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Annual Technical Report 2007 on Trademark Information Activities submitted by Ukraine (SCIT/ATR/TM/2007/UA)

Where URLs are requested below, it is preferred that either URLs which are likely to remain stable over time (three years or more) are provided, or home (main) page URLs are provided with a short explanation of how to access the corresponding information.

I. Evolution of registration activities

Changes experienced in terms of application filings and registrations with respect to the previous year

Statistical evolution concerning:

Applications filed (national route):
in 2006 – 20813, in 2007 – 23746, i.e. 14% more than the previous year.
Registered (national route):
in 2006 – 13134, in 2007 – 15375, 17% increase.

Year 2007 witnessed changes in the technological process of incoming application flow registration; in particular, a system of electronic registration of incoming application flow was integrated with a central electronic document archive. The electronic register underwent updating of the subsystem of immediate statistics and reporting on incoming application flow.

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

During several past years, including 2007, none of the trends or areas experienced rapid changes. However, some areas and fields (presented by the classes of the Nice Classification) were clearly defined as stable leaders in application filing, in particular: Class 35 “Advertising; business management…” (2006 - 15,9%, 2007 -16,7%); Class 41 “Education; providing of training…” (2006 - 6,0%, 2007 - 6,0%); Class 16 “Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials…” – (2006 - 5,6%, 2007 - 5,0%); Class 05 “Pharmaceutical and veterinary preparations; sanitary preparations for medical purposes…” (2006 - 5,0%, 2007 - 4,5%); Class 42 “Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto…” (2006 - 4,2%, 2007 - 4,4%).

URLs of web pages of the Office’s website that provide statistics related to trademarks

http://www.sdip.gov.ua/eng/about/Stateng/currenteng/
http://www.ukrpatent.org/en/statistics.html

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

Publishing, printing, copying techniques

Information concerning marks for goods and services is published in the Official Bulletin “Promyslova Vlasnist” (“Industrial Property”), in the following parts of Book 2 of the Bulletin:
“Information on the Issue of Certificates of Ukraine for Marks for Goods and Services”, “Information on the Well-Known Marks in Ukraine”, “Information on the Marks Registered According to the Madrid Agreement on the International Registration of Marks and/or the Protocol to the Madrid Agreement on the International Registration of Marks that were Granted Protection in Ukraine”, “Color Representations of Marks for Goods and Services”, Indexes to each chapter and “Notifications” chapter.
The Bulletin is published both on paper and on optical discs with the same frequency.
Besides, the national CD-ROM “Marks for Goods and Services Registered in Ukraine” containing information on marks for goods and services is also published. In 2007 it was delivered to 24 organizations of Ukraine.
The cumulative optical DVD “Marks for Goods and Services Registered in Ukraine” is also issued by the State Enterprise “Ukrainian Industrial Property Institute” (Institute). It contains information on all the registrations of marks for goods and services recorded in Ukraine beginning from January 1993 and up till the completion of the current registration.
The official web-sites of the State Department of Intellectual Property (State Department) (http://www.sdip.gov.ua) and the Institute (http://www.ukrpatent.org) contain a number of databases (DBs) and information and reference systems (IRS) on marks for goods and services:
- interactive DBs: “Electronic Version of the Official Bulletin “Promyslova Vlasnist”; “Marks for Goods and Services Registered in Ukraine”; "Information about International Registration of Marks Legally Protected in Ukraine"; “Information about Well-Known Marks in Ukraine”, "Information about Marks for Goods and Services the Certificates for Which Have Lost Effect or Have Been Invalidated";
- interactive IRS "Information about the Proceeding State of Applications for Marks for Goods and Services".
Information concerning marks for goods and services is published in the following scope: bibliographical data, images of marks, indexes and notifications. Notifications contain information about the legal status of a mark, transfer of rights and license contract, change of name, title and/or address.
In 2007 the methodological manual “Drafting and Filing Applications for a Certificate of Ukraine for a Mark for Goods and Services” was corrected, updated in view of the changes that took place in the industrial property regulatory and legal framework, and re-published. This publication first saw the light in 2006.

Mass storage media and microforms used

The mass storage media for information about marks for goods and services in the Institute are servers of electronic databases. To ensure safe storage of backup copies, a scaled highly productive data storage system NAS (Network Attached System) was created. Information is stored on disc RAID arrays (Storage). Backup copies of data on DVDs and magnetic tapes are produced for long-term storage.

Word processing and office automation

The whole set of procedures connected with text processing and automation of processing applications for marks for goods and services was carried out by the tools of the automated system (AS) “Marks for Goods and Services”.

Techniques used for the generation of trademark information (printing, recording, photocomposing, etc.)

The data arrays for publication are formed by a specialized workstation at the editorial division of the Institute. The prepared layout of the publication is forwarded to the printing office for replication.

