Register of Patents

Register of Patents

Register of patent contains all the updated information regarding a patent that is granted. It serves as a database and prima facia evidence for every proceeding instigated under the Indian Patent’s Act before the Controller or the Appellate Board. When there is any change in the title, interest, or information contained in the patent, the patentee or the title owner is under the obligation to intimate it to the controller so that he can make the necessary changes in the register.

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Patent Opposition System in India

Patent Opposition System in India

Patent guarantees exclusion right or rather monopoly over a product or process. This is granted when someone justifies the exclusive right and complies with the patentability criteria. The opposition system in India under the Indian Patents Acts exists to restrain people from wrongfully obtaining patents and to avoid frivolous or petty innovations.

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Amendment of Patent Applications and specifications

Amendment of Patent Applications and specifications

Under sec 57 of the Indian Patents Act, the controller may amend the application for patent or the complete specification or any document relating thereto to be amended subject upon an application made by the applicant or patentee under this section. Thus, a controller cannot suo moto amend the above mentioned and that the power of the controller to correct the clerical error under sec 78 does not empower him to make amendments.[1] Also, the application for amendment can be made both before the granting of patent and after granting of a patent. But, the power of the controller to make amendments under this section is subject to one important condition that he cannot pass any order allowing or rejecting the application for an amendment if any suit regarding the infringement of trademark or a proceeding for revoking a patent is pending before the High Court.

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Procedure for grant of patents in India

Procedure for grant of patents in India

A patent is an exclusive right which is granted by the Government for an invention, for a limited time period. This exclusive right of a patentee allows him to prevent a third party from using, selling or claiming the invention for which patent has been granted, in an unauthorised and illegal manner, while the term of the patent subsists. An invention which was granted patent can be used freely by the public after the term of the patent has expired or has ceased to have an effect.

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Qualifications and rights of the patent agent in India

Qualifications and rights of the patent agent in India

A patent agent is a person who is registered and authorized by law to practice before an Indian Patent Office and deal with patent applications. The expertise of a patent agent is used to protect intellectual property and prevent infringement. In order to become a patent agent, one has to qualify the Indian Patent Agent Exam conducted by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade.

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What is a provisional application and its complete specifications?

What is a provisional patent application and its complete specifications?

A patent is an exclusive right or title that is conferred to a person or an inventor by the government, for an invented or manufactured article, for a limited period, so as to prohibit others from using, exploiting or selling an invention. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) defines a patent as an “exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem.

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Penalties and reliefs under the Patents Act

Penalties and reliefs under the Patents Act

Chapter XX of the Patents Act, 1970 lays down the provisions on penalties under the Patent law. Section 118 to Section 124 lays down the various parameters for imposing penalties for acts which are prohibited under the Patent law. The penalties envisaged under the Act are in the form of fines, imprisonment or both.

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International Arrangements under Patent Law

International Arrangements under Patent Law

This international aspect of protecting inventions under the patent law has been introduced under Chapter XXII of the Patents Act, 1970 which deals with International Arrangements. The patent applications which are received under the aegis of the Paris Convention, 1883 and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), 1970 to which India is also a member are dealt with under the provisions of this chapter.

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