India gets International Search Authority Status.

The Indian IPR regime that has been making rapid strides in developing its infrastructure has caught world attention. India joins the the elite list of nations to be conferred the ISA status by WIPO.

News a couple of weeks late, but nevertheless one that is is an interesting development in the Indian IP arena

“The Indian Patent Office has been recognized as the International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) consisting of more than 170 member countries.

This would enable Indian companies to apply for global patents by filing their applications in India only. As an ISA, major functions of the Indian Patent Office will be to approve or establish the title and conduct international searches.

The patents granted would be applicable in all the WIPO member countries.

Apart from the international recognition, the new status would also generate revenues in the form of fees that would be provided to Indian Patent Office for functioning as an ISA and IPEA.

Being the only English speaking country in the Asian region to be recognised as an ISA and IPEA would mean that several other international applications filed received by the WIPO under the Patent Cooperation Treaty would be sent to India for search and preliminary examination.


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2 thoughts on “India gets International Search Authority Status.”

  1. ayesha
    initially only pct applications from indians will be taken up for international search report or international preliminary examination report.that too only if the applicant chooses india as isa or ipea (as the case may be).

  2. hi Aysha
    I am thrilled to learn that India achieved ISA status. You also pointed out that now Indian Patent office will be provided with fees/revenues for operations.
    I would like to know the Challenges and Oppertunities that lie ahead. Can you please elaborate on each of these, pointwise?

    mail it to me [email protected]

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