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Sitharaman offers an overview of e-patent certification system

In order to eliminate unnecessary delays in dispatch of patent certificates to the applicants, the government recently introduced a state-of-the-art system to make issuance of e-patent certificates hassel-free. In a written reply to Lok Sabha on Monday, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman provided an overview of how this system works.

According to the minister, the patent certificate is generated through an automated system after the patent is granted by the controller. It is then “transmitted to the applicant concerned or his authorised patent agent on record to the email address recorded with the office”.

To facilitate direct download and printing of the patent certificate, the ministry has also made a provision on the official website of the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks — www.ipindia.gov.in.

“The main advantages of the system are that it eliminates the delays in dispatch of patent certificates to the applicants concerned who can download and print certificates from the website, thus ushering in greater transparency. It also enables them to take further action in a timely fashion,” Sitharaman said in her written reply.

Last year, India adopted a new intellectual property policy with an overarching goal of pushing intellectual property as a “marketable financial asset and economic tool” and develop a system that stimulates economic growth without compromising public interest.

The new e-patent certification system was notified by the government on July 3.

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