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Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2024 : Changes

Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2024: Changes

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has notified the Patents Amendment Rules, 2024 making significant changes to Indian patent practice and procedure.

Changes Introduced Under Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2024:

  • The timeline for filing the RFE is now reduced from 48 months to 31 months from the priority date.
  • The reduced timeline for filing a Request for Examination (RFE) will accelerate the patent examination process.
  • Applicants can simply file a single updated Form 3 after receiving the First Examination Report (FER).
  • The Patent office issues an examination report to the applicant which is generally known as FER.
  • Introduction of ‘Certificate of Inventorship’: To recognise inventors’ contributions to patented inventions.
  • As the Indian patent certificate does not identify the inventors, this provision will allow inventors to be identified for their inventions.
  • The frequency of filing working patents was reduced from once in a financial year to once in every three financial years.
  • The time frame for submission of recommendations by an Opposition Board and the response time for applicants have been adjusted.
  • A divisional application can be filed in respect of an invention disclosed in the provisional or complete application or a further divisional application.
  • This amendment is in alignment with the recent decision of the Delhi High Court in Syngenta Limited v. Controller of Patents and Designs Case, 2023.
  • The court clarified that divisional applications may be filed in respect of parent applications where the complete or provisional specification (and not necessarily the claims) of the parent application disclose a plurality of inventions.