Quick Glance at Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2013

The Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2013 came in force with effective from 15th October 2013. It appears that the primary aim of the amendment is associated with various procedures as Indian Patent Office starts functioning as International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the PCT. Under the amended rules the sequence listing of nucleotides or amino acid sequences are to be filed in computer readable text format along with the application and no printed form of sequence listing of nucleotides or amino acid sequences is required. Further the rules define formatting requirements of the documents including line... Read More

Indian Patent Office is now ISA and IPEA under PCT

The Indian Patent Office is recognised as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) w.e.f 15th October 2013.  This is a major development and in itself is a huge responsibility as well for the Indian Patent Office (IPO). The IPO will now be examining the PCT applications and preparing and providing International Search Reports (ISRs) and International Preliminary Examination Reports (IPERs) to the Applicants. The official language for search and examination by the IPO will be English. Following is a schedule of fees to be charged by IPO while functioning... Read More