Annual Technical Report 2011 on Industrial Design Information Activities submitted by Czech Republic (CWS/ATR/ID/2011/CZ)
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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
National design application 392 in 2011 - 14% compared to 2010 (457)
- submitted by domestic applicants 378 in 2011 - 15% compared to 2010 (443)
- submitted by foreign applicants 14 in 2011 0 % compared to 2010 (14)
- number of designs contained 1238 in 2011 - 15% compared to 2010 (1460)
Designs registrations 238 in 2011 - 8% compared to 2010 (259)
- domestic applicants 232 in 2011 - 5% compared to 2010 (244)
- foreign applicants 6 in 2011 - 60 % compared to 2010 (15)
- number of designs contained 826 in 2011 + 5% compared to 2010 (786)
Trends or areas experiencing rapid changes with respect to the previous year
The number of applications and designs filed had been declining in long term until 2008. The trend reversed in 2009. But in 2011 the number of applications dropped by 14 %, compared to 2010, the number of national applications dropped by 15 % and the number of designs contained in these applications dropped by 15%, compared to 2010. The number of designs registrations dropped by 8 % compared to 2010. The number of designs contained in registrations raised by 5 %, compared to 2010.
URLs of web pages of the Office’s website that provide statistics related to industrial designs
Since 2000 the Annual Reports and statistics have been available at the Office’s website:
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 Bulletin URL:
The public database URL:
III. Matters concerning classifying, reclassifying and indexing of industrial design information according to the classification systems applied
The Office provides publicly free access to the database comprising the data concerning the Czech national registered industrial designs at the IPO CZ website http://www.upv.cz/en/provided-services/online-databases/industrial-design-databases.html.
The Office and users can also perform searches in the public accessible databases provided freely on the Internet by the other national offices. The Office regularly uses also the “RCD Online” database (maintained by OHIM) which provide access to the registered Community designs and the “Hague Express” database (maintained by WIPO) which contains the international industrial designs. The links to these databases are provided at the Office´s web site (http://www.upv.cz/en.html).
Administrative management systems (e.g., register, legal status, statistics and administrative support)
Applications for design registration can be filed by post, in person, by fax, via data box or electronically (with electronic signature) to the Office. Wide range of other communications may be submitted electronically via user-friendly interface.
Bibliographic details of applications are entered into SyPP manually if the application is filed in paper or automatically if the application is filed via online filing facility. The applicants receive confirmation of filing via post upon their request or electronically if application is filed online. The application file can be inspected after publishing the registration via the Office´s web site (URL:
Collection management, preservation
Extended safety is secured via SSL.
Backing up of data changes is done twice a week. Full back up of data is on weekly basis. Backed up files are preserved for 4 weeks.
Information services available to the public (including computerized services and search files contained in libraries remote from your Office and industrial design information posted by your Office on the World Wide Web)
The information centre and help desk operate during the working days. They provide the public with general information concerning design protection.
The industrial design collections and the Internet access are available in the public reading room of the Office´s library. The public reading room staff carries out personal assistance and consultations.
The Office´s web site provides wide range of information including basic information on IP rights, filing and registration instructions, fee information and full texts of legal documents. All valid forms are printable. An interactive facility for filing applications and submitting other communications to the Office is available online. Entries can be downloaded and stored. The facility requires electronic authorized certificate, which substitute signature.
The Office provides full range of brochures and guides free of charge. They can be downloaded in PDF format from the Office´s web site, picked up in the office headquarters or sent upon request. The Office publishes its own books and the Industrial Property Journal (6 issues per year) reflecting the current issues of IP rights.
The Office provides searches on commercial basis.
URLs of web pages of the Office's website for electronic filing of industrial design applications
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 industrial designs; opposition and appeal procedures related to industrial designs; etc.
Protection of Industrial Designs:
ACT No. 207/2000 Coll. of 21 June 2000, on the Protection of Industrial Designs:
URLs of web pages of the Office’s website that provide a description of information products and services offered by the Office (e.g., industrial design search service(s) and industrial design databases), as well as information on how to access and utilize them
The Office web site:
Information on Services:
Industrial Designs Databases:
Classification of Industrial Designs:
VII. Matters concerning mutual exchange of industrial design documentation and information
The last paper series were provided in 2007 since the Official Bulletin of the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic is published exclusively in electronic form on weekly bases as of the beginning 2007. The paper version has been discontinued.
Electronic version of the Official Bulletin is accessible at the Office´s web site:
Exchange of machine-readable information, e.g., data contained on CD-ROM or magnetic tape
The Office presented its information activities and products at the following exhibitions and trade fairs:
International Engineering Fair (Brno, CZ)
FOR INDUSTRY 2011 (Prague, CZ)
TENDENCE 2011 (Prague, CZ)
AMPER 2011 (Prague, CZ)
Innovation 2011 (Prague, CZ)
39th International Exhibition of Inventions (Geneva, CH)
IENA - Exhibition of Inventions and Innovations (Nürnberg, DE)
The Industrial Property Journal is published six times a year.
The Office cooperates with Regional Patent Information Centres (PATLIBs) on information product dissemination.
Training courses for national and foreign participants
The Czech IPO regularly organizes wide range of training courses and seminars – such as IP Protection and National (CZ) and International Systems of IP Protection in particular PCT, Intellectual Property Protection in Business (SMEs), Technology Transfer, Enforcement of Intellectual Rights, IP Jurisdiction (administrative and judicial issues), Trademarks and Designs - National and International Legal Protection, Searches in the National and Foreign Patent Databases. All the educational activities are organized for public mainly for students, academic staff of universities, representatives of SMEs or research institutions, IP professionals. University students are also regularly invited for excursions and guided tours in the Office’s premises.
Every year, a two-year course of industrial property rights begins within the Industrial Property Training Institute – Office's own educational facility.
The Office cooperates with Regional Patent Information Centres (PATLIBs) on providing training and education.
Assistance to developing countries (sending consultants and experts, receiving trainees from developing countries, etc.)
X. Other relevant matters