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Annual reports 2008 - Section 5

 



Section 5. Maintenance and Development of Patent Document Collections. Official and Informational Publications of Rospatent. Supply of Information Services

5.1. The State Patent Collection

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

In 2008 the SPC was updated with national patent documents as well as foreign patent documents through international exchange with Patent Offices of 57 countries, six international organizations.

The structure of the international exchange of patent documents with foreign Patent Offices is illustrated by data shown in Table 5.1.1.

Table 5.1.1
Bilateral Exchange of Patent Documentation

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

2005

2006

2007

2008

Total,
Including

5848,5

5806,8

6366,1

6205,6

on Paper

285,7

347,1

327,1

290,2

on CD-ROM

5562,8

5459,7

6039,0

5915,4

National Patent Documents Sent Abroad (Thousand of Copies)

Total,
Including On CD-ROM

1575,1

1604,9

1703,4

1772,8

The quantitative characteristics of the SPC showing the dynamics of the receipt of patent documents for the last four years are given in Table 5.1.2.

Table 5.1.2
Acquisitions to the CPC during 2005–2008

Patent Documents Included in the Collection (Thousand of Copies)

2005

2006

2007

2008

Total
Included:

4842,7

4894,2

5360,5

5137,5

National

241,5

236,3

191,1

231,9

Foreign

4601,2

4657,9

5169,4

4905,6

The most important tasks relating to the SPC in 2008, as well as in 2007, were as follows:

  • Improving information technologies used for compiling and maintenance of the SPC;

  • Enhancing information resources with the view of reducing labor costs required for their use.

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 their acquisitions and structure.

5.2. Acquisition of the Central Patent Collection (CPC)

The Central Patent Collection (CPC) comprises a collection of national patent documents (since 1814), collection of foreign patent documents of various countries with a varying retrospective depth, collections of abstracts and bibliographic data publications relating to all titles of industrial property, collections of patent law related literature, norms setting documents and various information references as well as a set of Indices and other reference and search aids to these collections.

As of January 1, 2009, the CPC amounted nearly to about 89,7 million copies of patent documents of all kinds stored on different types of media.

During 2008 the CPC was updated with over 4,6 million copies of national and foreign patent documents on CD-ROMs.

During 2008 the CPC was updated with the following new information products on CD-ROM (Table. 5.2).

Table 5.2
New Databases (DB) on CD-ROM Received in the CPC during 2008

Country

Name of DB

Period, years

Content

CIS

ESPACE CISPATENT on DVD

2007

Complete Description of Inventions and Utility Models

Belgium

A – Plant Breedens` Rights
B – National Lists of Varieties of Agricultural and Vegetable Jpecies (Internet)

2002–2008

Bulletin

Great Britain

Electronic Designs Journal

2008

Bulletin (industrial designs)

Israel

Patents and Designs Journal (Internet)

2007–2008

Bulletin

Cuba

Boletin da Propriedade Industrial Journal (Internet)

2002–2008

Bulletin

Russia

Description of Utility Models

1994–2008

Description of Utility Models

Slovakia

Vestnik. Uradu Priemyselne No Vlastnisfva SR

2008

Bulletin

Turkmenistan

Official Journal of Turkmenistan

2007

Bulletin

The total number of various databases included in the CPC amounted to 200, they are presented on  46 thousand optical disks (CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-R).

Access to the Central Patent Collection (CPC)

The CPC is used for providing services to all categories of users without any restrictions.

For several recent years the collections of patent law related literature, dictionaries and reference information enjoyed stable interest with the visitors of the Patent Library.

5.3. The State Patent Examination Collection (SPEC)

One of the most important integral parts of the State Patent Collection is the State Patent Examination Collection (SPEC), which is presented both on paper and on machine-readable media.

The composition and content of the SPEC is regulated by the Rule 34 of the Regulations under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), to which Rospatent is party and determined also by bilateral treaties and agreements with other Offices.

The SPEC is intended for providing services only to state examiners on the basis of open access.

Each year the current part of the SPEC is updated both with national and foreign patent documents.

In 2008 a total of 344,2 thousand specifications (286,6 thousand foreign, 57,6 thousand national documents) were added to the SPEC.

