NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 11: In order to fast-track the examination of patent applications, particularly for startups, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has floated a new draft to amend the existing Patent Rules, 2003.
The department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) in its notification has suggested amendment in the rules pertaining to expedite examination of applications, opposition proceedings to grant of the patent, and fees for international application.
The department has sought objections and suggestions of stakeholders on the draft rules till January.
“The following draft rules to further amend the Patents Rules, 2003 which the Central Government proposes to make in exercise of the powers conferred by section 159 of the Patents Act, 1970, are hereby published as required by sub-section (3) of the said section for the information of all persons likely to be affected thereby, and notice is hereby given that the said draft rules will be taken into consideration after the expiry of a period of thirty days from the date on which copies of the Gazette of India, in which this notification is published, are made available to the public”, said the notification.
This move is significant as it will further streamline the examination of applications.
Read the notification below: