National Phase Application

January 21, 2021, 11:31 am

After the completion of 30/31 months from the date of filing the local applications, the PCT application is eligible to enter the national or regional phase. Once the applicant has entered the national phase, the national or regional patent office's concerned begin the process of... Read More

January 14, 2021, 9:57 am

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a memorandum dated January 06, 2021, to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) clarifying the standard for indefiniteness in post-grant proceedings under America Invents Act (AIA). The memorandum directed the PTAB to follow the same indefiniteness standard used in district courts in post-grant proceedings under... Read More

January 9, 2021, 5:39 pm

The advent of information technology does help the world to get closer to each other. These mutual interconnections have invariably solved various contentious problems that would otherwise be difficult to address. The intellectual property regime is witnessing a constant increase in the pressure of disposing of various applications that have been filed at various domestic... Read More

December 7, 2020, 5:40 pm

A bilateral patent prosecution highway (PPH) pilot program has been implemented between the Indian patent office (IPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) on December 05, 2019, for a period of three years. The guideline was framed by the patent offices and published on the website of Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks. As per the guideline, the number of... Read More

November 30, 2020, 5:55 pm

The fourth amendment of the Chinese Patent Law (CPL) has been approved by China's National People's Congress on October 17, 2020, which will take effect on June 01, 2021. After the 2008 amendments, China has approved the current amendments to the CPL. Below is a brief summary of the Top 5 Changes in the newly amended CPL.

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November 10, 2020, 1:51 pm

Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) in its order, OA/63/2020/PT/DEL dated 27 October 2020, observed that filing of the declaration under Rule 4.17 (ii) of the PCT Regulations during PCT filing satisfies the legal requirement of filing ‘proof of right’ for PCT National phase patent applications in India and set aside the order dated January 30, 2020 (Impugned order... Read More

August 31, 2020, 6:48 pm

Australia Patent Office has amended some of the official fees for patent/patent applications to recover the costs from administering intellectual property (IP) rights and their associated legislation. The changes to the official fees will commence from October 1, 2020. A summary of the patent/patent application fee changes is discussed below.

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July 14, 2020, 10:59 pm

Filing a PCT National Phase patent application in India

The PCT national phase patent application has to be filed in India within thirty-one months from the priority date pursuant to rule 20 (3) and (4)(i) of the Indian Patents Rules... Read More

June 24, 2020, 6:14 pm

When an inventor or legal representative or applicant decides to file a patent application in foreign countries, the United States of America (USA) would be the first choice for filing due to the market potential in various fields as well as IP diligence. This article aims to provide the basic requirements for filing PCT national phase patent applications in the USA. The... Read More

April 30, 2020, 10:40 am

An individual or any other legal entity would decide to file a patent application to better leverage technical innovation. For a person or entity desirous of obtaining better leverage from their technical innovation, one thing they should definitely consider is the country(ies) where they wish to file an application and thereby secure patent protection. While doing so, a... Read More

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