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Annual reports 2008 - Section 6

 



Section6. Scientific Activity and Personal Training, Enhancing Professional Skills in the Sphere of Intellectual Property

 

6.1. Scientific Activity

6.1.1. Scientific researches carried out by FGU FIPS

The scientific activity within Rospatent system in 2008 was aimed to achieving the following tasks:

  • improving enforcement practice with respect to the legal protection and use of intellectual property rights;

  • improving computerization of main processes connected to the switching to the electronic data processing technology, as well as enlargement of the public access to information array for carrying out the examination of applications to the industrial property rights;

  • improvement of legislation in the sphere of legal protection and making use the results of scientific and technological activities, received for the expense of the Federal budget.

In 2008 FGU FIPS carried out scientific researches on 34 issues, on 21 issues the final report have been released.

FGU FIPS carried out researches in three main directions, namely:

  • in the field of the legal problems, the proposals related to the order and terms of deposit of microorganism strains for the purposes of the national patent procedure, deposit collections empowered to fulfill the procedure of microorganism deposit, as well as the draft of Recommendations to implementation of provisions of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, concerning the letters of consent within the framework of the examination of the claimed signs as trademarks and service marks, were prepared;

  • in the field of information technologies and computerization, software for transmittal for purposes of publication and databases of the notifications on the court decisions related to the inventions, utility models and industrial designs was developed; the united system of controlling the payment of the fees for different intellectual property rights was created;

  • in the field of the economic and organizational problems, information and analytical materials, which contain the data, allowing to evaluate effect from making use of the results of scientific and technological activities to the growing of the Gross Domestic Product, as well as the proposals to amend the current legislation concerning organization of the works for fulfillment of the State contracts for carrying out of R&D and organization and methodological support of the control for efficiency of its implementation, were drafted.

The results of the R&D were used when drafting legal and normative acts, when drafting recommendations on the optimal use of the information recourses, including electronic carriers of information.

On the basis of the R&D the drafts of the methodological recommendations and informational letters were prepared and adopted by competent authority.

The results of the scientific and research activities are permanently reflected in the publications, studies, specialized magazines, as well as in reports of the scientific and practical conferences, forums, work shops, etc.

In 2008 within the framework of the 12th Scientific and Practical Conference “Practice of Legal Protection of Intellectual Property Objects under Part IV of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation”, the reports based on the results of 15 R&D were presented and published in special publication, as well as reviews, booklets and articles were published in specialized magazines «Patents and Licenses» and «Intellectual Property».

6.1.2. Science and Technology Councils (SТС) of Rospatent and FGU FIPS

The Science and Technology Councils (SТС) of Rospatent and FGU FIPS as consultative bodies for the Director General of Rospatent and the Director of FGU FIPS, play an important role in resolving the problematic issues.

The STC consists of not only the officials of Rospatent and FGU FIPS but also the representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Defense, Federal Agency Science and Innovations, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Universities including the Russian State Educational Institute of Intellectual Property (RGIIS), Moscow State University, RGMU, public organizations such as the All Russian Society of Inventors and Innovators, Association of Trademarks Holders, Association of Russian Patent Attorneys, representatives of other organizations and notable patent attorneys.

The STC accounts for 76 members, including 9 doctors of science, 32 candidates of science and 16 academicians of the public academies of science.

In 2008 year 8 joint meetings of the Science and Technology Councils were held. More than 20 topical issues and reports were considered and as a result the corresponding decisions and recommendations were adopted.

The most important issues considered by the STC are as follows:

  • results of Rospatent’ activities in 2007 and tasks for 2008 г. under the new legislation;

  • development of the electronic registry of trademarks having legally significant entries;

  • methodological recommendations for examination of the applications for granting a patent for utility model;

  • directions for improvement of training scientific and pedagogical specialists of the higher qualification according to the decisions of the Ministry of Education and Science as well as Rospatent.

  • participation of Rospatent in activities within the framework of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore;

  • payment of remuneration to the authors of inventions, utility models and industrial designs;

  • information and search system for examination of application for patents and utility models;

  • implementation of the program of Rospatent’ computerization and the main results achieved in 2008;

  • results of the selection of 100 the best Russian inventions and rewarding of the winners.

In the joint meeting of the SТС of Rospatent and FGU FIPS, the results of the scientific researches were considered, namely the issue «Investigation of using actual automatic system of control for pavement of the fees under the new terms of administration of the budget revenue», researches in the field of patent protection of the object for medical purposes.

