It is difficult to imagine the modern society without the electronic networks. Using the Internet facilitates greatly the human life: today one can buy food without leaving one’s home, watch a favorite movie at any time, read an interesting article or even file the documents for the registration of an industrial design, for example, at night. The writers of science fiction of the last century created their works about a person from the future living in the world of the digital technologies, who faced the difficulties arising in counterbalance to the opened opportunities. As we know, every medal has two sides; the situation is the same in the case of electronic filing an application: the system has positive and negative aspects. Let us consider them and make certain finally of the expedience of electronic filing an application for an industrial design.
The information that should be provided for filing an electronic application
The applicant may file an application via the FIIP official domain section “Filing an Application for an Industrial Design” (http://new.fips.ru/podacha-zayavki/podacha-zayavki-na-promyshlennyy-obrazets/) or the website of the Unified Portal of the State Services in the section “Obtaining a Patent of the Russian Federation for an Industrial Design” (https://www.gosuslugi.ru/16430/1). There is a detailed instruction on filling in the columns and providing the necessary information at the above Internet resources (http://new.fips.ru/podacha-zayavki/podacha-zayavki-na-promyshlennyy-obrazets/GuideID20171009.pdf ).
To file an application in an electronic format, the holder of the industrial design should provide:
1. An application for granting an industrial design.
2. A set of the product images.
3. A drawing of the product general appearance, and in some cases, a team chart, which is submitted in the event that the industrial design relates to the products of the light and textile industry. The team chart is a sample of the textile and knitted materials, leather, accessories, finishes and the like that are recommended for the manufacture of the product. At the same time, the sample of the materials with a repeating pattern (decorative materials, carpets, fabrics, etc.) shall be submitted in the size of a rapport of the pattern.
4. A description of the industrial design.
The above documents shall be attached in an electronic form, in accordance with the requirements for the format and volume of the files. The identical legal value of electronic and paper media is further emphasized on the websites of the state authorities.
The pros of electronic filing an application for an industrial design
According to the Report of Rospatent for 2018, the highest increase in electronic applications in the 4th quarter was recorded regarding industrial designs and it was 54, 86%. They recorded also an overall increase in the number of the applications received via the Internet during the past few years: 344 applications were received in 2017, 2545 applications were received in 2018, 707 applications were received in the first quarter of 2019. Such state of affairs is due to a number of the advantages, which include:
The cons of electronic filing an application for the registration of an industrial design
Despite the above said positive points, there are a number of the negative circumstances that can complicate filing an application via the Internet:
Comparing the pros and cons of the electronic method of filing applications, it is worth assuming that the positive circumstances prevail in quantity and in significance. Obviously, therefore in the future, the applications filed via the electronic networks will become even more popular, and their volumes will continue to grow.