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Annual report of Rospatent 2010 (Section 5)

 
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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 set 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 2010 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 6 international organizations.

Updating of the SPC with foreign patent documents on paper was completely stopped since 2010 (in 2010 foreign patent documents on paper relating to the previous period were included in the SPC). At present the SPC is being updated 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

Mutual Exchange of Patent Documentation

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

2007

2008

2009

2010

Total, Including:

6366,1

6205,6

5961,3

5773,9

On Paper

327,1

290,2

90,0

8,5

On CD-ROM

6039,0

5915,4

5871,3

5765,4

National Patent Documents Sent Abroad (Thousand of Copies)

Total, Including:
On CD-ROM

1703,4

1772,8

1925,0

1995,6

 

Foreign Patent Documents Received for the SPC:

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on Paper

on CD-ROM

 

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 SPC

Patent documents included in the Collection (thousand of copies)

2007

2008

2009

2010

Total
included:

5360,5

5137,5

4362,7

4128,6

national

191,1

231,9

273,7

242,3

foreign

5169,4

4905,6

4089,0

3886,3

In 2010 the most important issues relating to functioning of the SPC were as follows:

  • Development of automated technological library system functionalities used for compiling and maintenance of the SPC;
  • Enhancing information resources with the view of reducing labor costs required for their use, including audit of collection on traditional medium of storage with the purpose of their withdrawal from the structure of the SPC;
  • Gathering the statistics and the analysis of the work quality of multipurpose automated patent search system Patsearch at an operational testing stage, preparation for loading in Patsearch the foreign patent documentation from optical disks.

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, norm 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 to nearly 97,9 million copies of patent documents of all kinds stored on different types of media.

In 2010 the CPC was updated with over 4 million copies of national and foreign patent documents on CD-ROMs.

In 2010 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 2010

Country

Name of DB

Period, years

Content

Republic of Azerbaijan

Trademarks and Geographical Indications

2009

Bulletin

Republic of Belarus

Inventions. Utility models. Industrial designs

2010

Bulletin

Republic of Bulgaria

BG Patent and Registered Utility Models Documents

2009

Specifications of Patents and Utility Models

BG Utility Models Documents

2009

Specifications of Utility Models

WO

Rule 87 Communication

2010

Specifications of Patents

Systematic Communication

2010

Specifications of Patents

Arab Republic of Egypt

Granted Patents Abstracts (Internet)

2003

Abstracts (Inventions)

Newspaper (Internet)

2009

Bulletin (Inventions)

Republic of Korea (South)

APEC.One Village.One Brand.Seminar 23-25 June 2010

2010

Materials of the Seminar

IP Xpedite Practical. E-Learning Contents on Intellectual Property Information Searches.

2010

Training program

Republic of Moldova

BOPI. Special Edition Geographical Indications.

2010

Bulletin (Geographical Indications)

Russian Federation

ИПС МКПО 9 редакция

2009

International Classification for Industrial Designs ICID (the 9th edition)

Romania

BOPI. SECTIUNEA PROTECTIA NOILOR SOIURI DE PLANTE (Internet)

2009

Bulletin (selection achievements)

Sweden

Svensk Patenttidning – A– dokument (Internet)

2010

Specifications of Inventions

The total number of various databases included in the CPC amounted to 250, they are presented on 46,3 thousand optical disks (CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-R). In 2010 nearly 1 thousand doublet copies of disks with the foreign patent documentation and 3,2 thousand ones with national patent documentation were transferred to 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 Rule 34 of the Regulations under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), to which Rospatent is a 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 SPEC is updated both with national and foreign patent documents.

In 2010 a total of 69, 3 thousand specifications on paper media (8,6 thousand foreign ones, 60,7 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, 2011, the SPEC on paper media comprised about 20 million patent documents of the former-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 98 thousand books and journals in various areas of science and technology.

Besides, the patent and non-patent documentation on optical disks as well as the automated information products presented in the Internet (EAPATIS, GPI, esp@cenet, STN, etc.) is made available for work of the examiners. In 2010 national multipurpose automated search system PatSearch at an operational testing stage was available to examiners and visitors of the FGU FIPS Patent Library.

5.4. Official and Informational Publications of Rospatent

In 2010 the following official bulletins were published on electronic media CD-ROM equipped with a search system:

  • «Inventions. Utility Models» (with specifications of Inventions) — 36 issues (disks);
  • «Trademarks. Service Marks. Appellations of Origin» — 24 issues (disks).
  • «Industrial Designs» — 12 issues (disks).

In 2010 the publication of the Official Bulletin of Rospatent «Computer Programs. Databases. Topographies of Integrated Circuits» was continued — 4 issues.

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

  • 53685 announcements on Inventions, including 30322 Patent claims, 23251 application claims, 112 claims to Patents not published before;
  • 10582 Utility model claims;
  • 3566 announcements on Industrial Design Patents;
  • 29226 announcements on Trademark registrations;
  • 6 announcements on the registration of Appellations of Origin;
  • 20 announcements on granting a license for the use of Appellations of Origin;
  • 8126 computer program annotations;
  • 684 database annotations;
  • 104 annotations to topographies of integrated circuits.

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

In 2010 a total of 30322 patent specifications and 10582 title pages of Utility Model specifications were published.

