Annual Technical Report 2004 on Industrial Design Information Activities submitted by The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (SCIT/ATR/ID/2004/MK)


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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 the course of the 2004, 613 applications (including national and international applications according Hague Agreement) were filed to the State Office of Industrial Property. The total number of file industrial design applications in 2004, in comparison to the previous year, has reduced by 6.1%. Of the total number of foreign applications for industrial designs in 2004, Switzerland holds the utmost part of 228 applications and the participation of 39,2%, followed by Germany with 102 applications or 17,5%, then France with 17 applications or 2,9%, Italy with 13 applications or 2,2%, Holland with 11 applications or 1,9%, while the rest of the countries participate with 36,3%.
During 2004, the State Office for Industrial Property registered a total of 577 industrial designs, out of which 8 were domestic, 3 foreign industrial designs and 566 foreign industrial designs registered for the territory of the Republic of Macedonia. The total number of registered industrial designs in the said year was reduced by 7,1%, which is due to the reduced number of nationally and internationally registered industrial designs.The most of domestic registered industrial designs belong to the class 9 (63,6%) which refers to packaging and transport containers for the transportation of goods. For the foreign, the highest position be-longs to the industrial designs of class 10 (175 applications or 45,0%) which refers to the clocks and watches and other measuring instruments, checking and signalling instruments, followed by class 12 (35 applications or 9,0%) related to the means of transport or hoisting; class 9 (25 applications or 6,4%) related to packaging and transport containers; class 7 (14 applications or 3,6%) related to household goods, not elsewhere specified. The other classes account for 30,9% of the total number of registered industrial designs.
In 2004, 115 industrial designs were renewed and 156 industrial designs certificates were issued.

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

State Office of Industrial Property of the Republic of Macedonia issues the official gazette “Glasnik”. The Gazette is issued four times yearly, every three months. This official gazette contains data concerning: industrial design applications, industrial design registration, renewals, change of data concerning industrial design owners, official decisions, and information regarding other activities of the Office, in the country and abroad. There are very often commentaries of actual activities in protection of the industrial property rights. The Office issues Annual Report for its activities from the previous year. In this Report there is basic data for industrial designs.

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

In State Office of Industrial Property, industrial designs are classified according to the International Classification for Industrial Designs (Locarno Classification, Eighth Edition).
WIPO Standard ST.80 is used for bibliographic data coding.

IV. Search file establishment and upkeep

Industrial design files are kept in paper form in the library, and they are updated continuously.
There is industrial design data of applied and registered industrial designs, but in the lack of software, the research is done manually.

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

From the beginning of the year the Office, in cooperation with WIPO, started the implementation of the IPAS Software for the Patents and Trademarks domain and it is planned to gradually encompass Industrial Designs too.
-Administrative management systems:
IPAS Software

VI. Administration of industrial design 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 Office library has industrial design data from the bulletins for international registration of industrial design through Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, which are supplied by WIPO, on CDrom, as well as industrial design data supplied by exchange of official gazettes with Slovenia, Poland, FR Yugoslavia, Croatia, Moldavia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Romania, Estonia, Germany, etc., which are available to all interested persons.
The Office cannot provide computerized searches in the industrial database, because of having no software for this matter.

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

The Office sends and receives gazettes in paper form. The official gazettes, as well as the Annual Report are distributed to the next countries: AR, AZ, AU,YU, HR, SI, BG, CZ, PL, DE, SE, TR, AT, AL, BA, BY, BR, BX, BE, CA, CY, RO, IT, IL, LV, LU, LT, KR, FR, HU, CH, UA, GB, GR, GE, US, JP, PT, KP, RU, SK, SM, EG, EE, ES, MD and FI. The Office is receiving gazettes and annual reports from the next countries: AT, BG, ES, EE, BA, BY, DE, MD, LT, PL, HU, UA, FI, CZ, RO, RU, SK, JP, YU, HR and SI.

VIII. Matters concerning education and training including technical assistance to developing countries

During 2004, the educational and training activities of the employees of the Industrial design Department was as follows:
International Conference on Design, Venice, Italy
Seminar on the Hague System of the International Registration of Industrial Designs, Geneva

IX. Other relevant matters

In November 2004, the State Office of Industrial Property submitted a Drtaft Law for the Ratification of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement (from 02.07.1999, “Geneva Act”) which treats the international registration of Industrial Designs.