In the meetings of the STC, the results of the scientific and practical conferences and seminars as an effective tool for public awareness in the field of intellectual property protection and stimulus for innovation activities were considered.

The traditional grand meetings of the STC devoted to the International Intellectual Property Day and Inventor and Innovator Day were held.

In 2008 besides the plenary meetings the STC, the following STC sections were working «Issues of Legal Protection and Examination of Intellectual Property Rights», «Information Technologies and Computerization», «Economic and Organizational Issues».

Totally 16meetings were held and more than 20 issues were considered.

The special attention was paid to consideration of the reports on the conducted researches in the three sessions of section «Issues of Legal Protection and Examination of Intellectual Property Rights».

The draft of recommendations for examination of the claimed signs as trademarks to similarity and identity thereof with the appellations of origin.

10 final reports on the conducted researches were considered in the six sessions of section «Information Technologies and Computerization».

5 final reports on the conducted researches were considered in the six sessions of section «Economic and Organizational Issues ».

During the meetings of the sections the drafts of thematic plans for three above mentioned directions of R&D for 2009 was considered and adopted.

Collective discussion of the topical issues contributed to the quality improvement of the preparation of the normative acts, planning of the scientific and researches, finding of the problems required be studying and solving.

6.1.3. Scientific Activities of the Russian State Educational Institute of Intellectual Property (RGIIS)

One of the priorities of RGIIS development is its scientific activities as integral part of training procedure, main factor of strengthening of intellectual potential and basic for permanent updating of the educational and methodological support.

In 2008 the improvement of scientific activities of RGIIS was continued, namely in relation to its organizational part:

  • the Statute of scientific activities, the Statute on expert activities, the Statute on the Student Scientific Society was prepared;

  • the Statute on the Scientific and Methodological Council and Job Descriptions for staff involved in organization of the scientific activities are updated;

  • the Draft Conception of forming of the schools of thought was prepared;

  • the databases for the purposes of organization and optimization of scientific activity was developed: data on scientific publications, registry of R&D, information on activities of the Student Scientific Society. The database of the scientific events of the RGIIS is under development.

The scientific activities of RGIIS in 2008 were implemented in the following directions:

1) carrying out scientific and research works according to plans of RGIIS and Rospatent, as well as at the request of the other organizations.

During the year RGIIS carried out the scientific researches on 8 issues, related to the problems in the field of intellectual property and education, as well as in the field of the legal, economic and management practice. 5 issues were completed in the form of the final reports.

The volume of financial recourses for scientific researches in 2008 г. was equal about 5,4 millions Rubles. The large-scale customers of the R&D are: ОАО «GUZPROM», Russian Authors’ Society, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the Inter Parliamentary Assembly of the Eurasian Economic Community. The works under the State contract with the Department of Science and Industrial Policy of Moscow is coming to the end.

The results of the R&D are using when preparing the drafts of the legal and normative acts, proposals to increasing efficiency of law enforcement of the results of intellectual activities and intellectual property rights, preparing the recommendation allowing to fulfill innovative development of the enterprises, etc.

2) organization and holding of scientific events.

The staff of the institute pays a great attention to dissemination of the results of scientific researches. In 2008 RGIIS organized:

  • the Competition of creative works and the International Conference «Economy in the Dialog Among the Civilizations»;
  • the Scientific and Practical Conference for Students «Intellectual Property in XXI Century» with participation of the post-graduate students, students and schoolboys, as well as the IV All Russian Scientific and Practical Conference «Intellectual Property in Innovation Development of Russia», organized within the framework of celebration of the International Intellectual Property Day;
  • the competition of the works on issues in the field of security of intellectual property; the Round Table for students «Law and Economy in the Sphere of Intellectual Property», as well as the Conference for professors «Traditions of Succession in Training of the Staff», devoted to the 40-th Anniversary of RGIIS;
  • the thematic session as the Round Table on the issues of intellectual property, jointly organized by RGIIS and Moscow Committee on Science and Technology (МКНТ) with the support of the Department of Science and Industrial Policy of Moscow.

In 2008 the staff members of RGIIS took part in more than 50 scientific events organized be different institutes and organizations in Russian regions and abroad (conferences, symposiums, round tables, seminars, congresses, session and forums).

3) enlarging of the publishing activity of the teaching staff.

In 2008 the professors of RGIIS prepared and published more than 110 works of training and methodical character, including 46 works of scientific character (scientific monographs, textbooks, manuals, comments) that on 34 % are more in comparison with indicators of last year.

