes”, etc); administrative and management structures, information centers and other organizations from a number of Russian regions; some foreign companies and firms, mass media.

A total of some 370 specialists attended the Conference, including from far abroad countries – 42 and near abroad countries – 20. 40 regions represented Russia.

On October 11, 2005 delegates attended a ceremonial meeting held at the “State Variety Theatre”. A.A. Fursenko, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, made a congratulatory speech at the meeting.


At the ceremonial meeting the Minister of Education and Science Andrey Fursenko made a welcome speech to the participants of the conference devoted to the 50th anniversary of Rospatent


Three sections were organized in the framework of Rospatent Conference, namely: “Issues of Improving the Legal Protection of Industrial Property Subject Matter”, “Challenges of Commercializing the Intellectual Activity Results”, “Improving Examination of Industrial Property Subject Matter”, and also seven Round Tables, namely: “Some Aspects of the Trademark Legal Protection”, “Issues Pertaining to the Origin and Grant of the Rights In R&D Results”, “Invention or Utility Model: What Is Better?”, “Challenges and Prospects of International Cooperation. Issues of the Intellectual Property Legal Protection, Use and Enforcement”, “Topical Issues In the Field of Legal Protection of Industrial Property Subject Matter”, “A Problem of Commercializing the R&D Results”, “Certain Issues of the Legal Protection of Industrial Property Subject Matter In the Field of Medicine”.

Opening and Concluding Speeches were made by Director General of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Rospatent) B.P. Simonov who chaired plenary meetings and the Round Table “Challenges and Prospects of International Cooperation. Issues of the Intellectual Property Legal Protection, Use and Enforcement”.

Meetings at the Sections and Round Tables were chaired by Director General of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Rospatent) B.P. Simonov, Deputy Director General of Rospatent A.D. Korchagin, Deputy Director General of Rospatent I.V. Lebedev, Director of FGU FIPS A.V. Nikitin.

Outcomes of the Conference were reflected in special collections of summaries of reports in Russian and English. Full texts of main presentations were published in the journals “Intellectual Property” and “Patents and Licenses”.

December 15:

The 3rd Scientific and Practical Conference was organized at RGIIS for the personnel of Rospatent system (post­graduate students, competitors for academic degrees, young experts). Director General of Rospatent B.P. Simonov made an opening speech for some 110 delegates of the Conference.

Noteworthy also a trend for growth in the number of participants of annual conferences to be organized in October at Rospatent, as demonstrated by data in Diagram 6.3. This is evidence in favor of significance and topical character of their holding.


Diagram 6.3


Number of Participants in the Annual Scientific and Practical Conference in 1997–2005



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