The flexibility formulas are the mechanism which enables the levels of financial resources allocated to the global protection systems (PCT, Madrid, Hague) to be varied to reflect unbudgeted variations in the total volume of registration activities. The flexibility formulas for the PCT, Madrid and Hague systems were revised and approved by their respective Assemblies, which convened from September 24 to October 3, 2007.
The revised flexibility formula for the PCT system is described in document PCT/A/36/5, and it was approved by the PCT Assembly as indicated in document PCT/A/36/13. As noted in these documents, the flexibility formula for PCT was revised to reflect a budget variation of 341,870 Swiss francs per 1,000 unbudgeted PCT international applications. The revised formula no longer linked the variations in the number of applications to variations in the number of staff posts as it was done before. Rather, the formula proposed to vary the total resources allocated to programs involved, allowing to use both personnel resources (such as posts, short-term employees, SSAs, etc.) and nonpersonnel resources (such as outsourcing contracts). The adjustments are allocated to the administration of the PCT system and support services at a 87.5:12.5 ratio.
The revised flexibility formula for the Madrid system is described in document MM/A/38/5, and it was approved by the Madrid Assembly as reflected in document MM/A/38/6. The new formula allows for adjustments in the Madrid Union budget by 197,060 Swiss francs for each variation of 500 registrations and/or renewals recorded as compared to the approved initial estimates. The formula no longer links the adjustments to staff posts only, but rather allows for adjustments in overall financial resources allocated to the programs directly involved in the processing of the resulting workload. These resources may be of personnel (posts, short-term employees, etc.) and non-personnel nature (e.g., outsourcing contracts). The adjustments are allocated to the administration of the International Trademark Registry and support services at a 87.5:12.5 ratio.
The revised flexibility formula for the Hague system is described in document H/A/24/3, and it was approved by the Hague Assembly as reflected in document H/A/24/4. The new formula provides for adjustments of the Hague Union budget by an amount of 99,024 Swiss francs for each variation of 300 registrations and/or renewals recorded in the Hague Union Registry as compared to the approved initial estimates. The resources may be of personnel and non-personnel nature, and they are allocated to the administration of the Hague Union Registry and support services at a 87.5:12.5 ratio.
APPENDIX E ACRONYMSANDABBREVIATIONSUSEDIN THE PRESENTDOCUMENT
ABC Accessible Books Consortium
ACE Advisory Committee on Enforcement
ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution
AGICOA Association of International Collective Management of Audiovisual Works
7 Review of Budgetary Process Applied to Projects Proposed by the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) for the Implementation of the Development Agenda Recommendations (A/48/5 REV.)
8 Subject to approval by the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP).
9 See table 7.
10 Due to the fact that the Program and Budget and the PPR for 2014 are prepared in parallel, any discrepancies between the two documents will be adjusted during the baseline update exercise.
11 The total non-personnel 2012/13 Approved Budget amounted to 238.8 million Swiss francs
12 A detailed description of the cost categories is provided in Appendix B.
13Posts – this category covers staff on fixed term, continuing or permanent contracts against approved posts in the Professional and General Services categories.
14Temporary staff – this category covers staff holding temporary contracts.
15 Consistent with past practice, countries with economies in transition are included for the purpose of the Program and Budget.
16 Baselines and targets to be established end-2015 once the new web-based statistical tools and methodologies have been tested and confirmed
17 All statistics are based on the date of filing of PCT applications or Chapter II demands.
18 A record copy is a PCT application transmitted to the International Bureau (IB) by a receiving Office after its filing at, and its processing by, that Office. Because record copies are only received at the IB after processing at a receiving Office, the figures are strongly influenced by processing times at these Offices. For this reason, trends in the receipt of record copies, while valid indicators of IB workloads, do no exactly match trends in the filing of PCT applications.
19 Following an independent review of PCTIS performance metrics, its definition slightly changed from the one described in the Program and Budget 2014/15
20 See “Total workload” above.
21 See “Total workload” above.
22 The Madrid System provides support to the Hague System, in particular in translation and IT activities. These costs were disregarded in this method.
23 See “Total workload” above
24 See the ratios for applications and renewals in “Total workload”, above.
25Salary scale for the Professional and higher categories as of 1 Jan 2015; Pensionable remuneration scale as of February 2013; General Service Category Annual salaries and Allowances as of 1 April 2011