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Annual Technical Report 2009 on Industrial Design Information Activities submitted by Armenia (CWS/ATR/ID/2009/AM)

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The expression "industrial designs" covers industrial designs and models. Offices which issue design patents should report their design patent information activities in this series of Annual Technical Reports.

I. Evolution of registration activities

In 2009 35 applications for industrial designs were filed with the Intellectual Property Agency of the Republic of Armenia (24 applications for 2008).
In 2009 19 applications were registered (13 for 2008)
The statistical data on filed applications and granted patents on industrial design are given on the following site http://www.aipa.am of the Intellectual Property Agency of the Republic of Armenia.

II. Matters concerning the generation, reproduction, and distribution of industrial design documents and of secondary sources of industrial design information, i.e., official gazettes

In 2009 12 numbers of the Official Bulletin “Industrial Property” were published:
1(57) - 12(68) , in CD-ROM format.
The bulletins were published in Armenian and Russian and include official information on certificates on 23 industrial designs.
Preparation and publication of description of 23 industrial designs have been carried out for their provision to the certificate owners.
Technical and Statistic reports on industrial designs and service marks for 2008 have been prepared and presented to the World Intellectual Property Organization.

III. Matters concerning classifying, reclassifying and indexing of industrial design information according to the classification systems applied

International classification for Industrial Designs ICID (Locarno Agreement) is used for registration of industrial designs.

IV. Search file establishment and upkeep

The Agency kept on works towards update of the foundation of the Armenian Centre for Scientific and Technical Information. The information received from patent offices of foreign countries is forwarded to the Centre.

V. Activities in the field of computerized search systems for industrial designs

The Agency uses the subversion of “Industrial designs” databases. The subversion database designed for examination and proceedings provides:
- Accumulation of bibliographic data in three languages (Armenian, Russian, English)
- Accumulation and control of fees
- Automation of record keeping
- Outlet of statistic data
- Publication of bibliographic data
- Search of information.

In the reporting period a system for filing the applications on inventions and utility models electronically on the website of the Agency has been created.
Based on the new Law on Trade Names, which entered into force since January 1, 2009 an opportunity for filing the applications on trade names with the Agency electronically was granted to the Central Bank.
Data in Armenian stored in the database server of the Agency have been converted from ASCI into Unicod.
In the reporting period automation and technical re-equipment of the Agency has been continued. The Agency has been re-equipped with 4 computers of type Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 DUO and computer supplementary devices and equipments as well as UPSs. Shortcomings and omissions in the information system of the Agency revealed in the course of its exploitation have been eliminated.
With the aim of introduction of tasks occurred in the result of development changes and updates have been made in the information system of the Agency.
Windows XP”, “Windows Vista” system and Microsoft Office have been installed, service of operation system, installation of software, diagnostics of infected computers and programs have been carried out, and operation failures have been removed.

VI. Administration of industrial design information products and services available to the public (relating to facilities, e.g., for lodging applications, registering designs, assisting clients with search procedures, obtaining official publications and registry extracts)

The information on industrial design, which is published in Official Bulletins, is given on the following site http://www.aipa.am of the Intellectual Property Agency of the Republic of Armenia.

VII. Matters concerning mutual exchange of industrial design documentation and information

The Official Bulletins containing notifications on industrial design subject matters are sent free of charge to the Armenian Research Institute of Scientific and Technical Information, Main Library of the National Academy of Sciences, the libraries of the Armenian State University, the State Engineering University of the Republic of Armenia, the Armenian Academy of Agriculture, the State Public Library and to the Book Chamber of Armenia. Official Bulletins have also been sent to the regional centers of the Republic of Armenia free of charge.
According to the preliminary arrangements on patent information exchange, 21 copies of the Official Bulletin, where information on industrial design of the Agency had been published, were sent to the Patent offices of foreign countries, as well as to WIPO, EPO and EAPO.

VIII. Matters concerning education and training, including technical assistance to developing countries (please indicate URLs of web pages of the Office’s website wherever appropriate)

Studies at Russian State Institute of Intellectual Property (1 participant).

IX.Other general information related to the Office that is available on the Internet -- URLs of web pages of the Office’s website that:

Patent information of the Agency is available to the wide public as well as via Internet (http//www.aipa.am). The page contains the following information sections:
Statistic data
Annual report
Patent attorneys
Contact information
Links
Laws
Official Publications

Well-known Trademarks
Appellation of Origin
Information-search system
Trade Names
Inventions and Utility Models
- Registered under the national procedure
- Patents registered at EAPO and protected on the territory of the Republic of Armenia
Database of Trademarks
- Registered under the national procedure
- Granted legal protection under international procedure

The information is available in three languages (Armenian, Russian, English).

X. Other relevant matters