On 8th September, 2014, IPO inaugurated a new building to deal
with the operations of the Patent Office as an International
Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining
Authority (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). This
introduction will not only accelerate the ISA and IPEA proceedings
but it also helps in gaining IPO a step ahead among other IP
countries viz. USPTO, EPO, JP etc. Further to this the IP Office
also introduced a system called the 'Stack and Flow' which
tracks the progress of the work happening in the Patent office and
can be viewed on the website. The IPO has the distinction of being
the first office in the world with such a system. This appears to
be a huge boost for transparency in the working of the Patent
Office as the process is now freely traceable. These are some
extremely good initiatives that the IPO has put up.
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