A part of the SPEC stored on paper includes collections of national and foreign documents arranged according to the IPC as well as collections of patent law related literature, scientific and technical publications and reference literature including dictionaries.

As of December 31, 2008, the SPEC on paper comprised 19,8 million patent documents of the USSR, Russia, the 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 of the CIS countries. The SPEC included also 82 thousand books and journals in various areas of science and technology.

5.4. Official and Informational Publications of Rospatent

In 2008 the following official bulletins were published on electronic media equipped with a search system:

  • «Inventions. Utility Models» — 36 issues (disks);

  • «Inventions. Utility Models» (full text descriptions) — 36  issues (disks);

  • «Trademarks. Service Marks. Appellations of Origin» — 24 issues (disks).

  • «Industrial Designs» — 12 issues (disks).

In 2008 the publication of the Official Bulletin of Rospatent «Computer Programs. Databases. Topographies of Integrated Circuits» was continued — 4 issues.

During reporting period the following information was published in the Official Bulletins:

  • 52828 announcements on inventions, including 28808 patent claims, 23731 application claims, 289 claims to patents not published before;

  • 9673 utility model claims;

  • 3657 announcements on industrial design patents;

  • 27640 announcements on trademark registrations;

  • 7 announcements on the registration of appellations of origin;

  • 17 announcements on granting a license for the use of appellations of origin;

  • 5835 computer program annotations;

  • 454 database annotations;

  • 58 annotations to topographies of integrated circuits.

For all titles the corresponding protection documents were prepared and sent out to the right owners.

In 2008 a total of 28808 patent specifications and 9673 title pages of utility model descriptions were published.

In reporting year, in addition to official Bulletins of 2007, a number of annual Indices were produced:

  • for Bulletins “Inventions, Utility Models” — 5 volumes;

  • for Bulletin “Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin” — 3 volumes;

  • for Bulletin “Industrial Designs” — 1 volumes.

In 2008 the Annual Report of Rospatent for 2007 was prepared and issued.

Besides the official Bulletins on CD-ROM, their paper copies were published, which contained the information being equal to that contained in the respective Bulletins: “Inventions, Utility Models” – 36 volumes, “Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin” – 24 volumes and “Industrial Designs” – 12 volumes.

5.5. Supply of Information Products and Services to the Users

The State Patent Collection (CPC) is a basis for providing patent information services to the users of all categories: specialists of Rospatent, examiners of the FGU FIPS, other subordinate organizations of Rospatent as well as interested users of the Russian Federation, CIS countries and other regions.

Table 5.5.1 shows main characteristics of information services provided by the FGU FIPS Library on the basis of the SPC for the last four years.

Table 5.5.1
Information Services Provided by the Department VPTB FGU FIPS

Indices (Thousands)

2005

2006

2007

2008

New Subscribers

2,0

1,6

1,7

1,5

Visits

99,0

93,2

82,5

91,6

Documents Handed out, TotalIncluding

43662,2

39342,3

31920,2

34471,8

on Paper

13091,4

11021,0

9544,2

7781,6

on CD-ROM

30554,9

28312,6

22366,0

26677,6

on Microforms

15,9

8,7

10,0

12,6

Reference Information and Advice

197,6

258,4

238,6

215,4

Copies of Specifications Made for Visitors

484,0

398,6

399,0

303,2

It should be noted that among the visitors to the Library there is a stable increase of the number of students coming from various Institutes and High Schools (in 2006 the number of students in comparison to the total number of visitors equaled 38%, in 2007 — 39,7%, in 2008 —  49,3%).

During 2008 the FGU FIPS Library arranged 25 tours and hand-on workshops relating to handling of patent documentation, in which 476 students of Moscow Higher Schools took part.

In 2008 over 13,7 thousand requests for patent information services were carried out for visitors of the Library (VPTB Department of the FGU FIPS) and for remote regional and foreign subscribers. The requests related to identification of patent family members, subject matter search, identification of the number of granted patent on the basis of an application number and so on.

Among the main users there were major industrial organizations, science centers, universities of the Russian Federation and private persons as well.

The electronic publishing system of Rospatent integrates all kinds of official publications on a uniform platform providing required means of search and access to patent documents.

