Mr Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, recently inaugurated a new building that is to be used by the Intellectual Property Office. Built at a cost of nearly Rs. 30 crore, the building is said to be equipped to deal with the operations of the Patent Office as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), Business Standard reports.
A new payment gateway integrated into the e-filing system was also inaugurated that provides for payment by internet banking debit cards etc., of over 70 banks as opposed to the earlier permissible 2 banks. This would cover the entire series of forms and payments that are to be made at the IP Office for patents and trademarks.
The IP Office also introduced a system called the ‘Stack and Flow’ which tracks the progress of the work happening in the Patent office and can be viewed on the website. The IPO has the distinction of being the first office in the world with such a system. This appears to be a huge boost for transparency in the working of the Patent Office as the process is now freely traceable.
These are some extremely good initiatives that the IPO has put up. Here’s hoping that they achieve their desired ends.