Dear Ladies and Gentlemen!
We are pleased to present for your perusal the 2011 Annual Report of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property.
Activities of Rospatent in the field of improvement of the legal protection of the results of intellectual activities in 2011, as well as in previous years, were aimed at the improvement of the quality of applications’ examination and the accessibility of state services.
The detailed statistical results of Rospatent’s activities can be found on the pages of this Report. It should be noted that the overall number of applications in the reported year amounted to 111099, and the number of examinations carried out and decisions taken thereof amounted to 109156. These figures are higher than the plan for 2011 and also the 2010 indices. The overfulfilment of the plan is to a large extent due to the full-scale reform of the FIPS, the redistribution of the functions between the departments and the streamlining of the examination process.
Special efforts were undertaken in 2011 in order to ensure the quality of examination of invention applications. The process was conditioned, in particular, by the introduction of progressive procedures for foreign patenting of Russian inventions (in Japan, the Republic of Korea, the USA, Spain, Finland, Denmark) under the PPH and PCT-PPH programs.
Significant efforts were undertaken by Rospatent during the past two years to ensure the electronic interaction with the applicant in the course of rendering state services. The draft administrative regulations were amended with provisions governing the procedure of flow of applications using IT technologies, which will allow to broaden the format of electronic interaction, in particular, by means of a personal page of the applicant, the Multi-Functional Center (MFC) or the Single Portal of State and Municipal Services.
I would like to note that we are currently finalizing the elaboration of the legal normative basis aimed at the implementation of the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of May 24, 2011 № 673, in compliance with which the Federal Service for Intellectual Property is charged with the functions of:
control and supervision in the field of legal protection and exploitation of the results of intellectual activities of military, special and dual designation created at the expense of the budgetary allocations of the federal budget and also the control and supervision in the specified field of competence in respect of organizations – executors of state contracts presupposing conduction of scientific and research, development and technological works;
control and supervision in the field of legal protection and exploitation of the results of intellectual activities of civil, military, special and dual designation created at the expense of the budgetary allocations of the federal budget in respect of state customers of state contracts presupposing conduction of scientific and research, development and technological works;
legal and normative regulation of issues related to control and supervision in the defined area of competence;
legal and normative regulation of the issues related to the provision of state services in the defined area of competence. This function was previously attributed to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
At the same time, the mentioned Decree stipulates that Rospatent is the legal successor of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation as far as the legal protection of the state interests in the process of economic and civil turnover of the results of scientific and research, development and technological works of military, special and dual designation is concerned.
In this respect, Rospatent is charged with the functions of a federal body acting on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation in the process of negotiation and conclusion of intergovernmental Agreements with foreign states on Mutual Protection of Intellectual Property in the Course of Bilateral Military and Technical Cooperation (in compliance with the decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of April 21, 2010 № 271 with amendments of September 5, 2011) and the further implementation of similar Agreements concluded earlier.
Summing up the results of the past year we can definitely conclude that the activities of Rospatent contributed to the increased prestige of the Office in Russia and throughout the world.
I do hope that you will find the information contained in this 2011 Report of the Russian Federation patent office useful.
|With warm regards and best wishes,
Director General of the Federal Service
for Intellectual Property