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Tidbit: IPO revises patent application / RFE numbering scheme


In an office order issued some time back, our patent office streamlined the numbering of patent applications and request for examinations.  This numbering system came into effect from 1st January 2016.  The new numbering system is in line with global best practices.

This new numbering system provides for patent applications having a 12 character numeric fixed length standard and applicable to all patent offices.  The 12 character numeric length also includes Year of Filing, jurisdiction, type of application, and application number.

The format for patent applications is explained as follows: YYYYJTNNNNNN

Y Y Y Y J T N N N N N N
2 0 X X 1/4 1/9 X X X X X X

Jurisdiction: Delhi — 1 | Mumbai — 2 | Kolkata — 3 | Chennai — 4 |

TYPE:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Ordinary Ordinary-Divisional Ordinary-Patent of Addition Convention Convention-Divisional Convention-Patent of Addition PCT NP PCT NP Divisional PCT NP Patent of Addition

N: Signifies a six digit fixed length running serial number.

Each application will have a date of filing and will be in the format: YYYY/MM/DD where Y is Year, M is month and D is Day.

For example: A first ordinary application filed in Delhi would be 201611000001, etc.

Request for Examination: u/r 24B (1) (i) – Normal

Format: RYYYYJNNNNNN

R Y Y Y Y J N N N N N N
24(1)(i) 2 0 X X 1/4 X X X X X X

R signifies a request under Section 24(1)(i) – i.e. a normal request

YYYY denotes year of filing

J: Jurisdiction of patent application filed.

NNNNNN denotes the application number.

Request for Examination: u/r 20 (4) (ii) – Express

Format: XYYYYJNNNNNN

X Y Y Y Y J N N N N N N
20(4)(ii) 2 0 X X 1/4 X X X X X X

X signifies a request under Section 20(4)(ii) – i.e. an Express request

YYYY denotes year of filing

J: Jurisdiction of patent application filed.

NNNNNN denotes the application number.

As with applications, Request for Examinations will also have a date of filing and will be in the format: YYYY/MM/DD where Y is Year, M is month and D is Day.

In one of my initial posts on Spicyip, I had suggested a similar numbering scheme for patent applications.  I am sure that this will standardize the process and make the retrieval etc. much easier.

 

Rajiv Kr. Choudhry

Rajiv Kr. Choudhry

Rajiv did his engineering from Nagpur University in 2000 in electronics design technology. He has completed his LL.B. from Delhi University, Law Center II in 2006, while working as an engineer at ST Microelectronics in NOIDA. After his LL.B., he went on to The George Washington Univeristy, Washington DC to do his LL.M. in 2007. After his LL.M., he has worked in the US at a prestigious IP law firm based out of Philadelphia. Till 2014, he was Of-Counsel to a Noida based IP law firm where he specialized in advising clients on wireless, telecommunication, and high technology. Rajiv is a co-founder of RHA Legal, a New Delhi based law firm specializing in IP law, with a focus on high - technology, and patent law. His core IP interest areas are the intersection of technology and IP, Indian IP policy, innovation, and telecommunications patents. He is also an inventor with pending applications in machine-to-machine communications domain (WO2015029061).

2 comments.

  1. kMaharajan

    hollow! i am k Maharajan inventor Thidakkanal engine Tamilnadu south india cell 8508960354 and i am waiting for patent exam by k.maharajan inventor

    Reply
  2. Ravi Kulkarni

    Dear Rajiv,

    This is Ravi kulkarni (M-Pharm) , working as Patent analyst in Aurobindo pharma. Recently saw notification for patent agent exam date yet to publish in IPO within Dec 2016.

    I request you to share some tips on how to deal exam or else plz let me know, you have any plan to give online training on same.
    Please guide me even i am interested in doing LLB.

    Please share your valuable time.

    Regards
    Ravi kulkarni
    [email protected]
    Mob: 8096840397

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