|Maintenance and development of the regional Eurasian patent-information system (EAPATIS). The EAPATIS is the first regional patent-information system in the post-Soviet space, which represents the world, regional and national patent-information re-sources. Its elaboration began in the Eurasian Office in 1998. In 2000 the Eurasian Office introduced a local version of the system into commercial operation. In 2003 an access to the system was granted to national patent offices of the EAPO Contracting States via the internet, and since 2005 to patent offices of the Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Georgia. Eura-sian patent attorneys received access to the system since May 2005, and the third parties - since October 2005 from the EAPO web site.
Commercial operation of the EAPATIS in the Eurasian region began virtually from 2004. Examiners and specialists of national patent offices received a full-scale access to a huge volume of patent documents. The introduction of the EAPATIS in the Eurasian region permitted to reduce the acuteness of the problem of information provi-sion of examination in patent offices of sovereign countries.
The EAPATIS realizes the principle of a "single window" when a user enjoys the opportunity of simultaneous access and search both in local and external DB, without knowing search interfaces of the latter. The system has a "user-friendly" interface due to the developed control system of enquiries, prompts, the availability of detailed regulations and methodological materials.
In 2005 the EAPATIS received more than 380000 search enquiries from the Eura-sian Office examiners and national patent offices, and more than 90000 documents were reviewed. As compared to 2004 (onset of commercial operation of the system in the internet), 2005 demonstrated more than a threefold increase in the number of users' enquiries. More than a thousand examiners of national patent offices, including patent offices of the Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Georgia were connected to the system. The biggest number of enquiries was received from patent offices of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
A further development of the EAPATIS is related to an increase in the number of persons with an access to information resources of the system.
IPDL HIVE system. The system supports publication process and own patent fund processing in EAPO. It offers reliable storage of all materials used for publication, auto-mation of the most of publication tasks, structured access to the stored patent information via client software or Web interface, multiplex search in bibliographic data and full texts considering languages morphology (Russian and English) and provides statistics on documents stored and on publication process.
Equipment and software used: Intel-based server CPU 2xXeon 3200MHz, RAM 4 GB; Windown 2000 Server (Russian version), IBM DB2, IBM WebSphere Portal, IBM Content Manager.
EAPO examiners are using test access to EPOQUE-BNS search and retrieval system via Patnet provided by the European Patent Office.
EAPO employees widely use Internet resources at their desktops for carrying out searches in databases supported by other patent offices (WIPO, European Patent Office, Canada, Australia, Japan, United States of America and others).
All described services are accessed via local area network (Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps, 102 PCs, 53 personal/network printers). Internet connection: 1024 kbps fibre-optic line.
Administrative information system. Basic attention in 2005 was paid to the creation of conditions for introducing EPTOS development projects (electronic files, electronic payments, CS-soprano, electronic filing, etc.), or a similar EPTOS system; web portal; the electronic record keeping system; electronic exchange with WIPO; integration of accounting software with the record keeping system; development of it, permitting to simplify the work with applicants, patent attorneys and inventors. Taking into consideration time constrains of submitting the Eurasian Office back files of reclassified documents to the EPO, and the pendency of the Eurasian Office involvement in the CS SOPRANO project, a decision was taken to begin, on its own, the development of software-engineering instruments, supporting at the minimum, the creation and submission of the Eurasian Office back files of reclassified documents to the EPO, and at the maximum, full support of the IPC reformed symbols, including their transmission by standard 6.
Two methods of realizing this software complex were used - within the CS and/or as a separate software instrument; on December 1, 2005 they were put into operation in the Eurasian Office. Support modules of IPC 2006 in the AIS CS have been elaborated. The software, prepared in the Eurasian Office in conformity with the IPC Reform, was integrated with the upgraded AIS CS versions.
The composition of information in publication modules was determined, and amend-ments and supplements were made under the IPC Reform. Formats have been worked out for introducing IPC-2006 symbols into the Eurasian Office publications, supported by the Procedure Automation Department. The composition of information was determined, and amendments and supplements were made in compliance with the IPC Reform. The up-grading of software modules began for the uploading of information in the internet. Stan-dard 6 was introduced jointly with information departments of the Eurasian Office for an exchange of patent information (support of IPC-2006 symbols), and the mechanism of receipt and uploading of MCD information in the AIS CS was worked through. It began an electronic exchange of patent information with the WIPO International Bureau under the impact and PCT-EDI projects.
The completeness of submitting the Eurasian Office patent information to MCD was studied in detail. The Eurasian Office attended the EPO activities, dedicated to the development of the IPC Reform, introduction into the Eurasian Office of the SOPRANO pro-ject, as part and parcel of the EPTOS project; and participated in working through the technical issues of information exchange with MCD. The Eurasian Office studied in depth migration of databases from the CS information medium to the EPTOS-SOPRANO, and also reclassification of IPC symbols in future AMCEPTOS-SOPRANO versions jointly with Jouve company. It also participated in Jouve actions, dedicated to the development of the IPC Reform.