Indian Patent Database: Relevant Links

Pursuant to our earlier post (covering the government response to our petition for an electronic patent database), here are the links to the relevant portions of the Indian patent office website.

1. For copies of granted patents, see here (as was mentioned in the last post, as per the government response, you should be able to access the complete specifications of about 100,000 patents)

2. For copies of Controllers Decisions, see here. However, when last checked, this was not working well.

3. For published patent applications, see here.

As requested in our earlier post, if you have any comments on the efficacy or otherwise of these databases, please let us know in the comments section to the post or by emailing me at [email protected]

Shamnad Basheer

Shamnad Basheer

Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer founded SpicyIP in 2005. He's also the Founder of IDIA, a project to train underprivileged students for admissions to the leading law schools. He served for two years as an expert on the IP global advisory council (GAC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2015, he received the Infosys Prize in Humanities in 2015 for his work on legal education and on democratising the discourse around intellectual property law and policy. The jury was headed by Nobel laureate, Prof. Amartya Sen. Professional History: After graduating from the NLS, Bangalore Prof. Basheer joined Anand and Anand, one of India’s leading IP firms. He went on to head their telecommunication and technology practice and was rated by the IFLR as a leading technology lawyer. He left for the University of Oxford to pursue post-graduate studies, completing the BCL, MPhil and DPhil as a Wellcome Trust scholar. His first academic appointment was at the George Washington University Law School, where he served as the Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor of IP Law. He then relocated to India in 2008 to take up the MHRD Chaired Professorship in IP Law at WB NUJS, a leading Indian law school. Later, he was the Honorary Research Chair of IP Law at Nirma University and also a visiting professor of law at the National Law School (NLS), Bangalore. Prof. Basheer has published widely and his articles have won awards, including those instituted by ATRIP, the Stanford Technology Law Review and CREATe. He was consulted widely by the government, industry, international organisations and civil society on a variety of IP issues. He also served on several government committees.


  1. AvatarAnonymous Coward

    While I haven’t had time to test out the site’s functionality, I thought I’d leave some preliminary comments:

    Since it is a secure site (the security certificates for which depends on the actual domain name and not just the address), instead of providing

    as the address, you should change the link to:

    While both point to the same place (or to be more exact, the second one points to the first), the security certificate only covers the second address.

    It seems the site’s security certificates (signed by a govt. organisation, CCA India) are not generally recognised by browsers. This might alarm some people. The following error is generated on security-compliant browsers:
    “The certificate for “(n)Code Solutions” is signed by the unknown Certificate Authority “CCA India 2007″. It is not possible to verify that this is a valid certificate.”

  2. Avataraziz

    Thanks Shamnad for updating and the best efforts which you have been making for it. I am trying to search documentation regarding Natco’s opposition to Roche’s patent application (Erlotinib) but somehow could not find it. Could you please help me in this regard?

  3. AvatarAnonymous

    Dear Shamnad,

    Do you have any idea about the coverage of copies of granted patents i.e. it starts from which year and is covered till which year?

  4. AvatarAnonymous

    Dear Shamnad,

    Do you have any idea about the coverage of the granted patent copies i.e. it starts from which year and is covered till which year?

  5. AvatarAnonymous


    I was able to download the Erlotinib / Natco case.
    I believe the case is 537/del/96.

    I suggest you try using ‘Opponent’ option with Natco as the key word.


  6. AvatarAnonymous

    Most of the patents uploaded are pre-1970 (Before the era of Great Idian Patent Act)[And looks like someone is looking for Roche’s patent application]. Donno how many decades will our patent office take to make it a daily update.


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