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Press-release on the meeting of the heads of Rospatent and EPO


Geneva, 26 September 2013

The Director General of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) Boris Simonov and the President of the European Patent Office (EPO) Benoît Battistelli presented the Russian – English version of the automatic machine translation tool during the meeting which took place in Geneva in the framework of 51st Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO on September 26, 2013. The Agreement between the Rospatent and the EPO relating to the Cooperative Patent Classification was also signed by the Heads of the Offices during this meeting.


Cooperation between Rospatent and the EPO in the field of automatic machine translation tool.

In the framework of Memorandum of understanding on bilateral cooperation in the field of automatic machine translation Rospatent submitted to the EPO more than 1,5 million of Russian-language patent documents, which were used by the EPO for development of multilingual automatic machine translation tool with the purpose to to improve quality of machine translation systems to ensure accurate translation. Patent Translate tool was incorporated into Espacenet online searching service which will provide the Russian-speaking community with the free access to patent documents on 22 foreign languages. The service now enables free translation of patents from 19 European languages, as well as Chinese, Japanese and Russian languages. The introduction of Patent Translate will improve the availability of patent information and contribute to the spreading of technological knowledge.

The tool is activated by clicking on Patenttranslate tag on Espacenet website.


Cooperation in the field of harmonization of classification systems

The Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) was developed by the EPO in joint cooperation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). CPC was based on existing European Classification System (ECLA) that was modified to ensure compliance with the International Patent Classification standarts.

According to the Agreement between Rospatent and the EPO in relation to CPC Rospatent is introducing CPC as its internal classification scheme alongside the International Patent Classification (IPC). This is being done in stages, starting with the technical fields to be selected at expert level.

The utilization of the refined classification system will make the retrieval of relevant prior art in the search process more efficient and will improve the quality of the granting patent process. That will add a new dimension to a high-performance global patent system.



International Cooperation Department



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