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Annual Technical Report 2003 on Trademark Information Activities submitted by Czech Republic (SCIT/ATR/TM/2003/CZ)

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I. Evolution of registration activities

For the evolution of registration activities see the attached MS Word document.

CZ_TM_2003

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

Information concerning the Czech trademarks is published in the part B of the Official Bulletin of the Industrial Property Office (Vestnik UPV), issued monthly in 250 pieces. The Bulletin contains following types of announcements:
- Publications of trademarks applications
- Trademark registrations
- Trademark assignments
- Change of data concerning trademark owners
- Change in the list of goods and services
- Change of the wording or representation of trademarks
- Lapse of trademark rights
- Registration of licence agreements in respect of trademarks
- International registration of trademarks
- Cancellations of national trademarks
- Official decisions

As from No. 1/2000, the Official Bulletin is available on the web site of the Industrial Property Office as an electronic book in PDF format.

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

The eight edition of the Nice Classification of Goods and Service for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks has been used since January 1, 2002 for the purposes of trademark filing and registration.

According to the valid trademark legislation, the trademark application shall contain a list of goods or services for which the mark is to be registered. Goods and services are listed in sequence of classes of the Nice Classification and the appropriate number of this classification is mentioned.

The fifth edition of the Vienna Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks has been used since January 1, 2003.

In order to assist the applicants in the orientation in the above mentioned trademark classifications, classification systems were displayed on the web site of the Office.

IV. Trademark manual search file establishment and upkeep

A manual search file is not built nor used since 1996.

Trademark bulletins of foreign offices, ROMARIN CDs, DVDs from WIPO and Community Trademarks Bulletin on CDs from OHIM are received.

V. Activities in the field of computerized trademark search systems

The Office uses an internal information system for trademark applications procedure (national trademarks in the national procedure, national trademarks in the international procedure, international trademarks). This system is available for the Office staff only.

An information system accessible for public is available on the Office's web page (www.upv.cz) and allows its users to search within the national trademarks database, international trademarks valid in the Czech Republic database and links to the Community trademarks database (CTM Online).

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)

Trademark information services for the public are provided within the Trademark Information Centre (information concerning trademark applications filing, telephone queries, procedure information etc.), in the public reading room (various kinds of trademark searches) or on the basis of orders (trademark searches).

In 2003 2399 trademark searches for the public were carried out.

VII. Matters concerning mutual exchange of trademark documentation and information

Foreign official bulletins in paper or electronic form are received on exchange basis.

The Office participates in the CD-ROM TRACES project (electronic data sending) and in the Project for Eastern Europe of the Compu-Mark company (electronic data sending).

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

Various courses and seminars were organized for the public in the Czech Republic; groups and individual visitors from enterprises and universities were accepted.

In 2003, the two-year study course of industrial property rights was going on within the Office's own educational facility - The Industrial Property Training Institute.

The Office presented its information activities at following exhibitions and trade-fairs:
- International Machinery Trade Fair in Brno, CZ
- International Fair of ICT INVEX in Brno, CZ
- IENA Exhibition of Inventions and Innovations in Nurnberg, DE
- EUROFORUM Exhibition of Inventions in Budapest, HU
- Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva, CH
- "Innovation 2003" Exhibition in Prague, CZ

The Office issued the Industrial Property journal every two months.

IX. Other relevant matters