Rule 14 of the Patent (Amendment) Rules

Earlier (1) The amendment made to a provisional or complete specification or any modification in any drawing accompanying the specification must be retyped and must form a comprehensive, coherent and continuous document. Any additions or deletions made by pasting slips or as footnotes or any writing handwritten or printed in the margin of the document…

Rule 13 of the Patent (Amendment) Rules

Earlier 1) All Specifications – Provisional or Complete; is to be filed as per Form 2. 2) Upon filing a Division Application under Section 16; the Specification must incorporate specific reference to the number of the original Parent Application. 3) When filing a Patent of Addition under Section 54; Specification must contain: (i) a specific…

Trademark Rules 2017- Intellectual Property India

Ministry of commerce and industry has brought significant changes in current trademark rules which have become effective from 6th day of March 2017. The changes are focused on expediting trademark registration process. The significant changes are as follows: Total number of Forms is reduced to Eight (8) from seventy Four (74). The new Trademark forms…

India’s GI List reaches 288 as on December 30th 2016.

The office of the Geographical Indications Registry, Chennai, has registered 288 GI from April 2004, as on December 30th, 2016. Till date, Karnataka has the highest granted GI having 41 GI Registered, followed by Maharashtra with 35, Kerala with 24 GI and Tamil Nadu with 22. Various other states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttrakhand and…

USPTO Issues an update on “Subject Matter Eligibility”

The USPTO recently issued new guidance to Patent Examiners regarding the Subject Matter Eligibility. Below are the Highlights of the guidance based on Federal Circuit (FC) Decisions: The update provides discussion of two recent decisions indentifying the eligible subject matter, namely McRO, Inc. dba Planet Blue v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., 120 USPQ2d 1091…

USPTO- Fee Schedule Update

USPTO has updated the fees subject to reduction upon establishment of small entity status (37 CFR 1.27) or micro entity status (37 CFR 1.29) while applying for PCT applications which are effective from 01-01-2016. Note that if applicant qualifies as a small entity under  37 CFR 1.27, applicant may also qualify for “Micro Entity Status” under 35 U.S.C.…