Basically I am very small business man doing business related to septic tank installation work in Dehradun (Uttrakhand). I innovated a new idea, where the efficiency of septic tank can be enhanced. I contacted to National Innovation Foundation (NIF) to help me to get patent of my invention but they told that they only can help grass root innovators and I do not fall in their category. Can you please help or refer me to people that might help me with drafting the patent?”
P K Gupta
107 – Kanwali, Near Bharat Petroleum
Dehradun (Uttrakhand) – India.
Unfortunately, I have no great experience with patent drafting. Are there any good-hearted patent attorneys out there who are willing to help this person? Not exactly “pro bono” but for an “affordable” fee? And only after you’ve verified that he is indeed deserving of your highly subsidised fee schedule? If so, will you please write to him at (info[at]bindaltech.org) or call him at the numbers above and help him out.
And if possible, please do copy me (shamnad[at]gmail.com) on your emails to him….just so that I can create a list of “good hearted” patent attorneys for future reference:) Thanks very much.
I also had a query for our readers in the “know”. Do the current bar council rules etc prevent Indian attorneys from taking a share of the invention (i.e that X% of royalties, if the invention is successfully commercialised). Would this fall within the ambit of the rule that prohibits “contingency” fee lawyering i.e. that fees cannot be based on whether or not the case is succesful. The reason I ask is: if the rules do permit this, it could serve as a good incentive for many patent attorneys to take up drafting on behalf of poor inventors who cannot afford to pay their fees. Provided of course that they think the invention is worthy of commercialisation.
A related question: Are Indian patent attorneys (that are not other registered as lawyers with the Bar Council) subject to Bar Counil rules, the Advocates Act etc? If not, can they stake a claim in the invention and partake in the royalties? If “yes”, then, this might serve as an incentive for them to draft for free on behalf of poor inventors? And we could engender more participation of poor “informal” inventors in our rather “formal” patent system? And thereby bring about more social justice?