What inventions are considered patentable?
Inventions which are Novel, inventive and have industrial applicability are considered patentable.
What are the languages for filing a patent application?
An application for patent can be filed in English or Hindi. However, for the sake of convenience it is advisable to file the application in English. No other language is accepted by patent office except English or Hindi.
What is specification?
Specification is the detailed application clearly outlining the present invention, its comparison with the prior art, the novel and inventive features of present invention and the claims. Specification is a techno-legal document which covers the complete invention along with the protection sought (claims) by the inventor. It can also have drawings relating to the invention. Though submission of drawings in not compulsory, it is advisable to give drawings wherever possible
What is provisional specification? How different it is from complete specification?
A provisional specification is an abstract or in lay man’s language one can say that it is just an outline about the invention to claim and prior filing date. Once provisional specification is filed, the applicant can file complete specification within 12 months time. In case the applicant fails to do so, the application for patent shall be deemed to be abandoned.
Is it possible to amend the specification filed?
Yes, a patent specification can be amended. However, the amendments should not go beyond the scope of the invention disclosed in the specification.
Can an inventor file application for patent if different countries?
Yes, an inventor or his assignee can file an application for grant of patent in different countries. The applicant can either opt for convention route or PCT route to reach different jurisdictions for the patent.
Is there a single patent, enforceable in all the countries?
No, there is nothing called global patent. The applicant has to approach the respective patent office to get a patent granted in his name for the invention.
What is the duration of a patent in India?
A patent is valid for 20 years from the date of filing of the application for patent. Once the patent is granted, the owner of the patent is required to pay annuity to keep the patent in force.
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