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Indian Patent Office Becomes First IPO in the World to Introduce Real Time Transparency
Sep 15, 2014

Ministry of Commerce and Industry inaugurated a new office building constructed for the Intellectual Property Office of India in New Delhi. The building is dedicated to the functioning of the Indian Patent Office as International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). 

The ISA/IPEA building is constructed under plan scheme of the Government of India, Modernization and Strengthening of Intellectual Property Offices, at an expenditure of Rs. 30.2 crore, provides ample space and facilities for proper management of ISA/IPEA operations. The building has state of the art infrastructure and a hall of fame to showcase & highlight the notable products protected by intellectual property. 


A new payment gateway integrated to the e-filing system of the Intellectual Property Office was also inaugurated. This facility enables payment using internet banking, credit cards or debit cards of more than 70 Banks as against internet banking of 2 banks earlier. The comprehensive e-filing facility covering all Forms was made available earlier by IPO for patents and for trademarks. Through the launch of new payment gateway, the online filing which has already shown a quick leap from 25 per cent to 75 per cent is expected to increase further. 


The Intellectual Property Office of India has infrastructure that matches the best in the world. It is commendable that the office is functioning in a fully electronic environment and has established the highest standards of transparency. He said that this office under the Government of India is a unique blend of great hardware and software. The government is in process formulating an IPR policy soon. 


The latest innovation in transparency offered by the Indian Patent Office namely the Stock and Flow was also launched. This facility already existing for trademarks has been extended to patents also. Through this facility the work happening in the entire Patent office is being thrown open to the world. The stock and flow in the Patent Offices at different locations is shown on a real time basis on the official website. IPO is the first among intellectual property offices across the world to achieve this ultimate transparency.  


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