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Patent Attorney practicing Patents, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Venture Financing, Startup Technology Law

Patent attorneys with expertise in Blockchain, Distributed Ledger and Smart Contracts draft and file patent applications for Blockchain IP Protection.

Blockchain

IBM was recently granted a patent covering an innovation to prevent drones from stealing packages. Companies like DHL, Amazon and FedEx are working on automated delivery of packages by using drones.

Blockchain Innovation

Blockchain is a distributed record which can record exchanges between two parties in an efficient and genuine manner. It is an innovation that can support better approaches for interfacing and recording information over all regions of innovation.

BLOCKCHAIN PATENT ATTORNEY

Blockchain was at first connected with digital currency exchanges. Its uses are being investigated and perceived in different structures, for example, record-keeping, contact, and registers, and so forth.

The health business has been investigating blockchain to help and verify data trade of patient records and furthermore for following of pharmaceuticals from their production to their organization to patients.

The consumer world perceives blockchain as an approach to follow supply chains from production to form names and to rearrange security forms identifying with passenger screening.

Patent Data

Patents are allowed for gadgets, substances, techniques or procedures that are new, creative and valuable which gives elite business rights in return for full public revelation of the development.

Patents can be utilized as pointers of innovative activity. The parts of innovative action can be estimated by examination of information related to the patent archives.

This suggests patents are a wellspring of information on innovation trends in science and innovation.

Patent Document

It is compulsory for the applicant to document a patent application for every country an applicant needs to get patent assurance. The Patent goal demonstrates that where the pioneer needs to ensure their development. There can be different purposes behind assurance including the country being an objective for commercialization or that the country is significant for future research. With the assistance of blockchain innovation, the applicant can document the most noteworthy extent of patents inside their very own country.

Blockchain Technology

Technology analysis helps to identify the level of activity in specific technology areas within an overall field. It can additionally assist pioneers with understanding different regions of business intrigue and educate commercialization methodologies and research headings.

Division of patents occurred in two general classes which are broad chain applications and data processing. There were additionally founded on patent classification symbols, International Patent Classification (IPC) and Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) and keywords.

There has been a low extent in connection to the patents getting approved by patent offices.

Blockchain Applications

The blockchain applications are additionally divided into four subcategories by IPC, CPC, and keywords. These subcategories are as per the following:-

  1. Payment and Transaction systems:-

It incorporates patents coordinated to the utilization of blockchain innovation in cash transfer. It has the most elevated extent of patent families or groups of all subcategories of blockchain applications. Innovations in this sector are protected by patents mostly owned by Digital Asset Holdings, nChain, Socure, and Swirlds.

  1. Financial Services:-

Financial Services incorporate patents that include banking, stock exchanging and the executives of money and cryptographic forms of money. Instances of patents in this sub-classification are held by Nasdaq and Coinplug.

  1. Business Administration:-

It captures the utilization of blockchain innovation in exchange applications that don’t include cash. These incorporate record-keeping, restorative records and the board of agreements. Instances of patents in this subclass are held by eIngot and SkuChain.

  1. Shopping and Ecommerce:-

It identifies with patents that use blockchain in purchases from online and customary shops and in internet gaming. A case of licenses in this subcategory is held by Beston Technologies Pty Ltd.

Blockchain Patent Attorney

Patent attorneys with expertise in blockchain technology work closely with clients to perform patent searches and draft patent applications. During blockchain patent research, patent attorney conducts a key word search of the granted patents and published patent applications across various patent database platforms. The patent searches are based on the features of the blockchain innovation by themselves and in combination. To expand the scope of the blockchain patent search, keyword search is also performed across various Non-Patent Literature (NPL) resources to ensure that all the related prior art is retrieved.

Blockchain Patent Drafting

Patent attorneys conduct comprehensive research before drafting software patents and mobile app patents. The patent research work also includes comparison between features of the blockchain innovation and prior art references. On certain occasions, a patent claim chart is also prepared to illustrate the relationship between prior art and the innovation features.

Advocate Rahul Dev is a Patent Attorney & International Business Lawyer practicing Technology, Intellectual Property & Corporate Laws. He is reachable at rd (at) patentbusinesslawyer (dot) com & @rdpatentlawyer on Twitter.

