Database Management for the International Classifications
Continued work on the upgrading of the IPC Database Management System IPCIS, with a contractor.
Preparatory Work for the SCIT and the Creation of a Prototype of IPDL:
Initiated a prototype WIPO IPDL development in January 1998, and created a system to provide searchable access to the first page data of published PCT international applications. The development and successful launching of this service on April 2, 1998, also satisfied WIPO’s objective to provide the PCT Gazette in electronic form. While the launch was the result of coordinated efforts between the Inter-Office Information Services Department, PCT Office (Program 13), Office of Global Communications and Public Diplomacy (Program 05), and the IT Department (Program 12), resources allocated under program 12.2 allowed IOISD to manage the ongoing operation, including administrative support for the weekly updating of the database and the provision of an e-mail based help-desk service.
In the first two months of operation to the end of May 1998, there were some quarter of a million (250,000) database accesses with usage increasing by 10 percent per week. The information available covered first page data from April 2 to May 31, 1998. By the end of May 1998, some 100 e-mails were received and replied to by the help-desk, asking advice as to how best to use the search facilities.
The IPDL will be expanded to include the full text of recently published PCT pamphlets and other intellectual property information, such as the possible provision of Madrid international registrations data, for user search and retrieval via the Internet.
The changes should make the Nice Classification more up-to-date and user-friendly when they enter into force on January 1, 2002. In addition, the Locarno Classification should become more up-to-date and user-friendly.
The WIPO IPDL resulted in the provision of useful information very cheaply and rapidly. It is destined to become a major component of the Global Information Network.
Publication of the International Classifications, WIPO Standards and Other Reference Material on CD-ROM and on the Internet:
Reduced the price of the IPC:CLASS CD-ROM from 900 Sfr. to 100 Sfr., in line with the WIPO’s dissemination policy adopted at the IPC Union Assembly in September 1997, thereby increasing its accessibility at a reasonable cost.
Began preparatory work on the NIVILO CD-ROM to publish the authentic (English and French) versions of the current editions of the Nice, Vienna, and Locarno Classifications on CD-ROM.
Uploaded the IPC, Nice, Vienna, and Locarno Classifications on the WIPO web site, and the Classifications were made available to the public via the Internet for free access, search, and downloading.