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Indian Patent Office Unveils 2007/08 Figures

by Lorys Charalambous, for LawAndTax-News.com, Cyprus

03 April 2008


The Indian Patent Office announced on Wednesday that it granted a record number of 15,262 patents during the financial year 2007-08.

This is more than double the number of patents granted (7,539) during the previous year and almost eight times the number of patents granted just three years ago in 2004-05 (1,911), the Office revealed.

The number of patents granted during 2007-08, the first year of the 11th Five Year Plan (FYP) compares well with the total number of patents granted during the entire 10th Five Year Plan period, which was just 17,618. The patent filings also crossed the 35,000 mark during 2007-08.

According to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry:

"The surge in the number of patents has to do with the modernisation of the patent and other intellectual property offices."

It went on to reveal that the first phase of modernisation had resulted in the establishment of modern integrated Intellectual Property Offices in the four metros, computerisation, and enhancement of human resources, and stated that:

"The Indian Patent Office has also introduced the facility for e-filing of applications from 20 July, 2007. The Office has also been recognised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and an International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in October 2007."

The Indian Government has recently approved the second phase of modernisation, which will see the construction of buildings for housing ISA/IPEA operations in Delhi, and for Trade Marks Registry and Intellectual Property (IP) Archives at Ahmedabad, substantial increases in human resources to meet the requirements of increased IP filings, digitisation of all IP records, and the establishment of a total online office.

The Government has already separately commenced work on setting up a National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (NIIPM) at Nagpur, it was announced.


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