Quoted in and contributed to 50+ national & international publications (Bloomberg, FirstPost, SwissInfo, Outlook Money, Yahoo News, Times of India, Economic Times, Business Standard, Quartz, Global Legal Post, International Bar Association, LawAsia, BioSpectrum Asia, Digital News Asia, e27, Leaders Speak, Entrepreneur India, VCCircle, AutoTech).

Regularly invited to speak at international & national platforms (conferences, TV channels, seminars, corporate trainings, government workshops) on technology, patents, business strategy, legal developments, leadership & management.

Patent linkage refers to connection between patent registration procedure and drug regulatory approvals, which is not present in Indian legal system. Patent grant in India provides an exclusive right to the pharmaceutical companies to make, use, sell and bring to market the innovative products, but a regulatory approval does not provide any exclusivity.

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Indian medicines are exported to around 200 countries in the world. The United States is the world’s leading single market for pharmaceutical products accounting for nearly 50% of the value of the total world market. India’s five largest export markets are the United States (28 percent), Russia (11 percent), Germany (10 percent), the United Kingdom (8 percent), and China (7 percent). Exports to such countries consist mainly of bulk medicines that account for nearly 60 percent of India’s pharmaceutical exports. The remainder, most formulations are exported to the countries of the former Soviet Union (CIS) and developing countries (Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America). India continues to be the number one supplier of cost-effective antibiotics, cancer therapy, and AIDs drugs to the developing world. Many of India’s leading Indian pharmaceutical companies have also been certified by regulatory authorities in Australia, South Africa, and the EU.

It is well known that patent protection corresponding to various important or blockbuster drugs are scheduled to expire in coming years.

Moreover, the various governments worldwide are looking to curb their soaring prescription medicines costs through greater use of generics. These opportunities are offered not only in India’s traditional wealthy client markets such as the U.S. and European Union counties but also in emerging economies with vast populations such as Africa, South America, Asia, and Eastern and Central Europe.

These are some points for consideration by Indian pharmaceutical companies to sustain and boost the presence in the world’s drug market and one of them is the Para IV Certification.

ABBREVIATED NEW DRUG APPLICATIONS

The Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984 (the Hatch-Waxman Amendments) amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of the US. These Amendments created Section 505(j) of the Act. This section established the ANDA approval process, which allows lower-priced generic versions of previously approved innovator drugs to be approved and brought on the market.

The Hatch-Waxman Act allows generic manufacturers to file an ANDA demonstrating bioequivalence to an innovator drug, rather than an NDA, which is far costlier as it requires data establishing safety and efficacy. Under the Hatch-Waxman Act, a generic manufacturer may file an ANDA prior to the expiration of the innovator’s patents. An ANDA applicant must include in its ANDA a patent certification as described in section 505(j)(2)(A)(vii) of the Act. One of the following statements must be made in such certifications:

(1) The patent information hasn’t been filed;

(2) That the patent has expired;

(3) The date on which the patent will expire; or

(4) That the patent is invalid or will not be infringed by the manufacture, use, or sale of the drug product for which the ANDA is submitted.

The 4th Certification is known as a Para IV Certification. The ANDA applicant must provide appropriate notice of a Para IV Certification to each patent holder that is the subject of the certification and to the holder of the approved NDA to which the ANDA refers. The first generic manufacturer to file a substantially complete ANDA with a paragraph IV certification may be awarded a 180-day marketing “exclusivity” period during which no other ANDA filers can market their version of the drug dose. Thus, the opportunity to be the sole competitor to the innovator for up to 6 months is aggressively pursued. This results in windfall profit as there is a restricted number of players, usually one (ie, the innovator) and in these 180 days the margins are very high. The company that wins this exclusivity can reap huge profits during the 180-day exclusivity period. In fact, the company can garner a market share, which is 5-10 times higher than the other generics players.

Indian businesses can manufacture medicinal drugs for less than half what it costs to manufacture than in the United States, conduct clinical trials for approximately one-tenth of the U.S. cost, and carry out R&D for less than one-eighth the U.S. cost. Indian pharmaceutical companies led by Glenmark, Aurobindo, and Sun Pharma maintained their number one position in the U.S. generics market, by accomplishing 33.17 percent or 139 of 419 original ANDA approvals from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010. The Filing of ANDA with a Para IV certification by Indian companies is very less. It is a high risk – high reward growth strategy. Indian companies should challenge the patents of global companies via Para IV filings and India’s share in the total Para IV filings is required to grow further.

