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16 May 2020

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Center of Intellectual Property (hereinafter – NCIP) continues to operate almost at its full capacity, ensuring the protection of intellectual property rights at the proper level, as well as fulfilling the functions of a patent authority. This was facilitated by both timely responses of the management to the situation with COVID-19, and high professionalism of the personnel, despite the fact that some employees were transferred to a distant mode of work.

So, over the four months of 2020, there has been an increase in many key indicators of NCIP activity. In particular, the number of applications for the granting of patents for industrial property objects, registration of trademarks, remuneration collection, and the number of works transferred to the collective management has increased.

Statistics on the Activities of NCIP in the Period January – April 2020.

Collective Management of Economic Rights of Authors and Other Right Holders

During the reporting period January-April 2020 on the territory of the Republic of Belarus, in the interests of authors and right holders, whose rights are managed by NCIP, the sum of authors’ remuneration received totalled 381,753.1 BYN (concert activities), 389,741.9 BYN (IP-TV), 30,213.3 BYN (Internet, other means of communication in the public domain), which is 113.3%, 153.6% and 171% of the amount of remuneration collected for the same period in 2019, respectively

 Type of Use  Jan. – Apr. 2019 Jan. – Apr. 2020  %
 концертное публичное исполнение  336 896,6 BYN  381 753,1 BYN  113,3
 IP-TV  253 785,1 BYN  389 741,9 BYN  153,6
 интернет, иное сообщение для всеобщего сведения  17 664,06 BYN  30 213,3 BYN  171

In January-April 2020, remuneration received from foreign collective management organizations (CMOs) that established relations with NCIP under agreements on mutual representation of interests in favour of the Belarusian authors and right holders who transferred their economic rights to the collective management of NCIP totalled 1,351. 2 BYN, which is 471.5% of the amount of remuneration collected for the same period in 2019.

 Jan. – Apr. 2019  Jan. – Apr. 2020  %
 286,6 BYN  1 351,2 BYN    471,5


Within 4-months period of 2020, data on 3,568 works were added to the database containing information about the rights transferred to the CMO. The dynamics are reflected in Figure 1.

Filing of Applications and Registration of Industrial Property Objects

Inventions

During the period January-April 2020, 129 applications for granting invention patents of the Republic of Belarus were received. That is 100.8% in relation to the number of applications filed during the same period of 2019.

 Jan. – Apr. 2019 Jan. – Apr. 2020  %
 128  129  100,8

At the same time, 24 applications were submitted by foreign applicants, which is 104.3% in relation to the number of applications filed during the same period of 2019.

Jan. – Apr. 2019   Jan. – Apr. 2020   %
     23      24  104,3


Utility Models

In January-April 2020, a total of 114 applications for granting utility model patents were submitted to NCIP. That is 100.9% of the number of applications filed during the same period of 2019.

Jan. – Apr. 2019  Jan. – Apr. 2020   %
113 114  100,9

At the same time, 18 applications were submitted by foreign applicants, which is 128.6% of the number of applications filed during the same period of 2019.

Jan. – Apr. 2019  Jan. – Apr. 2020  %
14 18  128,6


Industrial Designs

It should be noted that the number of industrial designs registered in the State Register for foreign patent holders increased.

In total, 36 industrial designs were registered, which is 116.1% compared to the same period of 2019.

Jan. – Apr. 2019 Jan. – Apr. 2020  %
 31 36  116,1


Plant Varieties

The number of plant varieties registered in the State Register maintained at the same level.

 Jan. – Apr. 2019  Jan. – Apr. 2020  %
4 4 100


Topographies of Integrated Circuits

In total, during the period January-April 2020, 8 topographies of integrated circuits were registered, which is 800% compared to the same period of 2019.

Jan. – Apr. 2019 Jan. – Apr. 2020  %
1 8 800


Trademarks and Service Marks

In the period January-April 2020, a total of 1,158 applications for trademark registration were filed under the national procedure (113.5% compared to the same period of 2019), of which 737 were submitted by applicants from the Republic of Belarus (110.3% compared to the same period of 2019) and 421 – by foreign applicants (119.6% compared to the same period of 2019).

Preliminary examination was carried out in respect of 1,066 applications, which is 101.7% compared to the same period of 2019.

   Jan. – Apr.  2019  Jan. – Apr.  2020  %
             National procedure of trademark registration
Total number of applications filed: 1 020 1 158  113,5
 by national applicants 668 737  110,3
 by foreign applicants 352 421  119,6
 Preliminary examinations completed, total 1 048 1 066   101,7

In January-April 2020, examination of 3,026 claimed designation was carried out, which is 109.8% compared to the same period of 2019. 2,940 decisions on their registration were taken (116.7% compared to the same period of 2019).

  Jan. – Apr.  2019 Jan. – Apr.  2020  %
 Examinations completed, total 2754 3026  109,8
 Applications registered 2519 2940  116,7

 

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