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Annual report of Rospatent 2012 (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 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 2012 the SPC was updated with national patent documents as well as foreign patent documents under traditional international exchange and special bilateral agreements with the Patent Offices of 57 countries and 6 international organizations.

Updating of the SPC with foreign patent documents is taking place now on optical discs (CD-ROM and/or DVD-ROM) received within the framework of traditional international exchange and documentation uploaded from the sites of the Patent Offices in accordance with new bilateral agreements.

In 2012 a national automated patent search system PatSearch which was put into commercial operation and has become one of the most important elements of the SPC. The functionalities of this system are designed primarily for organization of working process of the examiners, however in display class of the Patent Library this system can be used by all the categories of the users.

All retrospective sets of national and foreign patent documentation of countries of the PCT minimum documentation, which are available in the SPC on machine-readable media, are uploaded in the PatSearch system, as well as the current national and foreign documentation on optical disks and documentation uploaded from the sites of the foreign Patent Offices.

A massive refusal of using a material object (optical disks) has taken place recently among the major participants of the international exchange of patent documentation. The current foreign patent documentation is now available on the relevant sites and it can be used from the above sites directly or it can be downloaded for the further uploading in the national automated system. Such modes of operation do not fall under the scope of traditional international exchange and they need a special agreements and arrangements.

In 2012 such agreements were concluded with the Patent Offices of Australia, China and France.

A well-known original abstract information of the representative part of the world patent collection of the company Thomson Reuter is also uploaded in the national automated system Patsearch. An agreement on prolongation of the “Contract on providing FIPS with updates for the DWPI database” with the Thomson Reuters (Professional) UK Ltd is in force up to 2013.

In 2012 an agreement on international exchange on optical discs with the Patent Office of China is signed.

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)

2009

2010

2011

2012

Total, Including:

5961,3

5773,9

5898,1

5109,1

On Paper

90,0

8,5

On CD-ROM

5871,3

5765,4

5898,1

5109,1

National Patent Documents Sent Abroad (Thousand of Copies)

Total, Including:
On CD-ROM

1925,0

1995,6

1952,0

1954,8

The quantitative characteristics of the SPC showing the dynamics of the receipt of patent documents for 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)

2009

2010

2011

2012

Total, Included:

4362,7

4128,6

4256,3

4039,7

National

273,7

242,3

242,3

231,2

Foreign

4089,0

3886,3

4014,0

3808,5

In 2012 the most important issues relating to functioning of the SPC were as follows:

  • Implementation of new functionalities of automated information and technological systems used for compiling and maintenance of the SPC for all the categories of users;
  • Enhancing the SPC structure with the view of reducing labor costs required for their use, including control of collection on traditional storage medium with the purpose of their withdrawal from the structure of the SPC;
  • Gathering of the statistics and the analysis of the quality control of multipurpose automated patent search system PatSearch, development of industrial technology for loading of foreign patent documentation from optical disks and sites of foreign Patent Offices to the PatSearch, interaction with the foreign patent offices aimed at solving of problems dealing with acquisition of the documents in FTP mode for further uploading of data in the system.

The SPC is traditionally divided in two main parts — 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) is created for all the categories of users of patent information and comprises a collection of national patent documents (since 1814), collection of foreign patent documents of various countries with different retrospective, collections of abstracts and bibliographic data publications relating to all the titles of industrial property, collections of patent law related literature, normative acts and various reference information as well as a set of Indices and other reference and search aids to these collections.

As of January 1, 2013, the CPC amounted more than 96, 3 million copies of patent documents of all the kinds stored on different types of media.

In 2012 the CPC was updated with over 3.9 million copies of national and foreign patent documents on CD/DV-ROMs.

The collection of patent, law, dictionary and reference literature amounts about 85 thousand of publications, and the users have an access to full-text databases of law data of Publishing House Kluwer Law and Business (Kluwer Manual IP Online и Kluwer IP Cases), as well as to electronic libraries: E-Library, Scopus, etc.