Indian companies will be challenged by declining prices in the U.S. market, falling profit margins, rising competition from other low-cost countries, parallel launches of authorized generics by Western innovator companies, and the increasing power of large distributors in the U.S. and European markets so they have to prepare strategy for consistent achievement in generic drugs market. The Filings of ANDA with a Para IV certification by Indian companies is required for better prospects of Indian pharmaceutical companies.

CHALLENGES

Production costs of medicinal drugs are almost 50% lower in India than in other Western nations, while overall research and development costs are about one-eighth and clinical trial expenses around one-tenth of Western levels. Clinical trials in India cost approximately $20 million while the cost abroad would range between $300 million and $350 million. Costs of medicinal innovation in India are estimated as low as one-seventh of cost levels in Europe.

CONCLUSION

Indian companies should focus on developing follow-on biologics, Challenging IPRs on regulated markets, investing in R&D for proprietary NCEs. Many mid-level Indian producers can turn to contract manufacturing, outsourcing, contract research, contract clinical trials, or other tie-ins with MNCs.

These alliances and millions of dollars spent on establishing domestic and foreign-based manufacturing facilities, acquiring foreign drug manufacturing firms and the like. These overseas acquisitions will allow Indian businesses to gain traction in Western regulated markets, diversify their portfolios, acquire recognized brands, and gain R&D capabilities.

The United States has some of the highest drug prices in the world and has attracted imports of generic drugs from India and a number of low-cost countries. However, severe price compression and growing competition from other low-cost countries are forcing Indian majors to offset their losses by shifting their attention to Western Europe.

India’s continuing failure to provide data protection needs to be rectified urgently. Indian manufacturers cannot fulfill their objectives to become players on the global stage unless they make significant increases to their R&D expenditures. There is a need to increase R&D collaboration with MNCs to gain the advantage of India’s conducive environment for new drug discovery and development.

Advocate Rahul Dev is a Patent Attorney & International Business Lawyer practicing Technology, Intellectual Property & Corporate Laws. He is reachable at rd (at) patentbusinesslawyer (dot) com & @rdpatentlawyer on Twitter.

Quoted in and contributed to 50+ national & international publications (Bloomberg, FirstPost, SwissInfo, Outlook Money, Yahoo News, Times of India, Economic Times, Business Standard, Quartz, Global Legal Post, International Bar Association, LawAsia, BioSpectrum Asia, Digital News Asia, e27, Leaders Speak, Entrepreneur India, VCCircle, AutoTech).

Regularly invited to speak at international & national platforms (conferences, TV channels, seminars, corporate trainings, government workshops) on technology, patents, business strategy, legal developments, leadership & management.

Patent Process in India

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Patent Filing

Patent Prosecution

Patent Registration

 

  1. Q. Who can file patent in India?

  2. Q. What are various types of patent applications?
  3. Q. How to file a patent in India?

  4. Q. How much does it cost to get a patent in India?

  5. Q. What are the requirements to file a patent in India?

  6. Q. What is the patent office procedure for patent registration in India?

  7. Q. What is patent office action?

  8. Q. How are patents examined in India?

  9. Q. What is patentability of an invention?

  10. Q. What is an invention?

  11. Q. How can inventive step of an invention be determined?

  12. Q. What is industrial applicability of an invention?

  13. Q. What is the meaning of sufficiency of disclosure?

Q. Who can file patent in India?

The patent law in India defines various categories of patent applicants. Depending upon the category and type of the patent applicant, the documentary requirements and the official filing fee varies. In essence, a patent in India can be filed by:

1. A natural person(s) and/or a startup;

2. A small entity, alone or with a natural person(s) and/or a startup;

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Q. What are various types of patent applications?

Patent applications are divided into one or more types by the patent office, and as per Indian Patent Office, a patent applicant can types multiple kinds of patent applications. The documentary requirements and other formalities for each patent application type are different, and hence it is crucial to identify the exact type of patent application before initiating the patent filing process. While filing for a patent, few things are to be considered. The first is which type of application you are filling.

