All-Union Technical Library of Patents of the USSR VPTB SSSR

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All-Union Technical Library of Patents of the USSR (VPTB SSSR)


located in Moscow. Largest institution in the USSR for the collection of descriptions of domestic and foreign inventions as well as patent periodicals.

The library was organized in 1896 under the Committee on Technical Affairs in conjunction with the introduction of an investigative system for examining claims for proposed inventions. In 1918 the library was transferred to the jurisdiction of the Committee on Inventions, attached to the Scientific and Technical Society under the Supreme Council of the National Economy; now it is part of the system of the Committee on Inventions and Discoveries under the Council of Ministers of the USSR. As of Jan. 1, 1970, the library’s collections amounted to 47.6 million descriptions of inventions. The collections are utilized for the information of specialists in the national economy of the USSR concerning domestic and foreign inventions with the aim of checking the patentability of new developments, as well as making expert examination of patents in order to determine the priority of inventions throughout the USSR and the priority of inventions for objects intended to be exported to other countries. The library serves engineers and technical workers, scientific workers, and workers in the organs of information and patent services. The library renders methodological aid to libraries, organs of scientific and technical information, and the patent subdivisions on problems of scientific and library and bibliographical work with patent documentation.


Fondy patentnoi literatury Vsesoiuznoipatentno-tekhnicheskoi bib-lioteki SSSR (Spravka). Moscow, 1968.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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