In 2012 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 2012

Country

Name of DB

Period, years

Content

Kirgizstan

Retrospective patent documents

1995-2003

Full-text patent specifications

Lithuania

 

Lietuvos Respublikos Valstybinio Patentu Biuro Oficialus Biuletenis (Internet)

200-2012

Bulletin (Inventions, Industrial designs and Trademarks)

Russia

DE, EP, WO, US, FR, GB, JP, RU
Inventions worldwide

2011-2012

Abstracts (Inventions)

IPC — amended in 01/2012 and ASC, Advanced Level

2012

IPC and ASC

San-Marino

Bolletino. Brevetti, Marchi e Disegni (Internet)

2012

Bulletin (Inventions, Industrial designs and Trademarks)

The total number of various databases included in the CPC amounted to 267; they are presented on 51, 5 thousand optical disks (CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-R). In 2012 nearly 1,5 thousand doublet copies of disks with the foreign patent documentation and 0,6 thousand ones with national 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 the categories of users without any restrictions.

In recent years new automated information products, such as automated systems PatSearch, Global Patent Index (GPI) and EAPATIS, which are modern and effective information products, and have become available to all the categories of the users of the Patent Library for carrying out of information searches.

5.3. The State Patent Examination Collection (SPEC)

Another important integral part of the State Patent Collection is the State Patent Examination Collection (SPEC), which is intended for providing services only to the state patent examiners on the basis of open access and is represented by the respective Patent Collection on paper (national and foreign patent documentation), by national automated information databases (DB), including automated search system PatSearch.

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.

In 2012 the SPEC was uploaded only with national patent documentation on paper media. In the reporting year 53,3 thousand of national documents were added to the SPEC.

A part of the SPEC is stored on paper and includes the 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, 2013, the SPEC on paper media comprised more than 17 million patent documents of the former-USSR, Russia, the USA, Great Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, Austria, Canada, 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 103 thousand of books and journals in various areas of science and technology.

The SPEC volume as compared with 2011 was diminished by exclusion of duplicating collections of national and foreign patent documentation on paper media (the former-USSR/Russian Federation, German Democratic Republic, Switzerland, Korea, Japan).

The patent and non-patent documentation represented in free and commercial national and foreign information products in the Internet (PatSearch, EAPATIS, EPOQNET,GPI, esp@cenet, STN, SCOPUS, Kluwer Manual IP Online и Kluwer IP Cases, portal of electronic recourses SwetsWise of company Swets&Zeitlinger BV, Publishing House Elsevier etc.), are available for the examiners.

5.4. Official and Informational Publications of Rospatent

In 2012 Rospatent has continued publishing official bulletins on electronic media 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 the reporting year the publication of the Official Bulletin of Rospatent “Computer Programs. Databases. Topographies of Integrated Circuits” was continued on paper— 4 issues. The activities aimed at starting since 2013 the publication on electronic media equipped with a search system. For implementation of this task an additional (5-th) issue of the Official Bulletin with data related to IPS registered in IY quarter of 2012 was published.

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

  • 56219 announcements on Inventions, including 23127 RU patent claims, 32880 application claims, 212 claim to RU not published patents, 212 claims to the former-USSR inventor certificates and patents which were not published before;
  • 11671 Utility Model claims;
  • 3381 announcements on Industrial Design Patents;
  • 27620 announcements on Trademark registrations;
  • 5 announcements on the registration of Appellations of Origin;
  • 31 announcements on granting a license for the use of Appellations of Origin.

Taking into consideration of an additional (5-th) issue of the Official Bulletin “Computer Programs. Databases. Topographies of Integrated Circuits” with data on registered Computer Programs, Databases and Topographies of Integrated Circuits со was published:

  • 14952 computer program annotations;
  • 1706 database annotations;
  • 209 annotations to topographies of integrated circuits.