In India, there are following types of applications: 
(a) Ordinary Application is the application which is made at the Patent Office for grant of patent and does not contain any priory claims of application made in any convention country or countries. An ordinary application may be filled through two phases or through just one. Initially as a provisional application, which is followed by a complete application or directly as a complete application only. (Refer to section 9 of the Patents Act, 1970).

(b) Convention Application is a subsequent application made under Section 135 of the Patent Act, 1970, claiming the priority date on the application which was filed earlier, wherein applicant has already filed an application for grant of patent in a convention country or countries. A convention application has to be filed within a period of 12 months from the date of filing of the application in the convention country . 
(c) PCT Application stands for Patent Cooperation Treaty. The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is an international patent law treaty, concluded in 1970. It provides a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect inventions in each of its contracting states/countries. The applicant gets 30-31 months’ time to enter into these countries for getting protection on its invention, wherein such an application is called PCT National Phase Application. In addition, patent applicants can file a PCT International Application, either with the Indian Patent Office as Receiving Office, or directly with International Bureau (IB) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
(d) Divisional Application is filed under two circumstances:
• When the applicant believes that his/her application contains more than one invention and the other inventions can be differentiated from the original application and filed as a separate application. 
• When the controller of patent is of the opinion that the application contains of claims for more than one invention. 
(e) Additional Application (for a patent of addition) can be filled by an applicant when he/she is desirous of making changes or making improvements to the earlier invention. No additional fee is charged for filing of an additional application. The patent for addition will be granted along with the original application. Back to top

Q. How to file a patent in India?

Before filing a patent in India, patent applicants are required to understand the complete process of patent filing. In essence, a patent is acquired in India by filling an application for the grant of patent through following documents:

• Form 1 (Application for Grant of Patent);
• Form 2 (Provisional/Complete Specification);
• Form 3 (Statement and undertaking u/s 8 of Patent Act, 1970);
• Form 5 (Declaration as to Inventorship);
• Form 26 (Authorization of a Patent Agent/or any person in a matter or proceeding under the Patent Act). 
A patent can be filled either through e-filing or through physical filing. A requisite fee is payable for filling of the patent which is provided in Table I of the First Schedule. (See Rule 7 of the Patent Rules, 2003).
The patent application is automatically published after a period of 18 months from the date of filling the application for making it a prior art. Prior art acts as evidence that your invention is already known. In case the applicant is desirous of an early publication, he/she can file under Form 9 requesting for an early publication and by paying the requisite fee provided in Table I of the First Schedule. (See Rule 7 of the Patent Rules, 2003). 

Thereafter, the patent applicant can file a request for examination of patent via Form 18 / Form 18A, wherein such request is to be filed within 48 months of the earliest priority date. Back to top

Q. How much does it cost to get a patent in India?

An approximate basic fee for filling of patent in India under Form 1, 2, 3, 5 & 26 for:

(a) A natural person(s) and/or a startup:
• E-filing – 1600/-
• Physical filing – 1750/-

(b) A small entity, alone or with a natural person(s) and/or a startup:
• E-filing – 4000/-
• Physical filling – 4400/-

(c) Others alone or with natural person(s) and/or a startup and/or small entity:
• E-filing – 8000/-
• Physical filling – 8800/-
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Q. What are the requirements to file a patent in India?

An application for patent is required to be accompanied with four basic attachments which is filed under Form 2:

(a) Complete/provisional specification (Section 9 of Patents Act, 1970): A provisional application is a summary of the invention and is filed to protect the invention at its early stage. If an applicant has filed the patent application for grant of patent he/she has to file the complete specification within a period of 12 months from the date of filing of the provisional application or else the application will be considered to be abandoned. 

(b) No. of Claim(s): Claims define the contours of legal rights when the patent is granted. Section 10 (4) (c) of the Patents Act, 1970 states that every complete specification must end with a patent claim or patent claims that defines the scope of the invention for which protection is claimed. Generally, a patent application contains a combination of independent and dependent claims, wherein the independent claims disclose the most important features of the invention, and the dependent claims disclose additional features that depend upon the independent claims.

