A working meeting of IT specialists from the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO) and their colleagues, representatives of the Ministry and the National Institute of Intellectual Property (NIIP), was held at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan under the chairmanship of Sholpan Abdreeva, Director of the Department of intellectual property rights of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The parties discussed cooperation between regional and national patent offices in the field of digitalization. They discussed the integration of information from open registers of industrial property rights and the creation of a common register. They also addressed the use of artificial intelligence, the exchange of patent information, including within the CISPATENT project, e-cooperation within the common workflow and the filing of Eurasian applications through the digital systems of the national patent office implemented in Kazakhstan. The EAPO specialists proposed to consider the creation of a common Eurasian register of industrial property rights based on distributed database technology.

IT specialists from the Republic of Kazakhstan expressed their willingness to share artificial intelligence-assisted image search with their EAPO colleagues, to study the possibilities of organizing electronic exchange within the common workflow, as well as to learn the advanced data submission formats within the CISPATENT project.

The parties discussed the joint use of search databases and the needs of NIIP for accessing patent information. The specialists of the regional and national offices exchanged information on the current situation in the field of information security, agreed to keep in touch during the organization of relevant events, and regularly exchange experience. The parties also discussed the possibility of holding a permanent working group’s meeting in person, where the national patent offices of the EAPO Member States would present their achievements in digitalization.

The EAPO delegation expressed its interest in studying the NIIP information system used for the automation of the patent application procedure. The parties agreed to have further expert-level consultations and to work more deeply on specific projects.