The Indian Patent Office (IPO) recently released a draft Manual of Patent Practice and Procedure (MPPP). The draft manual can be seen here. The MPPP is a codification of the general rules as applicable to the IPO. The Manual is divided into 21 chapters and 3 schedules which represent areas subject to regulation by the IPO.
The Manual provides to the Applicants and the Examiner alike, an easy read of the procedure at the patent office. As compared to the previous editiion of the Manual, the current version is designed electronically, and is therefore much more easily accessible electronically.
Additionally, the Manual provides much needed guidance on the procedures at the IPO.
A greater analysis of the manual would follow shortly.