In a much welcomed change, the Patent Office has gone digital
promoting the online filing system for Patent filings and other
proceedings with respect to a Patent application or a granted
With the introduction of The Patents (Amendment) Rules 2014,
Patent Office has promoted complete digitisation of Patent filings.
In this regards a revised fee structure has been provided for
filing of patent applications as well as other proceedings before
The important provision with the introduction of amendment rules
is the 10% additional fee when the applications for patent and
other documents are filed through the physical mode, i.e., in hard
copy format as opposed to the online mode. This step will certainly
result in major online filings in comparison to physical filings of
Patent applications and other proceedings with respect to a Patent
application or a granted Patent. As regards 10% additional fee for
physical filing, all the applicants will be opting for lower
Official fees, thereby promoting online filings rather than
AMENDMENT IN PATENTS RULES:
The Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2014 was published by the
Government of India, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Department
of Industrial Policy and Promotion) by notification vide dated
28/02/2014 in Part II, Section 3, Sub-Section (i) of the Gazette Of
India, Extraordinary on 28-2-2014 and has been made effective from
the date of publication. The amended Fee for Patent filings started
with the publication of amendment rules, resulting in a good no. of
BENEFITS ARISING FROM DIGITISATION OF PATENT SYSTEM:
The digitisation of Patent system is certainly a good step
towards improvement of Indian Patent Office and procedural
requirements. All the major actions in respect of a Patent
application or granted Patent can be effected with online filing
system of Indian Patent Office.
The system is highly useful for urgent filings and filings of
last due dates, wherein it will save time as regards to manfully
filing an application at Patent Office.
With the digitisation of Patent filings, one can file Patent
application directly by uploading specification and other relevant
documents online. This has resulted in an efficient filing system
with proper records and direct uploading of documents with Indian
This efficient move by Patent Office will save both time and
money for applicants throughout world. Time by saving visit to
Patent Office for manual filings and money as online filings will
charge lesser official fee in comparison to physical filings which
will be charging the applicant an additional 10% of Official
Apart from being efficient tool for filing of Patent
applications, it is equally useful for formalities in respect of
granted Patents like online submission of renewal fee and annual
requirements of filing of working statements. With the online
filing system its of convenience to applicant as with online filing
system bulk of renewals can be paid in respect of a particular
Patent Office branch with one time payment. The Official Filing
Receipts will be generated at the same time of online payment and
the same can be easily saved for future references.
Also it is promoted by Indian Patent Office to submit working
statements online providing complete details regarding working of a
Patented invention and the submission receipt can be kept for
records for submission of working statement with Patent Office for
any future requirement.
The online filing system of Indian Patent Office is highly
useful at the time of urgent filings of 'Request for
Examination' where a deadline is nearing and also for renewal
cases on urgent basis. The same is also efficient for filing of
renewals which were not filed before the due date and needs to be
filed with Official Fine for extension of time.
The said service of online filing is also being used for filing
responses to Examination reports. A reply to examination response
can easily be filed with online filing system along with uploading
of relevant documents.
The online filing system introduced by Indian Patent Office is
certainly a major step towards the improvement and modification of
Patent filing system in India. With Patent amendment Rule and
lesser Official Fee for online filings the Patent system will go
completely digital as all applicants will be opting for convenient
online filings and lesser official fees. The digitisation of Patent
system in India has resulted in an efficient Patent Office and in
future we will see much more modifications in Indian Patent system
with better efficiency and convenience for applicants.
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