On the basic of materials of the Conferences of RGIIS in 2008 are published: the Collection of IV Scientific and Practical Conference, Anniversary collection of RGIIS, the Collection of scientific works of post-graduate students.

4) establishment of the Student Scientific Society (СНО).

In 2008 the work on creation of the СНО were carried out: the Statute of the СНО is developed, the society structure is generated, the co-chairmen of the СНО is picked up, and interaction with Student Council of RGIIS is adjusted. Three scientific sections have already started to function: the first participates in performance of research work within the limits of a long-term plan of Rospatent till 2010, the second develops the system of a quality management for RGIIS, and the third continues conducting of the sociological researches.

In 2008 the considerable number of post-graduate students and students became participants of scientific activity in RGIIS. Such a work included preparation of course, abstract and degree works, creative works for the competitions, dissertational works for a scientific degree of the candidate of sciences, as well as participation with presentation of scientific reports at the Conferences and Round Tables.

5) preparation of scientific and expert opinions.

At the request of citizens and the legal entities the experts of RGIIS, being based on the professionalism and practical experience, prepare on a contractual basis the scientific and expert opinions and consultations.

During 2008 RGIIS received 55 demands for rendering services of expert and consulting. The subjects of scientific and expert opinions and consultations are connected with copyright (liability law and evaluation), patent law (evaluation) and means of individualization.

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

6.2.1. Training and raising qualification of specialists in RGIIS

In 2007 to 2008 academic year the State educational institution of the higher professional training — the Russian State Educational Institute for Intellectual Property (hereinafter referred to as RGIIS)- has celebrated the 40-th anniversary and confirmed the accreditation status.

Training of the specialists in the field of intellectual property in the institute was conducting within the framework of the specialty 030500.62 «Jurisprudence», the specialty 080507.65 «Management of the organization», the specialty 030501.65 «Jurisprudence» of the higher professional training: total number of students — 1108, including: presence learning — 609, mixed presence\off-presence learning — 192, off-presence learning — 307.

The teachers having scientific degrees and academic statuses are involved in training of the general humanitarian, social and economic, general mathematical and natural-science disciplines (20,7 % of doctors of sciences, professors; 55,2 % of candidates of sciences, senior lecturers). 61,9% of them are involved on a regular basis. Teachers (20 % — doctors of sciences, professors; 52,6 % — candidates of sciences, senior lecturers)

The teachers having scientific degrees and academic statuses are involved in training in common educational and special disciplines:

  • the specialty 030500.62 «Jurisprudence» (21,7% doctors of sciences, professors; 69,5% candidates of sciences, senior lecturers). 71% of them are involved on a regular basis;

  • the specialty 080507.65 «Management of the organization» (25,7% doctors of sciences, professors; 74,1% candidates of sciences, senior lecturers). 55% of them are involved on a regular basis;

  • the specialty 030501.65 «Jurisprudence» (16,2% doctors of sciences, professors; 43,2% candidates of sciences, senior lecturers). 52,8% of them are involved on a regular basis.

For training in some disciplines on the terms of regular combination, the post-graduate students of chairs, having the practical experience of work and highly skilled experts are involved.

As a whole as to training on specialty 030500.62 «Jurisprudence», on specialty 080507.65 «Management of the organization», on specialty 030501.65 «Jurisprudence» the teachers involved having scientific degrees and academic statuses (20 % of doctors of sciences, professors are involved; 58,6 % of candidates of sciences, senior lecturers). 61, 9 % of the teachers are involved on a regular basis, including persons with scientific degrees and ranks makes 48,7 %.

The share of teachers involved on the regular basis makes 62 % from number of the teaching staff conducting the training on the licensed specialities.

Within the framework of the Analytical Office Target Programs (ВЦП) «State regulation and legal protection in the sphere of intellectual property on 2008–2010» adopted by the Order of the Ministry of Education and Science (№ 283, October 16, 2007) the professional retraining and improvement of professional skill of experts was carried out. According to plan for 2007–2008 under programs of the post-graduate training, not less than 365 persons should be trained.

In 2008 year 560 persons were trained under various forms of additional post-graduate training, including with granting certificates — 297 persons and diplomas of the established sample (more than 500 hours) — 263 persons.

