Annual Technical Report 2007 on Industrial Design Information Activities submitted by Georgia (SCIT/ATR/ID/2007/GE)

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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 2007 the number of applications filed in accordance with domestic and international procedures was 365 which is approximately less by 5% with respect to the previous year.
56 applications were filed via the domestic procedure, which exceeds by the amount of 30% with respect to those filed in the previous year.
It should be noted that number of international applications decreased by about 17%, wlile the number of domestic applications icrease by 64%.
Extension of protection into Georgia was requested under 309 international registration, which is less by about 10% as compared with the previous year.

Rapid change in the number of filings according to fields of application was not observed.

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

The Official Bulletins data bulk for publishing in Georgian language is prepared by generating from the database and formatting them with MsWord text processors.
-The Industrial Property Official Bulletin is published twice a month on paper, CDROM and on the WebSite of SAKPATENTI.
Every Official Bulletin contains colored images of published designs as well as bibliographic data of the international applications extended to the territory of Georgia.
There are available web pages of the Office’s website that provide access to online publication of patent documents and gazettes:

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

Documents are classified using the Locarno classification (8th edition). Other classifications are not in use.

IV. Search file establishment and upkeep

It is possible to conduct searches in design bibliographic data with the Office patent database.
Various Official Bulletins from other Intellectual Property Offices of the world are also kept in the library.
The library is also equipped with two workstations having access to the Office patent database and the Internet.

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

- Patent search in in-house databases are conducted online by means of LAN. Every examiner is given possibility to conduct searches in the in-house databases from his/her working place. External databases are accessible via the Internet.
- Automated system of SAKPATENTI is based on a powerful LAN. The LAN is a high speed network (100 MBps) of which core is built on three 24 port switches. The switches connect HUBs of individual local segments and 5 high-throughput servers. In the LAN, 168 computers, 116 printers, and 72 power supply units (UPS) are contained.

Data flow processing, monitoring and control
Entering primary information of domestic applications on Industrial Designs, bibliographic data, abstracts, and design views into the database.
-processing Industrial Designs registered in the International Bureau in accordance with the Hague agreement;
Since 2000, development of new project of unified automated system started and it has been implemented in 2005 with the use of last generation information technologies and software means (ORACLE system).
The system algorithm is completely based on legislative articles being currently in force in SAKPATENTI. Each application which is filed goes through certain technological cycle
and appropriated actions are conducted in accordance with the procedure. The objective of the functional complex is to administer the following actions:
recieving documents, registration and making modifications in them;
control of time limits;
communication with an applicant with established forms;
formation of databases
conducting searches in the databases;
creation of reference systems and their use;
registry upkeep;
preparation of materials to be published in Official Bulletins;
providing the statistical and other data to the management staff.

For further upgrading the automated system some efforts were made objectives of which were as follows:
- increase the speed of information processing;
- improvement of operation reliability;
- provision of full automation of the technological cycle;
- formation of electronic Bulletin in real time;
- possibility of conducting searches with keywords and in bibliographic data;
- secure storage of accumulated data;
- extensive use of the Internet for informatio exchange;
- capability of online filing of applications;
- control of time limits according to the rules of international agreements and protocols;
- control of meeting the requirements of the laws in force, normative acts, rules etc.

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 Office industrial property library is located in separate premises and is equipped with every nececary documentation as well as computers for assisting public on searching procedures, for obtaining official publications, for. providing consultations as concerns applications drafting, novelty searches as well as information concerning the innovation.
A set of documents is available in the library specifically for aiding young businessmen, being updated on a regular basis. The set of documents includes all necessary materials concerning the innovation problems.

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

All Official Bulletins stored on CD discs (trilingual versions) are exchanged with various Intellectual Property Offices worldwide. These bulletins are stored in MS Word format and published on the Office Website in PDF format.

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)

The Office is well equipped with audiovisual means for conducting seminars and training courses. Power Point presentations were mainly used as visual means for training purposes.
Several examiners and staff members attended seminars abroad.
To provide knowledge dissemination policy, The Office continues to publish journal "Intellectual Property" containing papers on all spheres of intellectual property. It is published on paper and on the Website in PDF format (full texts). The authors of the papers are mainly the Office staff members. The journal provides great aid both to are patent professionals and the public in obtaining useful educational materials.

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

URLs of Web pages of the Office’s website that:
• provide information on legislation related to patents
• contain the Annual Report of the Office
• contain patent-related news regarding the Office
are as follows: ; Legal_Materials/ ; /news

X. Other relevant matters