(c) Abstract: Abstract is a concise summary of the invention which the applicant wants to get patented. According to Section 10 (4) (d) of The Patents Act, 1970, every complete specification shall include an abstract section to provide technical information on the invention. According to Rule 13 (7) of The Patent Rules, the abstract section shall begin with the title of the invention.

(d) No. of Drawing(s): The patent applicant shall furnish at least one drawing of the invention he/she seeks to get patented which can also be called a patent illustration, showing every feature of the invention for a better understanding of the invention. The drawings must show every feature of the invention specified in the claims, and it is required by Patent Office rules to be in a particular form.
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Q. What is the patent office procedure for patent registration in India?

Once the patent is filled, the patent applicant can file for examination with a period of 48 months from the date of filling the application by Form 18 (Request for Examination) by paying an examination fee mentioned in Table I of the First Schedule. (See Rule 7 of the Patent Rules, 2003). In case no request for examination is filed within the aforesaid period, the application is considered to be abandoned. 
Once the controller at the Patent Office receives the receipt of the request for examination, he/she examines the report on the basis of Section 12 & 13 of the Patent Act, 1970 and if there are any objections, a FER (First Examination Report) is issued to the applicant which states all the mistakes and errors that were made by the applicant in the patent application. The applicant is given a period of 6 months to rectify the mistakes and send the appropriate response to the controller. Back to top

Q. What is patent office action?

Once a patent application is filed with the patent office, patent applicants are required to submit request for early publication of patent application in addition to request for patent examination. Once a patent examination request is filed, the patent office examines the patent application in accordance with patent procedure and provides a patent examination report (patent office action) to the patent applicants, which contains one or more objections relating to novelty, inventive step (non-obviousness), industrial application, sufficiency of disclosure and formal requirements.

Patent office action is also known as the patent examination report, or a FER (first examination report). In accordance with applicable laws and rules, patent applicants are required to submit a detailed response the patent examination report (FER or first examination report) within 6 months of issuance of the first examination report or the office action. A general strategy that can be followed to draft office action response includes preparing submissions for each of the objections raised by the patent examiner. For example, for objections relating to novelty and inventive step (non-obviousness), one of the strategies can be to amend the patent claims by limiting the scope of originally filed claims. This can be done in consultation with a patent attorney, whereby, certain features from the dependent claims (or detailed description) can be added to the independent claims to ensure that the amended claims are novel and inventive as compared to the prior arts (patent and non-patent literature) cited by the patent examiner. Therefore, chances of overcoming such objections get better when novel aspects of the invention are combined with the independent claims. More details can be read here. Back to top

Q. How are patents examined in India?

A patent application filed with the Indian Patent Office is examined by the patent examiner only after the patent applicant files a request for examination via Form 18 / Form 18A, as per the provisions of the Indian Patents Act, 1970 (as amended) and the Patent Rules, 2016 (as amended). The patent applicant can file the patent examination request at the time of filing the patent application or anytime before the expiry of 48 months from the earliest priority date of the patent application. Once the patent examination request is filed, the patent application is examined in due course depending upon the backlog of pending applications at the patent office.

Generally, the patent examiner issues an office action setting forth the basis for rejecting one or more patent claims with respect to prior art / novelty patent search conducted by the patent examiner. The patent applicant responds with amendments in patent claims/ patent drawings and/or arguments, and the examiner issues a next office action, etc. This process continues until the patent application is allowed, abandoned, or appealed. More details can be read here. Back to top

Q. What is patentability of an invention?

Patentability of an invention refers to patent eligibility of the invention, as defined in the patent laws. When a patent application is examined by the patent office, the primary goal of the patent examiner is to determine the patentability of the invention as defined by the patent claims, as described in detail by the patent description, and as illustrated by way of patent drawings. The intention is to ensure that the technology covered by the patent application is new and the subject matter of the patent description and patents claims was not disclosed in public domain before the date of filing of patent application, or before the first priority date of the patent application. More details can be read here. Back to top

Q. What is an invention?

In accordance with the Indian Patents Act, 1970, definition of invention and inventive step include:

Section 2(1) (j) “invention” means a new product or process involving an inventive step and capable of industrial application;

Section 2(1) (ja) “inventive step” means a feature of an invention that involves technical advance as compared to the existing knowledge or having economic significance or both and that makes the invention not obvious to a person skilled in the art;

