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Registration Activity

1997

(Jan. to May)

1998

(Jan. to May)

1998

(5/12th)

Actual

Actual

Projected

Total:  Registrations and renewals

9,946

10,367

10,500

International registrations

7,877

7,993

8,417

Renewals

2,069

2,374

2,083

Subsequent designations

2,706

2,687

2,916

Other changes

26,031

18,036

21,875

Refusals and notifications subsequent to a refusal

21,487

24,242

22,917

Invalidations

642

638

833

This table shows that about 1.5 percent more registrations were effected in the first five months of 1998 than in the first five months of 1997.  However, this was some 5 percent less than expected.  This lower number of expected registrations was compensated to a large extent by a higher than expected number of renewals.

Sub-program 14.2

Automation of the Madrid System

Main Activities and Results

The maintenance of the MAPS system was the major activity of the staff assigned to the Trademark Computerization Section. Specifications for the tendering of the upgrading of the Document Image Processing sub-system of MAPS and of the redevelopment of the optical disk archiving sub-system (MINOS) were completed.

Developed electronic communications with Offices of Contracting Parties of the Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol.  With the close cooperation of the Intellectual Property Institute of Switzerland, a format is being defined for the transmission of data from Offices of Contracting Parties to the Secretariat and vice versa.  Notifications continued to be supplied in electronic form to the Offices of Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and to the Benelux Trademark Office.

The ROMARIN CD-ROM which gives general access to data contained in the International Register, continued to be issued every four weeks.  Work was in progress to put on the Internet the bibliographic data and, as applicable, figurative elements of international applications not yet registered and international registrations not yet published on ROMARIN.

Sub-program 14.3

Legal Information and Development of the Madrid System;  Training and Promotion Services

Main Activities

WIPO conducted two seminars on procedures under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol, each attended by 53 participants from 23 countries. Participants were primarily from

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