Annual Technical Report 2004 on Industrial Design Information Activities submitted by Poland (SCIT/ATR/ID/2004/PL)


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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

Trends or areas experiencing rapid changes with respect to the previous year

1. In 2004, the Polish Patent Office (PPO) received 2.224 industrial design applications a 11.1% decrease compared to 2003 among which 1.918 were domestic applications and 306- foreign applications.

2. In 2004, 3.425 decisions were taken, 3.185 being positive on the registration of designs. 2.786 designs were registered.

3. The number of exclusive rights in force on December 31st, 2004 was 7.118 for industrial designs.

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

Industrial design documentation is available in the Office’s reading-room and in the “Announcements of the PPO” which is issued monthly and is available in paper and on our web page in the PDF format.

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

The 7th edition system of the Locarno Classification. The existing files are not reclassified.
Application documents were scanned and indexed.

IV. Search file establishment and upkeep

The file of ornamental designs, which had been replaced by industrial designs comprises of the industrial designs’ documentation of Poland and official bulletins of foreign offices containing registered industrial designs. In 2004 the file was being expanded.

File building

6.000 copies of descriptions of Polish industrial designs, ornamental designs were included into the files.

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

In-house systems (online/offline)

The system of administration and search in the field of industrial designs was supported as an in-house system- WZOPRZEM

Equipment used (hardware, including the types of terminal and network used, and software), data carriers used

• DB2 and JAVA- managing trademark and industrial design database
• Pearl, PHP, C#. NET – creating of inter- and intra- websites
• IBM CONTENT MANAGER- managing the application documents of trademarks and industrial designs
• SQL SERVER and C#- managing the external database
• ULTRANET and IRIS- supporting the net access to optical discs
• Adobe and Corel software – publishing issues

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)

Information services available to the public (including computerized services and search files contained in libraries remote from your Office and industrial design information posted by your Office on the World Wide Web).

Full text specifications of industrial designs registered in the PPO organized in classified collections were displayed for the users in our Office’s Library. We receive official bulletins from 15 countries part of which is available to users.

In addition to the search facility, the Patent Office website provides information relating to design registration including forms and fees, legal decisions, guides for applicants. Information is also available from our enquiry centre.

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

International or regional cooperation in the exchange of industrial design information, e.g., in the form of official gazettes

We sent the 457 copies of the “Announcements of the PPO” to 39 countries and 749 copies to regional patent information centres.

Exchange of machine-readable information, e.g., data contained on CD-ROM or magnetic tape

Within international exchange we receive official gazettes containing data on industrial designs on paper and on CD-ROMs.

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

Promotional activities (seminars, exhibitions, visits, advertising, etc.)

Conferences and symposia on issues relating to basic responsibilities of the Patent Office, i.e. receiving applications and granting exclusive rights for subjects of industrial property, including industrial designs.

Training courses for national and foreign participants

Members of the PPO’s staff participated in conferences, meetings and training courses organized jointly with international organizations such as the OHIM. The courses focused on various issues including industrial designs:
“Protection of trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications in Poland after the accession to the EU”
Seminar for staff of patent information centers (the PPO and OHIM)
Seminar on protection of trade marks and industrial designs in the EU (the PPO, OHIM)

IX. Other relevant matters