Professiconal retraining was carried out in following basic directions of training of specialists:

1. Professional retraining of specialists in the field of intellectual property, totally 160 persons, including:

  • 11.04.2007–22.04.2008 (off-presence learning), 512 hours — 14 persons;

  • 12.11.2007–25.11.2008 (off-presence learning), 512 hours — 43 persons;

  • 12.11.2007–25.11.2008 (mixed presence learning/off-presence learning), 512 hours — 36 persons;

  • since 25.03.2008 — training, the end of training: 31.03.2009 (off-presence learning), 512 hours — 13 persons;

  • since 15.10.2008 — training, the end of training: June 2009 (mixed presence learning/off-presence learning), 512 hours — 34 persons;

  • since 06.10.2008 — training, the end of training: October 2009, 512 hours — 20 persons;

2. Professional retraining of the specialists in the field of evaluation of enterprise (business) on the basis of the Ural Institute of Business Development (Yekaterinburg-city), totally 57 persons, including:

  • 03.09.2007 — 15.03.2008 (mixed presence learning/off-presence learning), 824 hours — 19 persons;

  • 12.05.2008 — 04.11.2008 (mixed presence learning/off-presence learning), 824 hours — 19 persons;

  • Since 29.09.2008 — training, the end of training: 15.04.2009, 824 hours — 19 persons;

3. Professional retraining of the specialists in the field of the security systems of intellectual property in cooperation with the International Counterterrorism Association (МКТА), totally 46 persons, including:

  • 01.10.2007–10.10.2008 (mixed presence learning/off-presence learning), 532 hours — 28 persons;
  • since 15.10.2007 — training, the end of training: 20.10.2009 (mixed presence learning/off-presence learning), 532 hours — 18 persons.

Improvement of professional skills was implemented by RGIIS according to nine main programs:

1. Training of FGU FIPS specialists, the first level, training of the examiners for carrying out its professional activity — examination of the applications for inventions, utility models and industrial designs, totally 79 persons, including:

  • 03.12.2007 — 14.04.2008 (3-th group), 255 hours — 37 persons;

  • since 10.11.2008 — training, the end of training:13.03.2009 (4-th group), 255 hours — 40 persons;

2. Intellectual property in innovation activity of the enterprise — totally 30 persons, including:

  • 11.02.2008 — 29.02.2008, 120 hours — 19 persons;

  • 01.12.2008 — 19.12.2008, 120 hours — 11 persons;

3. Training of the candidates to patent attorney, totally 86 persons, including:

  • 24.03.2008 — 11.04.2008 — complete program (120 hours) — 7 persons; inventions and utility models (74 hours) — 9 persons; trademarks and appellations of origin (30 hours) — 30 persons; industrial designs (16 hours) — 5 persons;

  • 06.10.2008 — 24.10.2008 — complete program (120 hours) — 3 persons; inventions and utility models (74 hours) — 2 persons; trademarks and appellations of origin (30 hours) — 21 persons; industrial designs (16 hours) — 3 persons; inventions and utility models, industrial designs (90 hours) — 1 person; trademarks and appellations of origin, industrial designs (46 hours) — 5 persons;

4. Commercial use of intellectual property in economy activity of the enterprise:

  • 14.04.2008–25.04.2008 Republic of Belarus, 72 hours — 28 persons;

5. Suppression of infringement in the field of intellectual property:

  • 14.05.2008–23.05.2008, 72 hours — 17 persons;

6. Legal protection and enforcement of intellectual property:

  • 22.09.2008–03.10.2008, ОАО RZD, 72 hours — 25 persons;

7. Legal protection of copyright and related rights:

  • 31.10.2008–30.12.2008, 72 hours — 15 persons;

8. Straggle with counterfeits in Russia:

  • 13.11.2008–05.12.2008 St.,-Petersburg, 72 hours — 5 persons;

9. Evaluation of intellectual property. The mechanisms of introducing into civil circulation of intellectual property objects in innovation activity of the enterprise:

  • 15.12.2008–26.12.2008 ОАО RZD, 72 hours — 20 persons.

In 2008 the regional seminars have been held, namely:

  • 10.2007–05.2008 — Urgent issues of the legal protection of intellectual property, 32 hours — 15 persons;

  • 11–13.03.2008 — Legal protection of the results of intellectual activity, Borovith-city, 16 hours — 14 persons;

  • 20–27.03.2008 и 03.04.2008 — Management of intellectual property rights in the enterprise, НПО «Astrophysics», 22 hours — 40 persons;

  • 01–04.04.2008 –Intellectual property rights in the Russian Federation and protection thereof , Tver-city, 32 hours — 37 persons;

  • 20–21.05.2008 — Entering into force of Part IV of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation and practice in the sphere of infringement of intellectual property rights, 16 hours — 20 persons;

  • 10.2008–05.2009 — Urgent issues of the legal protection of intellectual property, 32 hours — 17 persons;

  • 24–26.11.2008 — Commercialization and capitalization of intellectual property rights when using thereof in entrepreneur activity, Samara-city, 24 hours — 25 persons;

  • 01–15.12.2008 — Intellectual property enforcement in realization of innovative projects, State contract №89/08-к (30.07.2008), 24 hours — 40 persons;

  • 19–20.12.2008 — Intellectual property and system of legal protection, Khanty-Mansiysk, 12 hours — 110 persons.

