IPC Workshop (2013) - Plans to accelerate revision and ...

IPC Workshop (2013) - Plans to accelerate revision and ...

Plans to Accelerate Revision and Publication Procedure of the IPC IPC Workshop February 2013 Geneva Ning XU IPC Section - WIPO Outline Current IPC Revision Procedure Current IPC Publication Procedure Impact of the Five-Year Plan Proposed Future IPC Revision Procedure Proposed Future IPC Publication Procedure

Current IPC Revision Procedure The responsibility of the IPC revision was given to one unique body (IPC Revision WG) The WG meets twice yearly May / June November / December Current IPC Revision Procedure (cont.) Revision requests from IP5 CHC (F projects) or Trilateral projects (A projects) - automatically included in the IPC revision program with priority. Revision requests from other Offices included with conditions (C projects): Numerical criteria size & growth rate

Commitment to reclassification (PCT Min.) Approval by the CE Current Situation Very few revision requests have been submitted directly to the CE: Only those without need for reclassification - accepted Whereas those creating new subdivisions rejected Currently, no more C revision projects Current Situation The total number of new subdivisions during 2007 to 2013 decreased Cost of Reclassification Reduced expense in Classification by Offices

Distribution of Revision Projects 700 New groups 600 500 C project A project F project 400 300 200 100

0 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 C project

26 67 0 0 0 0 A project 257

442 376 456 471 5 F project 0 0

133 192 146 159 IPC version Current IPC Publication Procedure IPC yearly publication (January 1) Scheme Compilation of amendments Revision Concordance List (RCL) Catchword Index (CI)

IPC Definitions Current IPC Publication Procedure (cont.) Early publication (July 1) Scheme Compilation of amendments Revision Concordance List (RCL) Validity File Possibility to publish twice a year Never requested

Users satisfaction - annual publication Current IPC Publication Procedure (cont.) Final Adoption by the CE (February) One more year between the completion of the work by the WG and the publication WG/May 2013 WG/Nov. 2013 CE /Feb. 2014 EarlyPub

Jul.1,2014 Pub./Jan 2015 Impact of the Five-Year Plan Increased number of revision projects Increased workload of the WG Need to shorten the revision period Needs to involve more Offices in the substantial revision work Proposed Future IPC Revision Procedure The IPC revision procedure will remain unchanged at initial stage The CE will decide next year whether changes are

needed to, e.g.: increase the number of working days of the WG create special Task Forces Proposed Future IPC Revision Procedure (cont.) The responsibility of the IPC revision is given to the WG Revision projects with priority Areas to be revised prioritized to be adopted by the CE Revision requests in these areas directly to the IPC/WG treated with priority

Revision requests in other areas to the IPC/CE with evidence Definitions within the revision projects to be created with conditions Proposed Future IPC Revision Procedure (cont.) The formal adoption of the amendments by the IPC/CE Electronically Immediately after the IPC/WG to be scheduled in early May Proposed Future IPC Publication Procedure Current procedure: WG/May 2013

WG/Nov. 2013 CE /Feb. 2014 EarlyPub Jul.1,2014 Pub./Jan 2015 CE adopt. May 2014

EarlyPub Jul.1,2014 Pub./Jan 2015 Proposed future procedure: reduced by 6 months WG/Nov. 2013 WG/May 2014 Thank you ! IPC Workshop

February 2013 Geneva

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