On November 30, 2023, the fourteenth meeting of the Permanent Working Group on Information Technologies of the Administrative Council of the EAPO (PRGI) was held. One of the important outcomes of the meeting was the decision to launch the full electronic exchange of general office documents.
The project is based on The procedure for the electronic exchange of documents of general record keeping between the EAPO and the national patent offices of the EAPO member States, approved by the Administrative Council of the EAPO in May this year.
The EAPO and the national patent offices have been successfully exchanging documents on Eurasian applications and patents in electronic form using the EAPO Online system for several years. Now, a new electronic exchange channel is being put into operation for documents not directly related to the patent procedure (general records management documents).
By the decision of the Administrative Council of the EAPO, the pilot phase of the project was implemented at the National Patent Office of Tajikistan. The representative of the department, who spoke at the meeting of the PRGI, confirmed the successful implementation of the pilot phase of the project, so the participants of the meeting decided to put the project into industrial mode and ensure the possibility of working in the system created by the EAPO for all national departments of the region.
Also during the meeting, the EAPO presented to the participants information on the progress of the creation of the Integrated Information System of the EAPO and the results of the recently completed research work, which studied various aspects of the formation of a common Eurasian expert information space in the field of industrial property.
In addition, the meeting discussed issues of improving the activities of the PRGI and updating information in the Pharmaceutical Register of the EAPO.