More than 300 persons received a possibility of raising qualification within the framework of the above seminars.

In RGIIS there is a post-graduate course, which is preparing scientists and teachers. In 2008 under RGIIS two doctor dissertation councils were established: the specialty 08.00.05 and specialty 12.00.03, the members of which are leading specialists in the field of intellectual property.

One of the main tasks of the post-graduate course of RGIIS is the preparation of scientific staff for Rospatent system. During 5 recent years in dissertation councils under RGIIS: 173 candidate dissertations and 2 doctor dissertation, including 9 dissertations of the RGIIS staff, were defended. Under the specialty 08.00.05 the RGIIS staff defended 3 dissertations, and under the specialty 12.00.03 — 6 dissertations. RGIIS is also training the candidates to patent attorneys, for more details see paragraph 6.3.

6.2.2. Training of the civil servants of Rospatent

Training of the servants of Rospatent is illustrated in the Table 6.2.2.

Table 6.2.2
Training of the Civil Servants of Rospatent in 2008

Total Number of the Civil Servants Trained under the Programs of Improvement of Professional Skills in the State Educational Institutes

9

Including: In Academies — The Russian Academy of the Civil Service under the President of the Russian Federation and Moscow Academy of the State and Municipal Management

9

Including the Following Specializations:

Management

2

Organization and Economy

4

Plans and Finances

Analytical Information

Law

3

Others

6.2.3. Organization of the events related to training, raising qualification and promotion of awareness in the field of intellectual property in FGU FIPS

The main tasks of the FGU FIPS, as far as the training, raising qualification of specialists in the field of intellectual property is concerned, were related to training of the FGU FIPS’ staff, as well as informing the specialist of other organizations on the main amendments in the enforcement practice under Part IY of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as Part IY of the RU CC) and administrative reform.

6.2.3.1. Organization of training, raising qualification of FGU FIPS specialists

Organization of training, raising qualification of FGU FIPS specialists was realized within the framework of the Joint System of Training (ЕСО), with using internal and external forms of training.

Organization of training with using internal forms of training

With the purpose of adaptation of FGU FIPS specialists to the new legal regulation, in 2008 according to the program adopted be the Director General of Rospatent, top management, examiners, scientific experts and other leading specialist of the Rospatent system participated in the training courses to study the provisions of Part IY of the RU CC and drafts of the Administrative Regulations. The courses were conducted by the heads and members of the working groups who have prepared the above drafts.

116 specialists of FGU FIPS, included in the list for promotion to vacancy of the heads (deputy heads) of the departments, participated in the planed training sessions, according to the program adopted by the Director of FGU FIPS.

Within the framework of program of experience exchange for the examiners of FGU FIPS, 3 workshops on the enforcement practice in the foreign patent offices (German Patent Court, the EPO, Patent Attorney Company “Vereenigde” (the Nederland) and 2 workshops with the participation of the representatives of the Russian Center of High Technology (ХимРар) on the issues of development and patenting of the objects, developed using post genome technology, were organized.

With the purpose of increasing efficiency of self training of the examiners и decreasing of the labor works of the tutors and top management, Intranet-portal of FGU FIPS integrated a new version of training and supervising system «ОЛИМП:ОКС», including 9 new training courses for studying Part IY of the RU CC.

Organization of training with using external forms of training. Cooperation with RGIIS

The specialists of FGU FIPS are raising qualification, graduate the first and the second education, and continue education in the post-graduate faculty of the Russian State Educational Institute of Intellectual Property (RGIIS).

Raising of the qualification

The costs of rising qualification of FGU FIPS’ specialists in RGIIS is covered by the budget of FGU FIPS. In 2008 the training program of the first level of the three levels of the system of improvement of professional skills, provided for training of the examiners, carrying out the examination of the applications foe inventions, utility models and industrial designs, have been updated by means of both increasing the period for practical training and decreasing number of lectures and taking into account the amendments of the legislation. Two groups of the newly recruited examiners of FGU FIPS (totally 79 persons) have been trained under this program

Training under the programs of the high professional education

At the end of 2008, under the programs of the high professional education (Faculty of Jurisprudence) 9 specialists have training in RGIIS with the financial support of FGU FIPS. 4 of them are in the way of graduating the second education.

