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Annual reports 2009 - Section 5

 



 
 

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 2009 the SPC was updated with national patent documents as well as foreign patent documents through international exchange with the Patent Offices of 57 countries and six international organizations.

Updating of the SPC with foreign patent documents on paper is planning to stop since 2010. At present the SPC is updating with foreign patent documents on optical discs (CD-ROM and/or DVD-ROM), received within the framework of the international exchange, and documentation uploaded from the sites of the Patent Offices.

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)

2006

2007

2008

2009

Total,
Including:

5806,8

6366,1

6205,6

5961,3

on Paper

347,1

327,1

290,2

90,0

on CD-ROM

5459,7

6039,0

5915,4

5871,3

National Patent Documents Sent Abroad (Thousand of Copies)

Total,
Including:
on CD-ROM

1604,9

1703,4

1772,8

1925,0

 

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

Patent documents included
in the Collection (thousand of copies)

2006

2007

2008

2009

Total,
Including:

4894,2

5360,5

5137,5

4362,7

National

236,3

191,1

231,9

273,7

Foreign

4657,9

5169,4

4905,6

4089,0

The most important problems relating with functioning of the CPC, 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, 2010, the CPC amounted nearly to 93,88 million copies of patent documents of all kinds stored on different types of media.

During 2009 the CPC was updated with over 4,1 million copies of national and foreign patent documents on CD-ROMs.

During 2009 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 2009

Country

Name of DB

Period, years

Content

Azerbaijan

Inventions, Utility models,
Industrial designs

2009

Inventions, Utility models, Industrial designs

Bulgaria

Offitial Bulletin

2009

Bulletin

Viet Nam

Official Bulletin Industrial Property

2008

Bulletin

Denmark

Dansk Patenttidende (Internet)

2008

Patents on the Inventions

Dansk Brugsmodeltidende (Internet)

2008

Utility models

Dansk Designtidende (Internet)

2008

Industrial designs

Dansk Varemaerketidende (Internet)

2008

Trademarks

Republic of Kyrgyzstan

Annual indexes (Appendix
to the Official Bulletin)

2008

Annual indexes

Интеллектуалдык Менчик

2009

Bulletin

Russia

IPC- edition 2009.01
and Alphabetic-Subject
Index Enlarged level

2009

IPC — edition.2009.01 and
Alphabetical-Subject Index

Inventions of the foreign countries

Inventions of the foreign countries

1993-2005

Inventions of the foreign countries
(The bibliographic information, abstracts)

Slovenia

Bilten za industrijsko lastnino —
bil (Internet)

2009

Bulletin, Inventions, Trademarks, Industrial designs

Estonia

Eesti Kasuliku Mudeli leht (Internet)

2009

Utility models

Eesti Kaubamargileht

2009

Trademarks

Eesti Patendileht

2009

Bulletin, Patents

Eesti Toostusdisainilahenduse leht

2009

Industrial designs

The total number of various databases included in the CPC amounted to 230, they are presented on 43,5 thousand optical disks (CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-R). In 2009 more than 7 thousand doublet copies of disks with the foreign patent documentation were transferred in the regional centers on a gratuitous basis.

Access to the Central Patent Collection (CPC)

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

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 patent 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 2009 a total of 177,1 thousand specifications (108,3 thousand foreign, 68,8 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 January 1, 2010, the SPEC on paper comprised about 19,98 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 97,8 thousand books and journals in various areas of science and technology.

5.4. Official and Informational Publications

In 2009 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 2009 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:
  • 58247 announcements on inventions, including 34824 patent claims, 23290 application claims, 133 claims to patents not published before;
  • 10919 utility model claims;
  • 4766 announcements on industrial design patents;
  • 28938 announcements on trademark registrations;
  • 4 announcements on the registration of appellations of origin;
  • 10 announcements on granting a license for the use of appellations of origin;
  • 6823 computer program annotations;
  • 567 database annotations;
  • 57 annotations to topographies of integrated circuits.

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

In 2009 a total of 34824 patent specifications and 10919 title pages of utility model descriptions were published.

In reporting year, in addition to official Bulletins of 2008, a number of annual Indices were produced for Bulletins “Inventions, Utility Models” — 5 volumes.

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

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 Patent 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

Amount (thousands)

2006

2007

2008

2009

New Subscribers

1,6

1,7

1,5

1,8

Visits

93,2

82,5

91,6

91,5

Documents Handed Out, Total
Including

39342,3

31920,2

34471,8

33210,1

on Paper

11021,0

9544,2

7781,6

7950,5

on CD-ROM

28312,6

22366,0

26677,6

25234,8

on Microforms

8,7

10,0

12,6

24,8

Reference information and Advice

258,4

238,6

215,4

205,6

Copies of Specifications Made for Visitors

398,6

399,0

303,2

333,5

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 Universities. During 2009 the FGU FIPS Patent Library arranged 32 tours and hand-on workshops relating to handling of patent documentation, in which 572 students of Moscow Institutes and Universities took part.

