The Indian Patent Advanced Search System, InPASS, was introduced
on 27.02.2015. Prior to InPASS, IPAIRS [Indian Patent Information
Retrieval System] was used to conduct patent search in India.
InPASS is an updated version of IPAIRS as it allows for a full-text
search of all Indian patents and Patent Applications. Apart from
this InPASS also allows a person to conduct a patent search using
Wild Cards and Boolean Operators. Now, InPASS is the Indian patent
office database used to conduct an advanced patent search in
Conducting a patent search is indispensable before filing a
patent application. In our previous
blog post, we have outlined the need for conducting a patent
search. In this blog post, we provide a basic outline on how to use
the Indian patent (advanced) search system to conduct patent
searches, check the register details of patents granted, and also
check the patent application status.
At the outset, it is important to explain the layout of InPASS.
In the InPASS, four menu tabs are provided namely
Patent Search, Patent E-register, Application Status and Help.
Patent Search in India
In the 'Patent Search' tab, there are two check boxes
provided those allow you to search for either Granted patents or
Published applications or both.
After choosing that you can search for patents or applications
published based on any of the following search parameters:
1. Application date- You
can choose a range of dates
7. Patent Number [For
8. Applicant Name
9. Inventor Name
12. Filing Office
13. International Patent
14. PCT Application
[for national phase application]
15. PCT Publication
16. Field of
17. Patent Assignee
Keyword Search: First, you will have to collect
the keywords relevant to your invention or patent. The keyword
search can only be used in the search parameters – title,
abstract, claims, and description. The patent search can be
performed using the keywords along with 'Boolean Operators'
and/or 'Wild Cards'. The search results will show in two
columns. In the left column, the application number/patent number,
title, application date and status will display. Based on the
selection of a row in the left column, details [Bibliographic Data,
Specification, and Status] of the patent application/granted patent
will display in the right column. Further, you can view the details
of Bibliographic data, patent specification, and application/patent
status in the respective tab. However, there is a limitation to
display the number of search records up to 1000 and 25 records per
Applicant Name Search: The Indian patent search
database allows you to search for patent applications/patents by
entering the name of the applicant against the relevant row. All
you have to do is enter the Applicant's name and press search.
The result will display the title of all inventions published or
granted in the name that you entered.
Inventor Name Search: Similar to the applicant
name search, you can also search the inventor name in the relevant
row and the result display.
In addition to the above searches, you can perform various
search queries to retrieve the results based on your requirements.
You may also read the 'Help' provided on the tab to learn
more about how to use Boolean operators and Wild cards. If you are
familiar with USPTO patent search or WIPO patent search, you can easily conduct the
patent search in India.
The Indian patent search database allows you to the check the
legal status of the granted patent. In the 'Patent
E-register' tab, enter the patent number along the displayed
code and click to Show E-register. The result will display the
legal status of the patent, date next renewal date, and
Bibliographic data of patent.
Similar to patent grant search, the Indian patent search
database allows you to check the status of the patent application.
In the 'Application Status' tab, enter the application
number along with the displayed code and click on 'Show
Application Status'. The result will display the details of
application such as application number, applicant number, date of
filing, priority date, title of the invention, publication date and
also application status. Besides, you will be able to view all the
documents relevant to the patent application in the 'View
Documents' tab provided at the bottom page of result.
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