Annual Technical Report 2004 on Patent Information Activities submitted by Egypt (SCIT/ATR/PI/2004/EG)
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I. Evolution of patent activities
Changes experienced in terms of application filings and grants with respect to the previous year
Year - Applications Filed - Patents Granted: (see following)
2003 - 1119 - 638
2004 - 545 - 325
II. Matters concerning the generation, reproduction, distribution and use of primary and secondary sources of patent information
Publishing, printing, copying (main types of publications of the office in the field of patent information, etc.)
* The Egyptian patent office publishes three journals as follows :
1-The Egyptian patent gazette
2-The patent applications bulletin
3-The Egyptian patent Abstracts
These publications are published every month, and we send them to the universities, industrial companies and research institutes in Egypt and the foreign patent offices abroad .
Mass storage media used (paper, microforms, optical storage, etc.)
We used paper, Microfilm , Microfilm Jackets , tapes , HD , and DVD as Mass storage for our Applications and Patents
Word processing and office automation
All office action is done on the application or Patent Produced Automatically from our data base as word processing.
III. Matters concerning abstracting, classifying, reclassifying and indexing of technical information contained in patent documents
IV. Search file establishment and upkeep
We completed the database numerical collection of EG patents until number 23345 with the following bibliographic data:
country of priority
We continuously provide it with the full text of patent documents from different countries (EG, US and others) according to this addition according to the International Patent Classification (IPC).
V. Activities in the field of computerized and other mechanized search systems
We have in - house systems done by cooperation with WIPO attached archiving system EPO scan.
We are planning to apply a security system in mid-2005 and will add a monitoring and quality control component to our administrative system at the end of June 2005.
We have a LAN network with 123 terminals (Dell, HP, IBM) and 5 servers (see attached document "hardware").
We use Oracle and Asp in our databases and web site.
-Information services available:
We have a Web site for our office which includes the published patents and
searchable database where we can find the bibliographic data for any
granted patent. Also, it includes all information needed to register patents
and others. The web site is : www. Egypo.gov.eg
We made 222 state of the art searches for users (see attached document "searches").
VI. Administration of the industrial property office library and services available to the public (relating to facilities, e.g., for lodging applications, for assisting clients on searching procedures, for obtaining official publications and registry extracts)
The library's acquisitions are indicated in the attached documents "Acquisitions"and "Total documents".
Activities of library
We transferred the granted patents into microfiche
From No. 23033 to No 23345 (Total = 312 patents)
We transferred patent applications from paper form to microfilm for the year 2004 (total = 536 applications)
We search through:
- Computerized IPC Catchword
-CD-ROMs and DVD systems which are available in the Egyptian Patent Office.
-The International network (Internet) through the foreign patent office databases such as:
2. Japan Patent Office
3. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
4. Egyptian Patent Office database
VII. Matters concerning mutual exchange of patent documentation and information
-We exchange our Egyptian patent gazette and abstract gazette with the
foreign patent offices .
- We get patent documents in paper form , on microfilm, microfiche and CD-
- N.B. We prepare to exchange our patents documents on microfiche .
VIII. Other relevant matters concerning education and training in, and promotion of, the use of patent information, including technical assistance to developing countries
Please see attached documents "External conferences" and "Training courses".
IX. Other relevant matters
|Classification is allotting one or more classification symbols (e.g., IPC symbols) to a patent application, either before or during search and examination, which symbols are then published with the patent application.
|Preclassification is allotting an initial broad classification symbol (e.g., IPC class or subclass, or administrative unit) to a patent application, using human or automated means for internal administrative purposes (e.g., routing an application to the appropriate examiner). Usually preclassification is applied by the administration of an office.
|Reclassification is the reconsideration and usually the replacement of one or more previously allotted classification symbols to a patent document, following a revision and the entry into force of a new version of the Classification system (e.g., the IPC). The new symbols are available on patent databases.