In 2012 a total of 32880 patent specifications, 11671 title pages of Utility Model specifications and 22 specifications to the former-USSR previously classified inventor certificates were published in the Official Bulletin “Inventions. Utility Models”.

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

In the reporting year the Annual Indices for 2011 were produced for the Official Bulletins “Inventions, Utility Models” — 5 volumes.

In addition to the Official Bulletins on CD-ROM, the following FIPS issues were published on paper media in 2012:

  • “Inventions (Applications), Inventions (Patents), Utility Models” — 36 volumes,
  • “Industrial Designs” — 12 volumes.
  • “Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin” — 24 volumes;

“Information and notices published in the Official Bulletins “Inventions. Utility models” and “Industrial Designs” (36 volumes);

“Information and notices published in the Official Bulletins “Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin” (24 volumes), with data concerning volume of the corresponding Official Bulletins.

In 2012 the following publications were issued: the Information and Search System “International Patent Classification, Edition 2012.01 (IPC 2012.01) with alphabetic and subject matter index on CD; International (Nice) Classification of Goods and Services (10-th Edition) on paper; Rospatent Annual Report (2011).

In 2012 under the auspices of WIPO modified current edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services (NCL 10) was approved and entered into force since January 1, 2013. This version (NCL 10-2013) differs from the 10-th Edition by inclusion of 99 new terms of goods and services, amendment of certain terms in English or French, deletion of some terms of goods and services, in other world is a version of current 10-th edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services.

The English and French version of the NCL (10-2013) is available at WIPO site.

At the end of 2012 the amendments to the NCL 10 were translated into Russian and complete text of the NCL 10 (10-2013) is prepared for publication.

In 2012 a Lexical and Systematical Index of Goods and Services (LEXINTU-4) was drafted and amended on the basis of the results of 6-year test, as well as taking into consideration the entrance into force of the International Classification of Goods and Services (NCL 10), which was integrated into LEXINTU-4 with a keeping of existing kind-type structure reflecting variety of the terms used for identification of the goods and services.

In 2012 г. the Lexical and Graphical Information Bulletin (LEXINFORM), which united all previous issues (№№ 1-7) and included amendments to the NCL 10 and LEXINTU-4 is prepared. The terms of the goods and services which are now not actual or vague were deleted.

During reported year a current 7-th Edition of the International (Vienna) Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks was translated into Russian (ICFE ТM–2013) for publication

5.5. Supply of Information Services

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

An access to various automated search systems and information products, including those prepared by Patent Library, is granted to the consumers of patent information on Rospatent and FIPS websites.

Lists of recommended bibliography as assistance for the specialists on urgent issues of IP protection and court practice are posted on Rospatent website and regularly updated: “Recommendations as to a list of methodological, law and patent literature, documentation for support of patent departments and departments of state scientific and training activities of the organizations, forming the National Nanotechnology Network”. A new page was posted in the above website in 2012 which includes information concerning commercialization of intellectual property rights as well as assistance to small and medium-sizes enterprises.

The information posted on FIPS website, namely the “Guide to patent collection and Internet resources of the Patent Library, translation into Russian of the EPO monthly publication “Patent Information News”, etc. are regularly updated. At present a new informational product “Internet-Navigator on Patent and Information Resources”, which includes references, links and abstracts of the above resources posted on the websites of different Russian organizations involved in intellectual property and related activities, as well as a page “Frequently asked questions”, which includes replies to questions of the users of patent information, is also available on this website.

An electronic Catalogue of Patent Literature “Legal protection of intellectual property: national and foreign publications” (as of 01.01.2013 the Catalogue contains information about 127 thousand of documents; the catalogue is partially supplemented with links to complete versions of documents, posted in the Internet with open access for patent /copyright holders).

The above electronic Catalogue of Patent Literature on FIPS website is monthly updated and contains more than 77 thousand of documents. In 2012 it was requested by 27670 distant users and 163379 pages of the documents were viewed.

