Provision of Intellectual Property Information Services
Main Activities and Results
Finalized a new WIPO Standard ST.25 “Standard for the Presentation of Nucleotide and Amino Acid Sequence Listings in Patent Applications” at the 22nd session of the PCIPI Executive Coordination Committee, in May 1998. ST.25 is based on the procedure and rules applicable to PCT international applications and replaces Standards ST.23 and ST.24, which provide guidance for the filing of sequence listings in paper and computer-readable form, respectively.
Completed the revision of three WIPO Standards, namely, ST.3 (Two-letter country codes), ST.50 (Corrections relating to patent documents) and ST.60 (INID codes for trademarks). These revisions would thereby promote an unambiguous and uniform presentation of data contained in patent documentation.
Adopted amendments to the sixth edition of the International Patent Classification, affecting 80 classes and subclasses in March 1998. The IPC Committee of Experts approved the guidelines for the introduction of new catchwords and catchword phrases in the official catchword indexes to the IPC, creating another tool for accessing the classification itself.
Prepared for the 21st session of the PCIPI Working Group on Search Information in June 1998, to consider IPC revision projects for the seventh edition of the IPC which would enter into force on January 1, 2000. All project files were posted by the International Bureau on the WIPO Web site thus facilitating and accelerating the revision work.
Prepared a draft revision of the Guide to the IPC for the Secretariat, which represented the code of principles and rules of the IPC, and provided industrial property offices with the information material needed for the updating of IPC references and subclass indexes in the new edition of the IPC.
The above activities advanced work on the Seventh edition of the IPC and further harmonized and facilitated use of the Classification.
The Preparatory Working Group of the Committee of Experts of the Nice Classification held its eighteenth session in Geneva in May 1998, and approved a number of changes to the Nice Classification, which will be forwarded to the next session of the Committee of Experts of the Nice Union for adoption.
The Committee of Experts of the International Classification for Industrial Designs (Locarno Agreement) held its seventh session in February 1998, and adopted a number of amendments or additions to the Classification, which would be introduced into the seventh edition for its entry into force on January 1, 1999.