The Office of the Comptroller General of Patents Designs and
Trademarks on 22nd April, 2016 has finally released the Scheme
for Facilitating Start-Ups Intellectual Property Protection
The major objective of the scheme is to protect and promote
Intellectual Property Rights awareness for startups and to
encourage creativity and innovation amongst them.
Given the rigorous demand on the Indian Start-Up industry, the
Comptroller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM) has
carried out appointment of experienced and registered Trade Mark /
Patent Agents as Facilitators and has released a list of 215
facilitators for Trade Marks and 277 facilitators for Design and
Patent departments, respectively. These facilitators can be
approached by the Start-Ups to seek guidance and help in matters
relating to protection and registration of Intellectual
Going further, as an incentive, the Start-ups shall not have to
pay any kind of fee for seeking services from the facilitators;
instead the facilitators shall directly be paid by the Central
Government through the office of the CGPDTM. However, the statutory
application costs and other processing fees shall have to be borne
by the start-up themselves.
Initially, the scheme has been launched on a pilot-basis for a
period of one year from the date of launch of Start-Up India.
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