URLs of web pages of the Office’s website that provide access to online trademark gazettes and to other sources of trademark information, including download of bulk trademark data

http://www.ukrpatent.org/en/bases.html
http://www.ukrpatent.org/en/publications.html
http://www.sdip.gov.ua/eng/information/

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

Classification and reclassification activities; Classification systems used, e.g., International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification), International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks (Vienna Classification), other classification (please indicate whether goods and services for the registration of marks and whether the figurative elements of marks are classified by your Office and, if so, which classification(s) is (are) used)

In 2007 the Ukrainian language version of the Nice Classification (9th edition) was used for classifying marks for goods and services. The Ukrainian language version of the Vienna Classification (5th edition) was used for classifying figurative elements of marks.
In the AS “Marks for Goods and Services” a software system for checking the classification symbols is in operation. The system includes reference lists of the classification scheme and a specialized software for checking the classification symbols.

Obligation for applicants to use pre-defined terms of the classification applied

Processing of the bibliographical data during input into the database is made by the software tools. The structure of the database allows storage of all bibliographical data and provides wide opportunities for searching.

IV. Trademark manual search file establishment and upkeep

The search file for marks for goods and services comprises the database of the AS “Marks for Goods and Services” and the database of the international registrations data ROMARIN on CD-ROM.

V. Activities in the field of computerized trademark search systems

In-house systems (online/offline)

The in-house computerized search systems for marks comprise the search systems of the AS “Marks for Goods and Services”, “Input Applications Register”, the centralized database “International Marks Received from the International Bureau of WIPO”, the AS “Indicators”.

In 2007 a project of modernisation of the automated system (AS) “Marks for Goods and Services” was initiated. Its ultimate goal is:
1) to create a single integrated reference and search system to provide a unified access to the heterogeneous information sources used in the process of examination of applications for marks for goods and services;
2) to create a system of search and recognition of images of marks for goods and services.

External databases

The external databases comprise:
- DB “Marks for Goods and Services Registered in Ukraine”;
- DB “Information about Well-Known Marks in Ukraine”;
- DB “Information on the International Registration of Marks Legally Protected in Ukraine”;
- “Information on the Marks for Goods and Services the Certificates for which Have Expired or Have Been Invalidated”;
- IRS “Information on the Proceeding State of Applications for Marks for Goods and Services”;
- IRS "International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (the Nice Classification). Eighth Edition";
- IRS "International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (the Nice Classification). Ninth Edition";
- IRS "International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks (Vienna Classification). Sixth Edition"

The mentioned databases and information and reference systems are connected to the Internet.

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

The AS “Marks for Goods and Services” functions in the environment of the local computer network operated by OS Windows 2003 server.
The AS software is designed according to the Client-Server technology and placed on Compaq ProLiant ML570 server (4x900Mhz, Xeon, 8Gb RAM). DBMS – MS SQL Server Standard Edition 2005.

VI. Administration of trademark information products and 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)

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

At the Public Patent Documentation Collection (PPDC) the users had access to information on marks published in the Official Bulletin “Promyslova Vlasnist” (Book 2) and the Official Bulletins of 43 foreign countries and WIPO.
The information services from the interactive database “Marks for Goods and Services” are made available for the general public via the Internet on the contractual basis. The operative search of information in this database is supported by the search engine conducting the following kinds of search on request of the user: subject (thematic) search, name search, number search, keyword search.
The services of the Internet-based databases “Information about Well-Known Marks in Ukraine” and “Information on the International Registration of Marks Legally Protected in Ukraine” are free of charge.
The web-sites of the State Department (http://www.sdip.gov.ua) and the Institute (http://www.ukrpatent.org) also contain the following information and reference systems:
- ІRS "Information about the Proceeding State of Applications for Marks for Goods and Services";
- IRS "International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (the Nice Classification). Eighth Edition";
- IRS "International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (the Nice Classification). Ninth Edition";
IRS "International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks (Vienna Classification). Sixth Edition".

URLs of web pages of the Office’s website that provide information on business procedures such as: filing, publication, examination and registration procedures related to trademarks; opposition and appeal procedures related to trademarks; etc.

http://www.ukrpatent.org/ua/signs.html;
http://www.ukrpatent.org/ua/acts.html

URLs of web pages of the Office’s website that provide a description of information products and services offered by the Office (e.g., trademark search service(s) and trademark databases), as well as information on how to access and utilize them

http://www.ukrpatent.org/en/publications.html
http://www.ukrpatent.org/en/bases.html,
http://www.ip-centr.kiev.ua/newcipip/head_page_large.jsp

VII. Matters concerning mutual exchange of trademark documentation and information

In 2007, in the framework of international exchange, the trademark bulletins from 29 Offices and the TRACES CD-ROM containing information on the marks registered in the countries of the Central and Eastern Europe were received. Our exchange partners were supplied with the Official Bulletin “Promyslova Vlasnist” on CD-ROM.

