Having your invention protected with a patent gives you the right to stop/prevent others from copying, developing, selling or importing your intervention without your consent. The patent right lasts for duration of 20 years.
Stage 1 – Patent Search
Though not mandatory, it is recommended to perform a thorough patentability search before filing your application.Stage 2 - Patent Drafting
After publication, any person contesting for the content disclosed in the patent application can file a pre-grant opposition at the patent office.Stage 5 - Request For Examination
The examination of the patent application will be initiated only upon receiving a Request for Examination, which is due within 48 months from date of filing. Once the request is placed, the patent application will be given to the patent examiner who would be examining the patent application on different criteria like:
Upon reviewing the patent based on the above terms, a First Examination Report will be issued stating all the requirements/objections that need to be addressed in the application. The applicant must address the objection with 12 months from the date of First Examination Report.
Stage 6 – Grant Of Patent
If the objections are not addressed within the specified period, your application will be deemed to be abandoned. If all objections are met, the patent will be granted, entered in the register of patents and will be notified in the Patent Office Journal for public inspection.
Stage 6 – Post- Grant Opposition