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International IP registration systems show stability despite COVID-19 pandemic

 

On August 27, Heads of 15 IP Offices, including Rospatent, and Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General, met virtually to discuss upcoming WIPO assemblies and thematic committees sessions scheduled to be held in a hybrid format before the end of this year. The participants also exchanged data on ongoing work and issues.

Francis Gurry reported on the stability of the international registration systems. The number of applications under the Madrid and Hague systems remained at the same level as in the previous year, while applications under the PCT system grew by 3%.

Within the framework of the meeting, Grigory Ivliev, the head of Rospatent, put forward an initiative to discuss ways of speeding-up examination of international applications for inventions related to virus and related disease control technologies.

Background information.

Figures on international registration systems in the Russian Federation for the last 7 months are as follows. The number of PCT applications decreased by 13.4% compared to the same period in 2019. Under the Madrid system, the number of applications received from foreign citizens decreased by 7%, as per the Russian applicants (for the further transmission), the number reduced by 8.9%. The Hague system has shown an 83% increase related to both Russian applicants and the ones with the Russian Federation as a designation office.

Due to the improvement of the epidemiological situation, national applicants are becoming more active - there have been 10,8% more invention applications compared with the corresponding period of 2019.

As of 20 August, 234 applications were submitted for virus and related diseases control inventions and utility models (160 inventions, 74 utility models). 24 patents were granted, including a vaccine patent. With that, the average processing time of the first office action on substantive examination is 22 days.

There has been an increase in the number of industrial design applications (15,3%), trademark applications (4,9%), and a decrease in utility model applications (-12,6 %) and computer programs (-15%).

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