NEW DELHI: There is a “dramatic” improvement in examination and disposal of IPR applications with the commerce and industry ministry taking steps to strengthen the intellectual property rights regime, a top government official said today. Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ramesh Abhishek said the ministry has taken several initiatives such as increasing manpower and the use of IT.
NEW DELHI: Pendency of patent applications at the examination stage has come down to 1.72 lakh as of February end this year on account of measures such as hiring of manpower and use of IT, the government said today.
New Delhi, Mar 12 () The department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) is taking several steps including hiring more manpower as it hopes to dispose of over 2 lakh pending patent applications in two years, an official today said. The government official also said that filing of patent applications by Indian companies in the country has increased.
Indian Patent Office has refused patent application of Japanese drug manufacturer Otsuka Pharmaceuticals for certain forms of its anti-psychotic drug aripiprazole, a medicine it sells under the brand Abilify. Torrent has been at loggerheads with Otsuka over the patent of Abilify in other countries earlier.
The ToI recently reported that Madras based advocate Sanjay Gandhi has sued the Controller General of Patents before the Madras High on the grounds despite being “entitled to appear before the statutory body [Patent Office] and advance arguments in his capacity as a qualified advocate, he was disallowed from doing so.”
Chennai: A lawyer specialising in patent and geographical indication (GI) cases has dragged the Mumbai-based controller-general of patents, designs and trademarks to court, after being denied permission to practice as patent agent before the agency.
(Representative image) CHENNAI: The anti-corruption branch of the CBI has booked a senior official in the Chennai office of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks and his predecessor for demanding bribes to give patents to a private company.
Almost 2 lakh patents are pending examination in India, due to manpower shortages, the Economic Survey 2018-19 notes. The survey notes that there is evidence to suggest a “severe backlog” and “high rate of pendency” for domestic patent applications. “Reports indicate that due to manpower shortages there is a backlog of almost 2 lakh patents pending examination.
NEW DELHI: Over 2.32 lakh patent applications were pending with the Indian Patent Office as on November 30, Parliament was informed today.Pendency of patent applications is primarily due to shortage of technical manpower in previous years, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry C R Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.