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Annual Technical Report 2003 on Trademark Information Activities submitted by Armenia (SCIT/ATR/TM/2003/AM)

 

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I. Evolution of registration activities

In 2003, 927 applications for registration under national procedure were filed with the Intellectual Property Agency (620 applications for 2002), 602 applications were registered (654 for 2002) and 103 applications were refused.
2120 notifications were received under Madrid Agreement for international registration of trademarks with indication of Armenia (1888 notifications for 2002).
Decision was made for preliminary refusal of 420 international registrations (455 for 2002) and final refusal on 316 (279 for 2002) as well as 13 decisions on assignment refusal of international registration of trade marks.

II. Matters concerning the generation, reproduction, and distribution of secondary sources of trademark information, i.e., trademark gazettes

In 2003 were published 4 numbers of the Official Bulletins “Industrial Property”:
No 1 (25), No 2 (26), No 3 (27) and No 4(28), the last issue is in the form of CD-ROM. The Bulletins were published in two languages Armenian and Russian.
Data on 401 registered trademarks and service marks, as well as notifications on registration of license agreements and agreements on patent and trademark assignments (63 registrations) were published in the Bulletins.

III. Matters concerning classifying, reclassifying and indexing of trademark information

Upon registration of trademarks, goods and services are classified according to the 8-th edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services (Nice Agreement), and figurative elements of trademarks are classified according to International Classification of Figurative Elements of Marks (Vienna Agreement).
The list of goods and services in the application for registration of trade marks are indicated by the applicant according to ICTS.
The electronic database is available for received applications and registered trademarks.
With the help of the electronic database, the search on trademarks is practically carried out for all bibliographic data.

IV. Trademark manual search file establishment and upkeep

V. Activities in the field of computerized trademark search systems

In 2003 the works were continued on automation and technical re-equipment of the Agency. In 2003 was carried out modernization of computers and programming devices which is used for examination of industrial property subject matter.
The second version of subsystem “trademarks” and “trade names” was elaborated for the information system of the Agency. The subsystem “trademarks” is used under the regime CLIENT/SERVER. The subsystem dedicated for examination of trade and record keeping provides:
- Collection of bibliographic data in three languages (Armenian, Russian, English)
- Collection and control of fees
- Automation of record keeping
- Outlet of statistics
- Publication of bibliographic data
- Search of information

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

Patent information of the Agency is available to the wide public via internet (http//www.armpatent.org). The page contains the following information chapters:
- Statistics
- Annual report
- Bank requisites
- Patent attorneys
- Contact information
- Normative-legal base
The information is available in three languages (Armenian, Russian, English).

VII. Matters concerning mutual exchange of trademark 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 House of Armenia.
According to the preliminary arrangements on patent information exchange, 21 copies of Official Bulletin 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

One collaborator of the Agency took part in the WIPO Worldwide Academy, Geneva, Switzerland and Center for International Industrial Property Studies, University of Robert Schumann, Strasbourg, France.

IX. Other relevant matters