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)

In the year under review the educational institutions in Ukraine continued training, upgrading and improvement of qualification of specialists in the sphere of intellectual property. An indicative event of 2007 was the conversion of the closed joint-stock company “Institute of Intellectual Property and Law” into the State Institute of Intellectual Property (SIIP). The SIIP structure provides for training and improvement of qualification of specialists in three specialties of the specific categories: intellectual property, consolidated information, innovative activities management.
By the decision of the State Accreditation Commission of 27 November 2007 SIIP was accredited the IV (highest) accreditation level. Licenses for master training and improvement of qualification of specialists in “Intellectual Property” specialty were obtained. In 2007, 67 specialists and 46 masters in “Intellectual Property” specialty were trained.
In 2007, the SIIP conducted the courses of basic training for intellectual property rights evaluators (6 persons were granted certificates), courses of improvement of qualification for managers according to the programme “Practical Aspects of Intellectual Property Management at Enterprises”. During 2007, the State Department jointly with the SIIP organized courses of improvement of qualification in the intellectual property field for 11 members of scientific and pedagogical staff of the higher education institutions. Together with the Ukrainian Scientific and Technical Centre and the “Kharkiv Technologies” Centre, a training course “Technological Management: Commercialization of the Results of Scientific Activities in Scientific and Research Institutes” for scientists of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (30 persons) was held on the basis of the Institute. A similar training was provided to the scientists of the National Academy of Georgia and the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan. As much as 421 persons took part in conferences, courses, seminars and trainings organized and held by the Institute in 2007.
To satisfy its own needs as well as requests of other higher educational institutions of Ukraine which train specialists and masters in specialty “Intellectual Property”, the SIIP published nearly 7000 copies of textbooks (14 titles). In 2007 the concept of the study subject “Intellectual Property Basics” for pupils of the 10th grade of different types of comprehensive educational institutions and students of higher educational institutions of the 1st and the 2nd levels of accreditation was developed. The concept was approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and sanctioned for publishing as a textbook.
The government order for training specialists in specialty “Intellectual Property” of specialist’s and master’s degree in 2007 amounted to 72 specialists and 100 masters. The order was issued to 9 higher educational institutions of Ukraine.
In 2007 the State Department held over 25 seminars and conferences on the current problems related to the acquisition, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights, including the XI International Scientific and Practical Conference “Current Problems of Intellectual Property” (with participants from Ukraine, the Republic of Belarus, Lithuania, the Republic of Moldova, Germany, the Republic of Poland, the Russian Federation, Romania, Hungary, the USA, as well as the international organizations – WIPO, the EPO, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the Central and Eastern European Copyright Alliance (CEECA, Budapest) - over 250 persons all in all; “Intellectual Property as an Economic Development Tool”; “The VII All-Ukrainian Scientific and Practical Conference “Issues of Training Intellectual Property Specialists in Ukraine”; All-Ukrainian conference dedicated to the Inventor’s Day “Place of Inventor and Innovator in the Ukrainian Society“; training seminars “Commercialization of Intellectual Property Rights”, “Peculiarities of Intellectual Property Rights Examination” and “Organization of Activity of Intellectual Property Divisions in Higher Education Institutions” (for scientific as well as scientific and pedagogical staff of the higher education institutions of the III – IV levels of accreditation) and others. During the year the State Department also organized regional conferences and seminars on intellectual property matters for educational institutions, students, managers of enterprises, institutions and organizations, representatives of regional and district state administrations, enterprises, scientific institutions and organizations.
The State Department gives special attention to encouraging creativity. In particular, to ensure a thorough support for the gifted youth, the State Department yearly takes part in and provides sponsorship for holding a Week of all-Ukrainian and international scientific and educational projects “Ukraine-Europe-World”. Within the framework of the above-mentioned week the all-Ukrainian young innovators and inventors contest “Nature-Person-Industry-Ecology” and all-Ukrainian championship in information technologies “Ecosoft -2007” took place from February 28 to March 4, 2007.
In April 2007 the exhibition centre “KyivExpoPlaza” hosted the III International exhibition “Inventions and Innovations”, organized within the framework of the Week of industrial technologies. The presentation of the innovative developments of the exhibition participants and the “Invention-2006” contest winners was highly successful. During the exhibition hours a ceremony of awarding the winners of the yearly all-Ukrainian contests of inventive activity “Invention-2006” and the competition for the WIPO awards for innovative companies with participants coming from all Ukrainian regions was held. The WIPO awards presentation took place in September during the Inventor and Innovator Day celebration.
It is notable that in 2007 the State Department carried out a significant work on training and improvement of qualification of intellectual property specialists, creativity encouragement etc. Detailed information on this aspect of the State Department’s activity can be found in the respective chapter of the “Annual Report of the State Department – 2007”, which can be accessed at:
http://www.sdip.gov.ua/t/docman/binary/eng.pdf

During 2007 the publication of the monthly scientific and practical journal “Intelectualna Vlasnist’” (“Intellectual Property”) continued. The journal deals with the theoretical and practical problems of the legal protection of intellectual property rights, industrial designs in particular. Current information on the news in the sphere of intellectual property, the contents of the coming issue of the journal etc. are posted on the web-site of the journal at http://www.intelvlas.com.ua.

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

http://www.sdip.gov.ua/eng/laws/;
http://www.ukrpatent.org/en/legistation.html;
http://www.sdip.gov.ua/eng/about/Stateng/zvit3/;
http://www.sdip.gov.ua/eng/;
http://www.ukrpatent.org/en/index.html;
http://www.ip-centr.kiev.ua/newcipip/head_page_large.jsp

X. Other relevant matters