WIPO Launches Online Dashboard to Monitor Operations by March, 20202020-04-29

On 15 April, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) unveiled a new online dashboard that allows member state representatives and other stakeholders to monitor the Organization's operations during the Covid-19 pandemic. The new, web-based and publicly available, WIPO Crisis Management Dashboard will provide a view of the evolution of WIPO's global intellectual property (IP) services and its financial performance on a month‑by‑month basis.

 

Filing Activities (as at filing date at National IP Offices)

 

2020/21

Estimates

Jan-Mar 2020

Target

Actual

as % of Target

PCT: International Applications

594,900

67,500

56,143

83%

Madrid: Applications

136,000

16,650

12,947

78%

Hague: Applications

15,340

1,835

1,599

87%

 

According to the released data, the actual number of IP applications from January to March 2020 did not reach the expected level, but still increased compared to the same period in 2019. There were 56,143 PCT patent applications for, accounting for 83% of the expected number. Compared with the same period, the number of applications in January-February was the same as that in 2019, and the number of applications in March increased significantly.

The international trademark applications through Madrid system were 12,947, accounting for 78% of the expected number. Compared with the same period, the number of trademark applications for registration in January was the same as that in 2019, and there was a significant increase in February and March.

The international design applications through Hague System were1,599, accounting for 87% of the expected number. Compared with the same period, January and March both showed an increase compared with 2019, while February showed a slight decrease.

Affected by the epidemic, 96% of WIPO's employees now work remotely, which has a slight impact on the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) system, the Madrid system for international registration of trademarks, the Hague system for international registration of Industrial Designs and related financial services, but the overall operation efficiency remains above 90%.

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, WIPO has advised PCT applicants the following:

1. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the operations of the International Bureau and of postal systems worldwide, the International Bureau, also in its function as receiving Office, has  suspended the sending of PCT documents (e.g. PCT Forms, letters) on paper. Until further notice, the International Bureau will transmit documents only via email in order to use reliable means for correspondence with applicants and agents. Please note that PCT-related documents in relation to individual applications are visible through ePCT or, after international publication, on PATENTSCOPE.

2. In the view of the International Bureau of WIPO, PCT Rule 82quater.1 of the Regulations under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applies in the current circumstance of global COVID-19 disruption. The International Bureau of WIPO, including in its role as receiving Office, will treat favorably any PCT Rule 82quater request made citing COVID-19 related issues and not require evidence to be provided that the virus affected the locality in which the interested party resides.  The International Bureau of WIPO urges PCT Offices and Authorities to do likewise.

 

Source: WIPO

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