IAM Patent 1000 2021

Patents are essential business commodities and knowing how to obtain, enforce and monetise them has become mission critical. The IAM Patent 1000 has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise.

India

The Indian Patent Office and local courts were quick to adapt to new conditions under covid-19 and early on adopted videoconferencing as a tool for conducting hearings in urgent cases. Strengthening international cooperation, the country signed a major memorandum of understanding with the United States, as well as a Patent...

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The Indian Patent Office and local courts were quick to adapt to new conditions under covid-19 and early on adopted videoconferencing as a tool for conducting hearings in urgent cases. Strengthening international cooperation, the country signed a major memorandum of understanding with the United States, as well as a Patent Prosecution Highway agreement with Japan. Practitioners report that the government’s efforts to streamline Patent Office procedures are beginning to bear fruit as newly hired, well-trained examiners are working aggressively to clear a backlog of applications, giving confidence to local and international stakeholders alike. Somewhat more concerning is the backlog of Patent Office appeals before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB). The board, which has often been unable to act due to a lack of staff, resumed functioning in 2020 when the Indian Supreme Court extended the term of its chair. More recently, the government has introduced a bill to abolish the IPAB entirely and hand its functions to the high courts. It remains to be seen whether such a move would constitute a step forward in terms of IP protection, but chaos in the appeals space makes it all the more important that patent filers secure the best help possible when preparing applications.

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