In a public notice released on September 05, 2016, the
Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks
(hereinafter referred to as the 'CGPDTM'), has intimated
all stakeholders that in order to facilitate faster processing of
applications for registration of designs, First Examination Reports
(FER) and subsequent office communications shall be communicated in
the e-mail or digital address of the applicant/agent as mentioned
in the address of service for respective design applications
This is a welcome move and will certainly go a long way to
fasten up the process of applications for registrations of Designs
and this provision of sending First Examination Reports to
applicant/ agent through e-mail has commenced from September 5,
According to the Information Booklet published by the CGPDTM,
the time period for acceptance of an application is six months
which can subsequently be extended to another three months. The new
notice pertaining to online correspondences between the Applicant
and the registry will ensure that the whole process is expedited
and the said time frame is reduced considerably.
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