There was more efficient monitoring of deadlines and the manual sorting of batch forms for printing was reduced.
On-line information exchange eliminated double data-entry using information exchange for PCT fee information between CASPIA and the FINAUT financial system, and fee information between the CASPRO Receiving Office system and CASPIA.
Improved dissemination of PCT pamphlet information and reduced the number of paper sets produced, reduced lead times for ESPACE WORLD CD ROM production from two months to one week after the publication date and created the possibility of printing Rule 87 pamphlets in sets, thus eliminating manual sorting.
New, simplified and more efficient production of the PCT bilingual gazette (and associated PCT electronic gazette on the Internet).
Legal Information and Development of the PCT System; Training and Promotion Services
Provided seminars, training sessions, advice, and assistance to developing countries.
Proposed modifications and extensions of the PCT legal and procedural framework.
Revised, republished, and updated PCT publications to reflect the recent amendments to the PCT Regulations
Coordinated the activities of PCT Offices and Authorities through consultations with the International Authorities and the training of officials. Two sessions of a program of in-house training were given to staff of the Office of the PCT.
Held 43 PCT seminars (both basic and advanced levels), presentations, visits to users, and roundtable discussions in 12 countries, that were attended by 1800 participants; two training sessions were held in Geneva for four trainees from two countries. This dissemination of information about the PCT is one of the factors contributing to the 27 percent increase in the filing of international applications, compared with the same period last year. Prepared and published one special issue of the PCT Gazette, in addition to the regular publication of updating material of a general nature in 18 ordinary issues. The January 1998 update (500-plus pages) of the PCT Applicant’s Guide was issued, as well as five issues of the PCT Newsletter.
Promoted accessions to the PCT in discussions held with officials from six countries. The results of promotion efforts can be seen in the accession of two new States, Croatia and Cyprus, during the period. Additional materials are being developed with special relevance to developing countries, including documents on PCT usefulness and a study analyzing the use of PCT in developing countries.
Revised and commenced re-publication of the main PCT texts (Treaty and Regulations, Administrative Instructions, PCT Receiving Office, International Search and International Preliminary Examination Guidelines and PCT Forms) to implement the recent amendments to the PCT Regulations which enter into force on July 1, 1998,
Began drafting of Administrative Instructions to implement electronic filing options.
Proposed and discussed at various meetings and seminars the introduction of a PCT patent.