Totally, more than 140829 users visited FIPS website (page of the Patent Library) and 303973 pages of the documents were viewed.

Table 5.5.1 shows main data on information services provided by the 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)

2009

2010

2011

2012

New Subscribers

1,8

1,4

1,4

1,4

Visits

91,5

82,9

82,2

100,4

Documents Handed Out, Total,

Including:

33210,1

31119,9

28085,2

35212,8

On Paper

7950,5

5900,3

4840,7

3710,3

On CD-ROM

25234,8

25203,6

23237,2

31500,3

On Microforms

24,8

16,0

7,3

2,2

Reference information and Advice

205,6

187,3

185,2

215,5

Copies of Specifications Made for Visitors

333,5

267,7

224,5

217,8

Some decrease in numbers, indicated in Table 5.5.1, is due to the fact that in 2012 the visitors actively used new information recourses available on Rospatent website, for example, an electronic Catalogue of Patent Literature “Legal protection of intellectual property: national and foreign publications”.

It should be noted that among visitors of the Patent Library there is a stable increase of the number of the students from the various Universities. During 2012 the Patent Library arranged 32 visiting tours and hand-on workshops relating to handling of patent documentation, in which 496 students of the Moscow Universities took part, 6 thematic meetings with representatives of the biggest libraries, students and professors of Universities and other specialists who are interested in IP protection issues, which were attended by 452 people.

In 2012 over 6,4 thousand of requests for patent information services were carried out for visitors of the Patent Library and for remote regional and foreign subscribers. The requests related to information patent search, identification of patent family members, subject matter search, and 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, scientific centers, Universities and private visitors as well.

In 2012 the distribution of the official publications of Rospatent and FIPS has continued. They were prepared on the basis of official information provided by Rospatent for a wide range of users of patent documentation. These publications are available mainly in electronic format (CD and DVD) and are accompanied with modern means of search and access to information.

During 2012 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. More than 300 organizations and enterprises have been purchasing these bulletins regularly (Table 5.5.2). The most recent issues of all names of the Official Bulletins were laid open for free access on the Rospatent website.

Table 5.5.2

Distribution of Official Issues of Rospatent in 2012

Name of the Official Publication

Number of Sets

Official Bulletin “Invention. Utility Models” on CD/DVD

201

Official Bulletin “Trademarks. Service Marks and Appellation of Origin” on CD/DVD

49

Official Bulletin “Industrial Designs” on CD/DVD

69

Official Bulletin “Computer Software, Databases and Topographies of Integrated Circuits” on Paper

45

International Classifications on CD and on Paper

168

The range of information products included also the official publications of the International Classifications of industrial property rights in Russian, presented in electronic form that provides opportunities for profound search of patent documents. In 2012 a new Edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services (NCL 10) was offered to the subscribers.

Fast access to accumulated array of the invention specifications (IS) on CD and DVD provides the quarterly publication of the Reference and Search Tool (RST) on DVD containing abstract with the links to full-text IS located on optical disks and posted on Rospatent website (Table 5.5.3). In 2012 the number of copies of this edition increased more than by 3 times as a result of granting these editions to the Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) established in the Russian Federation.

Table 5.5.3

Distribution of Publication of FIPS Issued during 2012 on Optical Discs on the Basis of Official Information of Rospatent

Name of Publication

Number of Sets

Retrospective Annual Sets of Invention Specifications for the Period from 1924 to 2011

90

Sets of Utility Models Specifications for the Period from 1994 to 2012

46

Annual Sets of “Industrial Designs” for the Period from 1993 to 2011

24

Set of “Trademarks” for the Period from 1991 to 2011

16

Set of Indices and Search Aids to Invention Specifications and Title Pages of Utility Models for the Period from 1994 to 2012

204

In 2012 the following publication on optical disks of retrospective arrays of information was continued: sets of invention specifications (since 1924), sets of descriptions of utility models (since 1994), sets of information on industrial designs (since 1993), sets of information on trademarks (since 1991). In total in 2012 over 170 such sets (Table 5.5.3) were widespread.