During 2008 the Official Bulletins covering all types of industrial property were published on CD and DVD, at the same time the most recent issues were laid open for free access on the website of Rospatent in the Internet. Moreover, Official Issues included international classifications of subjects of industrial property, which were published on electronic media and on paper as well (Table. 5.5.2).

Table 5.5.2
Distribution of Official Issues of Rospatent in 2008

Name of the Official Publication

Number of Sets

Official Bulletin «Invention. Utility Models» on CD

255

Official Bulletin «Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellation of Origin» on CD

63

Official Bulletin «Industrial Designs» on CD

76

Official Bulletin «Computer Software, Databases and Topographies of Integrated Circuits» on Paper

79

International Classifications on CD and on Paper

655

In order to enable backfile searches, databases of invention specifications stating from 1924 were issued on cumulative DVD disks and offered to subscribers in 2008. A quick access to backlog databases of invention specifications stored on CD-ROM and DVD disks was facilitated by the quarterly produced search aids containing abstracts information along with references to the full text descriptions of invention, which were stored either on optical disks or website of Rospatent in the Internet (see Table 5.5.3.)

Table 5.5.3
Distribution of Publication of FGU FIPS Issued during 2008 on Optical Discs on the Basis of Official Information of Rospatent

Name of Publication

Number of Sets

Retrospective Annual Sets of Invention Specifications Covering the Period from 1924 to 2007

146

Annual Sets of «Industrial Designs for the Period from 1993 to 2008

28

Annual Sets of «Trademarks» for the Period from 1991 to 2008

30

Set of Indices and Search Aids to Invention Specifications and Title Pages of Utility Models

51

The offered set of electronic publications allows the users to avoid the handing of patent information on paper and to change over to a more effective use thereof in a computerized mode. Nevertheless, for the convenience of certain categories of subscribers in 2008 the publishing of traditional bulletins on paper was continued (Table 5.5.4).

Table 5.5.4
Distribution of Publications Issued by FGU FIPS during 2008 on the Paper on the Basis of Official Information of Rospatent

Name of Publication

Number of Sets

Bulletin «Inventions. Utility Models»

183

Bulletin «Trademarks. Service Marks. Appellations of Origin»

49

Bulletin «Industrial Designs»

102

Indices to Bulletins (Total Number)

170

The number of subscribers to the official information remained rather stable during last years (see Table 5.5.5.), the main bulk of subscribers being the users of the Russian Federation (see Annex 4). The most active users of the official information are the organizations engaged in research and development activities and industrial production (Table 5.5.6.).

Table 5.5.5
Number of Subscribers in the C.I.S. and Baltic States to Official Publications of Rospatent and Other Publications of FGU FIPS on the Basis of Official Information of Rospatent in 2004–2008

CIS Countries

Number of Subscribers

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Russia

1061

946

887

768

690

Ukraine

34

30

21

16

9

Republic of Belarus

13

12

8

4

1

States of the Central Asia

12

8

4

12

4

Others

6

8

6

4

4

Total

1126

1004

926

804

708

 

Table 5.5.6
Distribution of Subscribers to Official Publications of Rospatent and Other Publications of FGU FIPS Issued on the Basis of Official Information of Rospatent Broken down in accordance to their Activities during 2008

Category of Subscribers

Number of Subscribers (%)

R&D Organizations

34

Research and Production Enterprises

32

Universities

14

Regional Informational Centers and Libraries

7

Patent Offices, Ministries

1

Law Firms, Patent Attorneys, Private Persons

6

Subscription Agencies

3

Private Organizations

2

Other

1

Total

100

The website of Rospatent offered in 2008 an extended set of databases reflecting the process of development of official electronic publications (see Chapter 4.2. of this Report).

The content structure of the website of Rospatent was developing dynamically and covered an ever expanding range of issues reflecting main activity directions of Rospatent. In 2008 certain sections of the website were reconstructed, which dealt with the main issues of the performance of Rospatent, for instance, the section “Rospatent and Regions” dealing with issues of cooperation of Rospatent with regions in order to enhance activity in the field of innovations in that regions.

In 2008 the section “International Cooperation” got the further development, in which, in particular, a new heading “Eurasian Economic Community” was opened.

During 2008 approved Administrative Regulations governing the execution of various governmental functions by the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks were published on the website.



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