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WIPO Standards

Completed the WIPO Handbook on Industrial Property Information and Documentation on CD-ROM to be distributed by the end of June 1998.  The WIPO Handbook in English, French, and Spanish is the authoritative source for all WIPO Standards and provides comprehensive information on various matters regarding patents, trademarks and industrial designs.

Continued the availability of Standards and other important material on WIPO’s web site. At end of May 1998.  The inventory of patent documents according to PCT became available as well as other useful information. WIPO Standards were translated into Russian for the first time in and will be published by the end of September 1998 on paper and CD-ROM.

Industrial Property Statistics

Published and issued the final 1995 statistics for the first time on CD-ROM.  The CD-ROM was an alternative means of distribution of the annual statistics questionnaires in paper form and  allowed national offices to provide their data to the Secretariat in electronic rather than paper format.  Extracts from 1995 Publication B were also uploaded on the WIPO web site.

Began processing the 1996 statistical returns which were received from some 400 returns representing 5,300 pages of data.  By issuing the questionnaires on CD-ROM the need for paper issue was eliminated (9,000 paper pages to the 240 industrial property offices and other administrations mailed to each year in the past).

Journal of Patent Associated Literature (JOPAL)

Receipt of office contributions continued at an annual average of 5,000 - 6,000 article references.  The final DOS version of the JOPAL CD-ROM product covering 1981 to 1997 was scheduled for issue in June 1998.  A review of publication options was included for consideration in the second half of 1998.

Results

The wider acceptance and use of the products in question.

Cost reductions and simpler and faster processing of the very useful data.

Sub-program 12.3

Standing Committee on Information Technologies (SCIT)

Main Activities and Results

Completed preparatory work for the first Plenary session of the SCIT to be held in June.  (See under sub-program 12.1)

Sub-program 12.4

Internal Network Services

Main Activities

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