|Training courses (foreign participants):
Delegations of the patent offices of China, Turkey and Romania visited the Austrian Patent Office for the exchange of experience and for training purposes in the fields of patent examination, trademark registration and information activities. In the context of a European Union program for public service members in the adhering countries, a legal expert of the Marshal Office of the Voivodship Malopolska in Krakow, Poland, attended a practical course in the Austrian Patent Office.
Experts of the Austrian Patent Office were also sent to other patent offices. Two teams of experts for the topics of information activities as well as dispute proceedings and protection for biotechnological inventions visited the patent office of the People's Republic of China. An expert mission was sent to the patent office of the Gulf States in Riyadh.
Training courses (national participants):
One of the seminar series for SMEs concerned introduction seminars, where an overview of the industrial property rights was presented. The second seminar series dealt with special topics, e.g. software protection, trademark information, trademark protection in Austria and abroad, and were arranged under consultation of external experts in the respective area. Altogether about 1.500 participants were trained in 51 training courses.
Furthermore, a discussion forum for a practice-oriented exchange of experience between specialized technical examiners and representatives of the applicants with the goal of improved legal security and faster procedural sequences was established in the year 2002. The first meeting was dedicated to the topic of supplementary protection certificates.
Assistance to developing countries:
The participants in the WIPO/Austria training course 2002 came from Armenia, Cambodia, Mongolia, Trinidad, Tobago and Zambia. The Austrian Patent Office has been participating in the examination of patent applications, which were submitted in patent offices of developing countries on the basis of an agreement with WIPO. 70 applications were transferred for treatment to the Austrian office in the context of this "International Co-operation for Search and Examination of Inventions" (ICSEI) project in the year under report.
The Austrian Patent Office held a two-week seminar on patents, post grant procedures, information and training activities in China.
The contacts were further extended by numerous work discussions at office head level. The head of the Intellectual Property Office of the Slovak Republic, the Director of the Institute for the Protection of Intellectual Property of Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as the President of the Hungarian Patent Office, stayed in Vienna for further co-operation with regard to the exchange of experience and for discussions.
The President of the Austrian Patent Office visited the patent offices of Latvia, Spain, Hungary and the Federal Republic of Germany.
It was possible to organise the 12th conference of the joint Austrian-Chinese working group for intellectual property affairs in the Austrian Patent Office in November 2002.
Further, a delegation from Armenia, consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Treasury, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the central bank, was informed about the Austrian Patent Office and its tasks. A delegation of the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Korea was informed about dispute proceedings as well as the means of redress concerning intellectual property protection in Austria.
A three-day seminar with patent attorneys and members of the Austrian Industry as the main target group was organized by WIPO at the Austrian Patent Office
The Austrian Patent Office was represented in the year 2002 at eight fairs. In order to optimise the offered information, the fair participations of the Austrian Patent Office are frequently organised in co-operation with other patent offices with joint information stands.