E wo/pbc/23/3 original: english date: june 4, 2015 Program and Budget Committee Twenty-Third Session Geneva, July 13 to 17, 2015


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  1. WIPO contributes to developing global IP infrastructure by providing IP knowledge content, as public goods, available through global databases. WIPO global databases (PATENTSCOPE, Global Brands Database and Global Designs Database) include data from the collections of PCT, Madrid, Lisbon, Paris 6ter emblems and the Hague systems. The databases also include national and regional applications/registrations contributed by IP Offices which have agreed to cooperate in expanding WIPO database coverage. The databases narrow the knowledge gap by promoting the utilization of IP information, including in developing countries and LDCs, and provide data to promote innovation.

  1. The Program ensures publication of the PCT international applications and will aim to ensure also the publication of Madrid and the Hague applications. WIPO Global Databases support Programs 5 (The PCT System), 6 (Madrid and Lisbon Systems), and 31 (The Hague System) and contribute to Development Agenda Recommendation 8.


  1. WIPO will continue to expand global databases in terms of their geographical coverage of national data collections, and to improve the quality of data and timeliness of updating. The sophisticated search tools will be further refined to aid innovators and other users to search and analyze IP data. In particular, multilingual searching of patents with the Cross Lingual Information Retrieval (CLIR) tool, the machine translation tool WIPO Translate and the content-based image retrieval system for visually-similar brands will continue to be developed. The possibility to search complex work units (like chemical formulae) in the patent texts available in PATENTSCOPE will also be investigated.

  1. PATENTSCOPE: PATENTSCOPE is not only the global patent database covering national and regional patent data collections but also the legal mechanism for meeting the treaty obligation under the PCT, namely, the international publication of PCT applications. National data collections will be converted to full text using WIPO’s Optical Character Recognition (OCR) conversion processes. The system will be further expanded to cover some 50 national/regional data collections and 50 million inventions by the end of the biennium. Main challenges include the processing of the high volume of data and improving the quality of the data received, ensuring timeliness and completeness of the disseminated data, overcoming linguistic barriers with sophisticated translation tools and maximizing the number of national collections. Dossier information will be made available to the public through linkages with WIPO-CASE and with other IP offices public global dossier systems. Finally, a study will be carried out to evaluate the feasibility of indexing open access scientific literature in PATENTSCOPE to facilitate non-patent literature prior art searching.

  1. WIPO GLOBAL BRANDS DATABASE: The database covering international registrations under the Madrid and Lisbon systems, national and regional trademark data collections, and emblems protected under the Paris Convention Article 6ter, will be further developed to cover some 30 national data collections during the biennium. Main challenges include the uploading of more data in different data formats and the research to improve the efficiency of the image similarity search system for trademarks.

  1. WIPO GLOBAL DESIGNS DATABASE: The database covering international registrations under the Hague system, and national and regional design data collections will be further developed to cover some 10 national data collections during the biennium. Main challenges include the uploading of image data in different data formats and the implementation of an efficient image similarity search system for registered designs in two dimensions (Locarno class 32).

  1. Program 13 collaborates primarily with other Programs as illustrated below:




Loss of access to Global Databases owing to localized internet service disruption or technical failure at Geneva HQ.

Service duplication and geographical diversity will be achieved by means of installing remote mirror servers to provide improved service to users and maintain access to data in the case of local disruption in Geneva.


Expected Results

Performance Indicators



IV.2 Enhanced access to, and use of, IP information by IP institutions and the public to promote innovation and creativity

No. of different users per quarter in all Global Database systems

Unique visitors (Q4 2014) PATENTSCOPE 592,000; GBD 49,000; GDD N/A

PATENTSCOPE 650,000; GBD 70,000; GDD 15,000

No. of languages in which cross-lingual search is available

12 (end 2014)


No. of language pairs available for translation of descriptions and claims.

0 (end 2014)


No. of records contained in PATENTSCOPE

43,000,000 (end 2014)


IV.3 Broad geographical coverage of the content and use of WIPO Global IP Databases

No. of records contained in Global Brand s Database

15,800,000 (end 2014)


No. of records contained in Global Design s Database



No. of National Collections in PATENTSCOPE

40 (end 2014)


No. of National Collections in Global Brands Database

18 (end 2014)



  1. Overall resources for the Program increase by approximately 20 per cent in 2016/17 compared to the 2014/15 Budget after Transfers. Non-personnel resources have been maintained at the level of 2014/15 Budget after Transfers. The increase in personnel resources is due to the internal redeployment of resources in support of activities related to the development of the search engine and search interface for the Global Databases. In addition, resources have been reallocated within the Program reflecting the enhanced emphasis on expanding the geographical coverage of the Global Databases. The net result of the above is reflected as an increase in resource under Expected Results IV.2 and IV.3.

Program 13: Resources by Result

(In thousands of Swiss francs)

Program 13: Resources by Object of Expenditure

(In thousands of Swiss francs)

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