In 2009 over 8,4 thousand requests for patent information services were carried out for visitors of the Patent 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.

In 2009 the set of information products included the official issues of Rospatent and information publications of FGU FIPS prepared on the basis of the official publications. The basis of this list was the system of electronic publication developed on modern means of search and access to information.

During 2009 the Official Bulletins covering all types of industrial property were published on CD and DVD and were accompanied by last version of an information retrieval system MIMOSA. In addition, the most recent issues were laid open for free access on the website of Rospatent in the Internet (Table 5.5.2).

Table 5.5.2

Distribution of Official Issues of Rospatent in 2009

Name of the Official Publication

Number of Sets

Official Bulletin «Invention. Utility Models» on CD

206

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

50

Official Bulletin «Industrial Designs» on CD

56

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

60

International Classifications on CD and on Paper

683

The offered set of information products has also included the official publications of the international classifications of industrial property rights, which were published on electronic media, that provides new possibilities for profound search of patent documents. In 2009 new editions of the International Patent Classification (IPC-2009) and the International Classification of Industrial Designs (Edition 2009) were offered to the subscribers. The further step in development of the auxiliary apparatus to the International Classification of Goods and Services took place — in 2009 a periodical publication of the «Lexicographic Information Bulletin of the Goods and Services», supplementing the previous edition of the «Lexico-semantic Identifier of names of the Goods and Services» has begun.

For the purposes of search in retrospective files of descriptions of inventions , all the patent documents published since 1924 were issued on DVD in the form of the annual retrospective sets.

A quick access to accumulated databases of invention specifications stored on CD-ROM and DVD disks was facilitated by the quarterly issued 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 (Table 5.5.3).

Table 5.5.3

Distribution of Publication of FGU FIPS Issued during 2009 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 2008

116

Annual Sets of «Industrial Designs» for the Period from 1993 to 2009

32

Annual Sets of «Trademarks» for the Period from 1991 to 2009

47

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

44

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 2009 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 2009 on the Paper on the Basis of Official Information of Rospatent

Name of Publication

Number of Sets

Bulletin «Inventions. Utility Models»

122

Bulletin «Trademarks. Service Marks. Appellations of Origin»

34

Bulletin «Industrial Designs»

61

Index to Bulletins «Inventions. Utility Models»

91

The number of subscribers to the official information on optical disks and a paper has a trend to decreasing throughout the last years, in 2009 — 15 % par rapport to the previous year (Table 5.5.5). It takes place, mainly, a cause of reorientation of considerable part of the users to making use of information files presented on a site of Rospatent in the Internet. Data on subscribers by the regions of the Russian Federation is presented in the 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

Количество подписчиков на официальные издания Роспатента и издания ФГУ ФИПС, подготовленные на основе официальной информации Роспатента, за 2005–2009 гг.

Countries

Number of Subscribers

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Russia

946

887

768

690

574

CIS countries

53

34

32

14

20

Foreign countries

5

5

4

4

12

Total

1004

926

804

708

606

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 2009

Category of Subscribers

Number of Subscribers (%)

R&D Organizations

36

Research and Production Enterprises

30

Universities

15

Regional Informational Centers and Libraries

8

Patent Offices, Ministries

1

Law Films, Patent Attorneys, Private Persons

7

Private Organizations

2

Other

1

Total

100

 

The website of Rospatent offered in 2009 an extended set of databases reflecting the process of development of official electronic publications.

The content structure of the website of Rospatent was developing dynamically and covered an ever expanding range of issues reflecting main activities of Rospatent. In 2009 some new sections «Commission on Settlement of the Conflict of Interests» and «State services» were placed on a website.

With a view of assistance to small and medium-sized business in economy sphere, a section «Small and Medium-sized Enterprises; Protection and Enforcement of the Results of Intellectual Activity» was created on a website. The section provides the users with information on a wide range of the issues arising within the framework of innovative activity.

Within the limits of development of the international cooperation with foreign Patent Offices the section «Cooperation under the РРН program», aimed at simplification of procedures of consideration and registration of patent applications, was created.

During a year the publication of both drafts of the Administrative Regulations of the Federal Service of Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks on execution of various kinds of the state functions, and adopted texts of the Administrative regulations were continued for their discussion by the wide public.



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