Spicy Tidbits: FICCI Working Group on Indian Patent Office

SpicyIP had earlier noted the recent dynamism at FICCI in terms of its IP activities and initiatives. SpicyIP has now learnt that FICCI and DIPP (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, the nodal agency for all IP matters in India) have set up a Consultative Working Group consisting of representatives from industry, law firms, government and the office of Controller General of Patents, Trade Marks and Designs to brainstorm ideas for improving the working of the Indian patent office.

Within a short time, this Consultative Working Group has already achieved the following:

1. A separate wing has been established in the Mumbai Patent Office which is solely responsible for data analysis (such as records on technical fields by year of filings, maximum no. of patents granted to a company in each sector, top 20 companies filing patents, total no. of patents granted in each year, resident filings, non-resident filings, pending applications by office, patents in force by country etc.) and converting it in statistical format. This will help in judging the patenting trends in each sector.

2. The Patent Office has made the abstracts of patent applications, published after 18 months, online. This eliminates the hurdles associated with searching the desired information through Patent Office Journals, published in PDF format.

3. Opposition decisions are now made available online. Sandeep Rathod of Generic Pharma and Varun Chhonkar of Patent Circle had blogged on this aspect here and here.

4. Some of the records of granted patents (old) have been made available online and others are in progress.

5. E-filing of patent and trade Mark applications have been made more user friendly by increasing number of payment gateways and certifying authorities for digital signatures.

Sheetal Chopra, Senior Assistant Director – FICCI-IPR Division informs SpicyIP that FICCI is very open to the idea of suggestions from the various IP stakeholders and members of the public . So if you have any comments in terms of improving the Indian patent office and making it more user friendly etc, we urge you to write in with your suggestions to [email protected] .

SpicyIP welcomes this FICCI initiative and openness to public comments. Such inclusiveness will go a long way towards encouraging transparency in our IP policies and institutions. @ficci.com>


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.

One comment.

  1. AvatarGenericIPguy

    Dear Shamnad,

    Bhai Patent office does only half the job.
    As you may read on my post, the decisions are still not available.

    May be you can talk to Mr. James and as and when the decisions are actually downloadable, inform me.

    I will then update my post.



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