In 2012 the form of providing services for the users by communication channels was developed — the official patent information was provided in electronic form via the Internet to the world on-line services which are carrying out the functions of patent information providers.

Along with the publication of the wide range of electronic editions used in automated search mode, the possibility of obtaining on paper editions concerning industrial property rights was provided to the interested users. At the same time for increase of efficiency of publication of these editions it was diversified that caused a modification of the nomenclature of editions on paper in 2012 (Table 5.5.4).

Table 5.5.4

Distribution of Publications Issued by FIPS during 2012 on the Paper
on the Basis of Official Information of Rospatent

Name of Publication

Number of Sets

“Inventions (Applications)”; “Inventions (Patents)”; “Utility Models”. Information and notices published in the Official Bulletins “Inventions. Utility models” and “Industrial Designs”

133

“Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin”. Information and notices published in the Official Bulletins “Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin”.

19

“Industrial Designs”

26

Index to Bulletin “Inventions. Utility Models”

59

 

The total number of subscribers to the official information on optical disks and information publications on paper for the last years has a trend to decrease that is explained mainly by reorientation of considerable part of the users to obtaining this information via the Internet and other on-line systems. However in 2012 a certain growth of number of the users of information products on CD and DVD was noted as a result of emergence of new category of users — the Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) (Table 5.5.5).

Table 5.5.5

Number of Subscribers to Official Publications of Rospatent and Other Publications of FIPS
on the Basis of Official Information of Rospatent in 2008–2012

Countries

Number of Subscribers

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Russia

690

574

518

453

478

CIS Countries

14

20

18

9

7

Foreign countries

4

12

11

14

13

Total:

708

606

547

476

498

The above fact has changed the distribution of the subscribers depending on the scope of their activity (Table 5.5.6). Specific weight of the information services, carrying out the users in the regions of Russia, in 2012 increased practically twice in comparison with 2011.

Table 5.5.6

Distribution of Subscribers to Official Publications of Rospatent and Other Publications of FIPS Issued on the Basis
of Official Information of Rospatent Broken down in accordance to their Activities during 2012

Category of Subscribers

Number of Subscribers (%)

R&D Organizations

26

Research and Production Enterprises

26

Universities

8

Regional Informational Centers

25

Patent Offices, Ministries

1

Law Firms, Patent Attorneys, Private Persons

8

Subscription Agencies

3

Private Organizations

2

Other

1

Total:

100

Distribution of the subscribers of in regions of the Russian Federation is presented in the Appendix 4. It should be noted that more than 70% of the subscribers are located in the Central, North-Western and Volga Federal Districts.

The websites of Rospatent and FIPS provided in 2012 an access to the wide list of databases, including official electronic publications (see Section 4.2 of the Report).

The contents and the structure of the site representing activity of Rospatent within its competence (www.rupto.ru), cover the most urgent issues of development of system of protection of intellectual property in Russia.

The structure of page of Rospatent site “International Pilot Project under the Patent Prosecution Highway Program (PPH Program)” was extended by inclusion of information on new participating countries and active updating by new documents.

In 2012 the new version of Rospatent website, based on portal technology that provides the software and technological conditions for functioning of information subsystems of Rospatent as a part of the systems of interdepartmental electronic interaction (SIEI) under the project of the Electronic government of the Russian Federation is enacted.

At the same time simultaneously with Rospatent site in 2012 the site of FIPS (www.fips.ru), focused on full support of the users at various stages of legal protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights was actively functioning.

On the FIPS site a new page “Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) aimed at simplification of access of Russian organizations and enterprises to patent information was open.

Further development of the page “Electronic Interaction with the Applicants” on the FIPS site was aimed at assistance (both reference and methodical support) to the applicants starting electronic filing of application for inventions and trademarks.



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