Govt makes e-filing of patents mandatory


The government has proposed to amend the patent rules and make e-filing of patent applications compulsory in order to bring about clarity and efficiency. The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) has come out with a draft and asked for suggestions from stakeholders to amend the Patents Act 2003.The effort is to maintain the accuracy of the patent data as well as related certificates provided by the Patent Office. In case, patent applicants find the mandatory e-filing inconvenient, the government would provide suitable assistance at all its patent offices.


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