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Program 12

Global Information Network and Intellectual Property Information Services

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Background

Cooperation between Member States, facilitated by the Permanent Committee for Industrial Property Information (PCIPI), had led to coordinated standards and policies for dissemination of industrial property information and the conversion to electronic carriers for information exchange and storage.  The growing need for automation and modernization of industrial property offices, as well as the impact of the rapid development of information technologies offered fresh opportunities to enhance the international cooperation among intellectual property offices in the Member States through various projects utilizing the WIPO Global Information Network, which was established in March 1998.

Internal information systems within the WIPO Secretariat are now used in virtually all the activities of the Secretariat, both supporting internal operations and for communicating and exchanging information with intellectual property offices.

The PCIPI would be integrated into the Standing Committee on Information Technologies (SCIT) in June.  The Inter-Office Information Services Department (IOISD) serves as Secretariat for the PICPI and, from June, the SCIT Plenary and its Working Groups.

Objectives

Provide an opportunity for communication and cooperation by intellectual property offices and other relevant organizations, as well as the general public.  It will strengthen the collective efforts by Member States to create high-quality, high-value information collections available on the network by the intellectual property community through the intellectual property digital libraries (IPDLs).  It will also provide the general public with access to published intellectual property data.  

Promote the availability and the exchange of intellectual property information for enhancing the worldwide use and dissemination of such information.   Support the provision of intellectual property information on the network with standards relating to the exchange and dissemination of intellectual property data, as well as the retrieval tools for such information.

Sub-program 12.1

Establishment and Operation of a Global Information Network

Main Activities and Results

Began discussions and preparations on the basic design of the Global Information Network and ideas would be submitted for discussions at the first session of the SCIT Plenary that would be held in June.  According to the proposed timetable, the successful bidder for the tender which would be issued, will commence implementation of the design in November 1998.

Sub-program 12.2

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