NIC develops modules; India joins the elite club
NEW DELHI: Union Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath on Friday launched the e-filing of patent and trademark applications at a function organised here by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).
Mr. Kamal Nath said that with the launch of e-filing facilities, applicants would now be able to file their patent and trademark applications from anywhere in the world at any time at their convenience through Internet.
Payments could be made through the payment gateway of authorised bankers and this would save time and money as also the hassles involved in visiting and filing applications in the offices.
At present, there are only about a dozen countries which have e-filing facilities and India now gets into this elite group of countries such as the U.S., Japan, South Korea, China and the European Patent Office.
Dwelling on the future initiatives in this regard, Mr. Kamal Nath noted that the next step would be to make the Indian Patent Office (IPO) an international search authority (ISA) and an international preliminary examining authority (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty.
The application for this, he said, would be filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) this month itself. While the modules for e-filing and on-line processing had been developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), the payment gateway was now provided by State Bank of India. With the launch of the e-filing facility, the first phase of the modernisation drive comes to an end.