In the reporting year, in addition to official Bulletins of 2009, 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 (SPC) 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 FIPS

Amount (thousands)

2007

2008

2009

2010

New Subscribers

1,7

1,5

1,8

1,4

Visits

82,5

91,6

91,5

82,9

Documents Handed Out, Total
Including:

31920,2

34471,8

33210,1

31119,9

On Paper

9544,2

7781,6

7950,5

5900,3

On CD-ROM

22366,0

26677,6

25234,8

25203,6

On Microforms

10,0

12,6

24,8

16,0

Reference information and Advice

238,6

215,4

205,6

187,3

Copies of Specifications Made for Visitors

399,0

303,2

333,5

267,7

It should be noted that among visitors of the Library there is a stable increase of the number of students coming from various Institutes and Universities. During 2010 the FGU FIPS Patent Library arranged 39 tours and hand-on workshops relating to handling of patent documentation, in which 602 students of Moscow Institutes and Universities took part.

In 2010 over 6, 8 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 2010 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 2010 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 (Table 5.5.2). In addition, the most recent issues of all names of the Official Bulletins were laid open for free access on the website of Rospatent in the Internet).

Table 5.5.2

Distribution of Official Issues of Rospatent in 2010

Name of the Official Publication

Number of Sets

Official Bulletin «Invention. Utility Models» on CD/DVD

195

Official Bulletin «Trademarks. Service Marks and Appellation of Origin» on CD/DVD

54

Official Bulletin «Industrial Designs» on CD/DVD

59

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

55

International Classifications on CD and on Paper

359

The offered set of information products also included the official publications of the international classifications of industrial property rights in Russian, which were published on electronic media that provides new possibilities for profound search of patent documents.

In 2010 issue of retrospective annual sets of specifications of Inventions on DVD covering the period since 1924 was continued, in 2010 FGU FIPS also carried out issuing on optical disks of retrospective sets of information on Industrial Designs (since 1993), Trademarks (since 1991) and specifications of Utility Models since 1994 (Table 5.5.3).

Table 5.5.3

Distribution of Publication of FGU FIPS Issued during 2010 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 2009

117

for the Period from 1994 to 2010

44

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

18

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

56

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

47

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.

In recent years a new form of the users’ service has been rapidly developing — the official patent information was transferred by electronic means through the Internet to the leading transnational on-line companies for the purpose of their including in information search systems. In 2010 the delivery of the Russian official information was carried out by means of high technologies in such companies as LexisNexis Univentio (Netherlands), Questel (France), PAS Inc. (Japan), Thomson Reuters (Great Britain), CAS (USA) and others.

The offered set of electronic publications allows the users to avoid the handing of patent information on paper media and to change over to a more effective use thereof in a computerized mode. Nevertheless, for the convenience of certain categories of subscribers in 2010 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 2010 on the Paper on the Basis
of Official Information of Rospatent

Name of Publication

Number of Sets

Bulletin «Inventions. Utility Models»

113

Bulletin «Trademarks. Service Marks. Appellation of Origin»

28

Bulletin «Industrial Designs»

53

Index to Bulletin «Inventions. Utility Models»

75

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The number of subscribers to the official information on optical disks and a paper has a trend to decreasing throughout the last years. It takes place, mainly, because of reorientation of considerable part of the users to make use of information files presented in the Internet and traditional on-line systems. Alongside with that in 2010 the rate of the subscribers’ numerical cancellation compared to the previous year considerably descended (Table 5.5.5).

Table 5.5.5

Number of Subscribers to Official Publications of Rospatent and Other Publications of FGU FIPS
on the Basis of Official Information of Rospatent in 2006–2010

Countries

Number of Subscribers

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Russia

887

768

690

574

518

CIS Countries

34

32

14

20

18

Foreign countries

5

4

4

12

11

Total:

926

804

708

606

547

The distribution of subscribers of the Russian Federation to regions is presented in Annex 4. The Most active consumers of the official information are organizations which are engaged in scientific and technical developments and industrial production (Table 5.5.6).

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 2010

Category of Subscribers

Number of Subscribers (%)

R&D Organizations

33

Research and Production Enterprises

30

Universities

14

Regional Informational Centers and Libraries

9

Patent Offices, Ministries

1

Law Firms, Patent Attorneys, Private Persons

5

Subscription Agencies

5

Private Organizations

2

Other

1

Total:

100

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R&D Organizations

Research and Production Enterprises

Universities

Regional Informational Centers and Libraries

Patent Offices, Ministries

Law Firms, Patent Attorneys, Private Persons

Subscription Agencies

Private Organizations

Other

The website of Rospatent offered in 2010 an extended set of databases reflecting the process of development of official electronic publications (section 4.2).

The content and structure of the website of Rospatent was developing dynamically and covered an ever expanding range of issues reflecting main activities of Rospatent. New section «Realization of the Federal law dated May 8, 2010 № 83-FZ «About modification of separate acts of the Russian Federation» was opened on Rospatent website, in which Rospatent activity on improvement of a legal status of the state (municipal) establishments is reflected.

Within the limits of development of the international cooperation with foreign Patent Offices the section «Russia — EU Project» aimed at approximation of aspects of the intellectual property rights was created and modified.

With a view of efficiency increasing of developments in the area of nanotechnologies the special column filled in with documents for help to patent divisions and services of the state scientific and educational sector forming a national nanotechnology network was created.

In the reported year the publication of the adopted texts of Administrative Regulations of the Federal Service of Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks on execution of various kinds of the state functions was continued.



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