Training in the post-graduate faculty of RGIIS

5 specialists of FGU FIPS have training in the post-graduate faculty of RGIIS (including 3 seekers) at the end of 2008.

6.2.3.2. Activity of FGU FIPS for promotion of public awareness in the field of intellectual property

Distant learning in Russian by the WIPO Worldwide Academy Program «The General Course on Intellectual Property» in Russia and Other Countries ( DL101RU)

Two sessions of distant training in Russian by the WIPO Worldwide Academy Program «The General Course on Intellectual Property» for Russia and other countries were held in 2008. Totally 1569 persons were enrolled for training in 2008, 743 of them successfully completed the training course and obtained the WIPO Worldwide Academy Certificates, which increase in 93 persons the indicators of the Analytical Office Target Program for 2008. 40 specialists of FGU FIPS and 2 specialists of Rospatent have successfully finished the above distant training among the other Moscow citizens. This form of trainings is very popular among the population of Russia and other Russian speaking citizens of CIS countries and far abroad.

The dynamics of registration in the distant course DL101RU in period from 2003 to 2008, when the organizational and administrative support was rendered by FGU FIPS and the department of International Cooperation of Rospatent are shown in the Diagram below.

Since 2009 the administration of the distant training will be rendered by RGIIS.

The total data on results of distant training and in the regions of the Russian Federation is given in Table 6.2.3.2 and Annex 5.

Table 6.2.3.2
The Results of Distance Training under the WIPO Worldwide Academy Program “The General Course on Intellectual Property” in 2008

Territory

Spring Session

Autumn Session

Total Per Year

Number of Trainees

Number of Graduated

Number of Trainees

Number of Graduated

Number of Trainees

Number of Graduated

Moscow and St. Petersburg

484

62

642

137

1126

199

Russian Regions

146

198

344

CIS Countries

203

84

233

113

436

197

Far Abroad Countries

6

3

1

0

7

3

Total

693

295

876

448

1569

743

FGU FIPS of Them

14

5

44

35

58

40

Training of specialists on patenting and entrepreneurs

The seminar «Making use of the open databases in Internet for carrying out patent searches» and training of specialists in the field of industrial designs was organized. 57 specialists of different organizations were trained under the above programs.

Organization and carrying out of study visits for specialists of the patent offices

5 specialists of the State Patent Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan and 10 specialists of the National Intellectual Property Center of the Republic of Belarus took part in the study visit in 2008.

Practical training of students

FGU FIPS organized and held practical training (general, graduation, work experience) for 119 students from the Russian State Educational Institute of Intellectual Property, Moscow University and other universities, namely RGGU, RGSU and GUU.

6.3. Training, Certification and Registration of Patent Attorneys

RGIIS started training of patent attorneys in 1991/1992 academic year. At that time the first program, satisfying the requirements of the qualification exams, was developed. Initially, the program of training has duration of six months, later — four, and since 1993 to 2003 год — one month. At present this program, dealing with all intellectual property rights, has duration of 120 hours.

The course «Training of candidates to patent attorneys» is developed in line with the requirements of the qualification exams and take place three times during the academic year and finished just before such exams. The training is effected by the most experienced staff of RGIIS, Rospatent and FGU FIPS, who engaged directly in drafting proposals on amendment of the legal and normative regulation in the field of intellectual property protection and certain other intellectual property objects, on the one hand, all terms of interlinks between the examination and the applicants, and on the other hand, requirements to the disposal of the rights to results of intellectual activity.

The knowledge received allow both successfully to pass the exams (at the average 85% persons competed the training are in a position to obtain the status of patent attorney), and implement thereof in practice.

Unfortunately, at the last time the certain candidates to patent attorney are trying to pass qualification exams without training in RGIIS. Such approach makes influence both into results of the exams, and the professional qualities of patent attorneys.

Since 1991 in RGIIS, under the programs of training of candidates to patent attorney, more than one thousand of specialists were trained (including about 130 specialists which were trained in St.,-Petersburg branch of RGIIS), nut not all of these had passed the qualification exams, but nevertheless about 80% of them have became the patent attorneys.

