Expected no. of record copies received during 98: 59,000 (24,583)
Expected no. of demands under Chapter II during 98: 44,000 (8,333)
Expected no. of IPERs received during 98: 39,293 (16,372)
Expected no. of designations during 98: 4,400,000 (1,833,333)
Expected Pdocs copies sent to 5 main DOs during 98: 100,962)
Expected no. of pamphlets published during 98: 55,000 (22,916)
Established no. of Gazettes published during 98: 53 (22)
Expected no. of re-publications during 98: 6,715 (2,798)
Expected no. of abstracts translated during 98: 64,204 (26,751) [21,793 E-F]; avg 1210 per Gazette
Expected no. of IPERs translated during 98: 5,443 (2,268)
Expected no. of out-sourced translations into English from Chinese (41 IPERs, 70 abstracts) and Japanese (393 IPERS; 1920 abstracts)
Expected no. of International Applications received at RO/IB during 98: 2200 (917)
16,176 (increase per record copies expected later 98)
21 normal and 1 special Gazette (pre-estab.
2,644 (increase expected later 98)
27,312 (excl. Japanese and Chinese) [18,229 E-F]; avg 1316 per Gazette
4,260 (exclusive of Japanese and Chinese)
Chinese: 46 IPERs, 79 abstracts; Japanese: 364 IPERs; 2,096 abstracts
Automation of the PCT System
Monitored, maintained and improved the efficiency, reliability, and maintainability of existing PCT computer systems;
Implemented new systems and enhanced end-user functionality; implemented measures to ensure the security, authenticity, and integrity of PCT data; streamlined the filing process and subsequent verification of international applications by providing applicants with means for electronic filing and validation; promoted the use of the PCT/EASY electronic filing software.
Maintained the principal PCT information systems (CASPIA/CASPRO/SPIDI) and prepared for Year 2000 consolidation.
Implemented new tools for more efficient monitoring of deadlines.
Implemented a new in-house pamphlet scanning and indexing system (PAMSCAN).
Developed, tested and implemented specific on-line data exchange functions between the International Bureau and the European Patent Office (Form ISA/202).
Promoted PCT EASY electronic filing software, with four missions to six receiving Offices. Two additional missions increased technical cooperation and coordination with the European Patent Office.
Issued a tender for selection of a consultancy firm to assist the International Bureau in conducting the tendering procedure to select the Systems Integrator for the PCT Automation Project.
The printing of batch forms was also reorganized.
Began implementing computer modifications to the PCT Rule changes entering into force in July 1998.