The Union Government has opened up a Tatkal Window to expedite examination of patent applications by start-ups as well as entities choosing India for the first filing of patent. The move came in the backdrop of 2.37 lakh patent applications pending in the country.
The government is aiming to bring down the time period for initial examination of patent applications from the present 5-7 years to 18 months by March 2018. The move will popularise India as a patent filing hub so that more companies file applications in India.
Under the tatkal-like system, applicants can opt for the Expedited Examination Route on the grounds that they have chosen India as International Searching Authority or International Preliminary Examining Authority. The expedited examination route is also available to all entities that qualify as a start-up as per the definition for start-up provided in the Patent Rules.
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1. Union Government Opened _________ To Expedite Examination Of Patent Applications.