In 2008, as a whole, 104 candidates to patent attorneys took part in qualification exams for certification as patent attorney and 53,8% of them were certified to receive the status of patent attorney. In comparison with the previous year the above mentioned index is increased in 9, 2%.

The dynamics of results of certification of patent attorneys is shown in Table 6.3.1.

Table 6.3.1
Results of Certification of Patent Attorneys

Index (number of persons)

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Admitted to Pass the Exams

127

163

130

157

104

Certified

69
(54,3%)

106 (65,0%)

62
(47,7%)

70
(44,6%)

56
(53,8%)

Rejected in Certification

58
(45,7%)

57
(35,0)

68
(52,3%)

87
(55,4%)

48
(46,2%)

In 2008 the corps of patent attorneys increased by 55 persons and at the end of the year was equal to 1244 patent attorneys included in the State Registry (25 patent attorneys were excluded for the reasons not connected with the respective requirements).

The data and dynamics of registration of patent attorneys, living in Moscow, St. — Petersburg and totally in other subjects of the Russian Federation during last five years and totally for the whole period of patent attorneys’ existence are given in Table 6.3.2.

Table 6.3.2
Dynamics of Registration of Patent Attorneys in Regions

Region

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Total for 2008

Moscow

42

40

65

45

38

757

St. Petersburg

6

7

7

8

6

172

Other Subjects of RF

18

16

20

20

11

315

6.4. Conferences, Seminars, Round Tables

Rospatent holds in Moscow annual conferences, seminars, round tables with participants from international organizations and foreign states.

The significance of these events determines the four main directions, implementing in the process of realization:

  • exchange of the practical experience on the issue of legal protection of inventions, utility models, industrial designs, trademarks and copyrights among a wide range of participants, including Rospatent’ specialists, the patent attorneys, patent specialists, inventors, experts, representatives of the Federal Authorities, judicial system, universities, educational and academic entities as well as representatives from international organizations (in particular, WIPO, the EPO, the EAPO, etc.) and foreign states;

  • public awareness of the role and significance of intellectual property and legal protection thereof;

  • training and educational process, because the most part of the participants, when listening the reports of the top management and specialists, first of all from the Rospatent system, are in a position to received original information and explication of the different aspects, which are in a competence of Rospatent;

  • popularization among the participants of the scientific and practical conferences the results of the R&D conducted by the specialists of FGU FIPS on the issues related to legal protection of intellectual property rights, transfer of rights, enforcement, prevention of unfair competition, development of information technologies, economic and organizational problems in sphere of intellectual property.

The main feature of the conferences and the Round Tables which were hold in 2008 is that its were organized after coming into force (since 01.01.2008) of Part IY of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation.

Here is general information concerning the most held in Moscow.

March 3 to 6:

The Round Table within the framework of the VIII Moscow International Salon of Innovations and Investments in the All Russian Exhibition Centre, devoted to practice of legal protection of inventions, utility models, industrial deigns and trademarks under Part IY of the Civil Code Of the Russian Federation.

The following representatives attended this Round Table:

  • 19 cities and regions of the Russian Federation: Moscow and Moscow region, St.-Petrsburg, Belgorod, Voronez, Yekaterinburg, Kursk, Lipetsk region., Murmansk, Nizhniy Novgorod and region, Novocherkask, Penza, Samara, Tver, Khabarovsk, Cheliabinsk,

  • other states: the Republic of Belarus (Minsk), Check Republic (Prague).

Among the participants there were the representatives:

  • of the state sector: Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Economic Development of the Khabarovsk region, Ministry of Industrial Development of the Cheliabinsk region, judicial and commercial organizations, scientific and research institutes and information centers, patent attorneys, specialists and other persons.

The tom management and specialists of Rospatent and FGU FIPS have presented the reports.

The total number of participants of the Round Table was about 120 persons.

April 2:

The Round Table within the framework of the XI International Salon “Archimedes” in Sokolniki Park , devoted to practice of legal protection of inventions, utility models, industrial deigns and trademarks under Part IY of the Civil Code Of the Russian Federation.

The representatives of the following cities attended it: Moscow, Moscow region, St. Petersburg, Almetiensk, Belgorod, Briansk, Vladimir, Nizhniy Novgorod, Nizhniy Tagil, Penza, Riazan, Rybinsk, Sochy, Stavropil, Tambov, Toliaty, Cheboksary, Engeslk and other cities of the Russian Federation as well as the representatives of Ukraine and Romania.

Among the participants there were the representatives: the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, patent attorneys, industry, and scientific organizations.

The total number of participants was about 100 persons.

July 2:

Dr. Boris Simonov, Director General of Rospatent has a meeting with patent attorney. All the participants previously were in a position to send the questions under the topic: «Perspectives of development of patent system in the Russian Federation. Issues of interaction of patent attorneys with Rospatent, FGU FIPS and FGU “Chamber of Patent Disputes». The specialists of Rospatent, FGU FIPS and FGU “Chamber of Patent Disputes» participated in this meeting and gave the overwhelming relies to the questions. The above replies of the specialists according to their competence are available in the site of Rospatent. About 80 persons, representing the different regions of the Russian Federation, attended this meeting.

October 8 to 9:

The 12-th Scientific and Practical conference «Practice of Legal Protection of Intellectual Property Objects under Part IV of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation» was held in the premises of Rospatent and FGU FIPS.

Different representatives took part in the work of the conference, namely: international organizations (the European Patent Office (EPO), the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO); patent offices of foreign states (Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China, Japan and the USA); the European Commission; Embassy of Germany and the USA; a number of state bodies (Council of Federations of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Department of Defense Industry and High Technologies of the Government Office of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Federal Service of Security, Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, FGU “FAPRID” under the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, Federal Agency for Science and Innovations, Federal Agency of Geodesy and Cartography, Rosoboronexport); public organizations and associations (Republican Council of VOIR, All Russian Public Organization «Деловая Россия», All Russian Association of Trademarks Holders, Chamber of Commerce & Industry of the Russian Federation, Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Vologda, Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Udmurtia); the Russian Academy of Science, higher educational institutions and research studies institutes; industrial undertaking; administrative ­and ­managerial structures, information centers and other organizations from the Russian Federation; several foreign organizations, companies and firms, including foreign patent attorneys and legal entities. Top management and specialists from Rospatent, FGU FIPS, FGU «Chamber of Patent Disputes», and Russian State Educational Institute for Intellectual Property (RGIIS) took active part.

The mass media were represented by: magazine «Patents and License», practical magazine «Pravovest », Russian-German Publishing House «Интер Эксперт», TV News Channel РБК.

During the Conference two plenary meetings and four sections were carried out, within the framework of which four sessions and Round Tables were held.

On the first plenary meeting Dr. Boris Simonov, Director General of Rospatent spoke with the short address to the participants.

The plenary meetings, sections and round table were headed by the Deputy Director of FGU FIPS and Head of Quality Control Service O. Alexeeva, Director of Department of the Control and Supervision in the Sphere of the Legal Protection of the Intellectual Property of Rospatent L. Kiriy, Assistant of Director of FGU FIPS S.A. Gorlenko, Director of Trademarks Department of FGU FIPS O. Komarova, Deputy Director General of Rospatent A. Korchagin, Director of Chemistry Department of FGU FIPS E. Utkina, Head of Medicine Division T. Shakhmatova.

During the final plenary meeting Mr. Martti J.J. Enäjärvi, the President of the Patent Office of Finland, expressed his great interest to the conference and rendered a report «Intellectual Property in system of international cooperation».

Information support for the Conference was provided by mass media, in particular by the representatives of magazine «Patents and Licenses», Pravovest, as well as the Russian-German Publishing House «Интер Эксперт» and TV New Channel РБК .

Full texts of some key reports were published and distributed among the participants.

The indication of the importance of conferences are quantitative and representative composition of the participants, as well as participants estimates of the event.

There is some statistics of the conference participants for the last nine years in the Table 6.4.

Table 6.4
Total Number and Representation of Certain Participant’s Categories

Total Number of  Participants
350
Number of Regions Represented
39
Number of International Organizations Represented
5
Foreign Countries CIS
15
Others
10

December 11:

Within the framework of the exhibition «Trademarks and Industrial Design-2008» in the All Russian Exhibition Center the Scientific and Practical Conference as well as the Round Table on the topic: «New legislation in the field of trademarks and industrial designs as well as the urgent issues of making use thereof» were organized.

The representatives of Rospatent, FGU FIPS, Department of trade restriction of currency and export control, Department of economic security of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation participated in the Round Table.

The following organizations also participated in the Round Table: FGU «НТЦ «Atlas», ООО «COYUZPATENT», ZАО «Patent Attorney», ООО «Intellectual Systems», ООО «МаТИК Yakovlev and Partners», ГУП of Moscow «Moscow Quality», ООО «Mogilev trade lines», Foundation Bereginia, ООО «Doctor Beliaev», etc.

The total number of participants of the Round Table was 55 persons.



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