In essence, the inventive step of the technology to be patented should illustrate technical advancement or economic significance in the subject matter of the patent application as compared to the existing knowledge which is already known to a person skilled in the similar domain. More details can be read here. Back to top

Q. How can inventive step of an invention be determined?

Indian Courts have provided certain insights regarding how to determine inventive step of an invention claimed in patent claims of a patent application. In Biswanath Prasad Radhey Shyam vs Hindustan Metal Industries Ltd, it was held by the Indian Supreme court that “The expression” does not involve any “inventive step” and its equivalent word “obvious”, have acquired special significance in the terminology of Patent Law. The ‘obviousness’ has to be strictly and objectively judged. For this determination, several forms of the question have been suggested. Was it for Practical Purposes obvious to a skilled worker, in the field concerned, in the state of knowledge existing at the date of the patent to be found in the literature then available to him, that he would or should make the invention the subject of the claim concerned?

To determine Invention Step, the following points should be taken into consideration:

(a) Identify the “person skilled in the art”, i.e. a competent craftsman in same domain or engineer as distinguished from a mere artisan

(b) Identify the relevant common general knowledge of that person at the priority date of filing the patent application;

(c) Identify the inventive concept of the patent claim in question;

(d) Identify what, if any, differences exist between the matter cited as forming part of the “state of the art” of the technology and the inventive concept of the patent claims;

More details can be read here. Back to top

Q. What is industrial applicability of an invention?

The invention as claimed in patent specification should meet the criteria that the invention can be made or used in some kind of industry. The word “Industry” broadly refers to having any useful and practical activity while excluding intellectual or aesthetic activity.

Under section 2(1)(ac) of Indian Patents Act, “capable of industrial application”, in relation to an invention, means that the invention is capable of being made or used in an industry.

However, patent claims relating to “Method of playing games” and “computer programming languages” are not considered to be industrially applicable. The detailed description of the patent specification must disclose a practical application and industrial use for the claimed invention wherein a concrete benefit must be derivable directly from the description coupled with common general knowledge.

Therefore, while drafting patent application, writing the advantages of the invention in the last few paragraphs will be helpful to illustrate the industrial applicability of the invention. More details can be read here. Back to top

Q. What is the meaning of sufficiency of disclosure?

While drafting a patent application, writing the detailed description of the patent application includes explaining each and every element of the patent claims. One should note that the patent examiner takes into consideration the whole patent document which is read with patent claims and drawings (if any) to determine patentability of the invention.

‘What’ is the invention and ‘How to perform it’ requirement should be taken care off before submitting the Patent Application before the Indian Patent Office. The complete specification should therefore disclose the invention completely to meet the requirement of the Patents Act and should also enable a person skilled in the art to work the invention without any assistance of the patentee or any further experimentation. More details can be read here. Back to top

Law Office of Rahul Dev, Patent Attorneys and Technology Corporate Lawyers, represents a law firm headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana, with associate offices in New Delhi, in the proximity of the Indian Patent and Trademark Office. We are primarily focused on intellectual property law and provide patent services and patent consultation for large, multi-national corporations, universities, middle-market and emerging market companies, and startups and entrepreneurs.

Patent Prosecution in India

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We handle patent prosecution in India by facilitating the interaction between inventors, patent applicants and Indian patent office, which usually includes highly complex technical and legal issues. Our team has significant experience in handling the entire patent process in India and we possess strong understanding of the relevant procedures and the potential pitfalls.

We have successfully advised our clients to obtain patent protection in India and across international jurisdictions (US, Europe, UK, Singapore, Malaysia) for a wide scale of technologies, and our patent attorneys possess years of experience in patent research, patent prior art searches, patentability analysis, patent analytics, patent application drafting, patent claim drafting, patent prosecution, , licensing, and other intellectual property-related issues.

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Advocate Rahul Dev is a Patent Attorney & International Business Lawyerpracticing Technology, Intellectual Property & Corporate Laws. He is reachable at rd (at) patentbusinesslawyer (dot) com & @rdpatentlawyeron Twitter

Quoted in and contributed to 50+ national & international publications(Bloomberg, FirstPost, SwissInfo, Outlook Money, Yahoo News, Times of India, Economic Times, Business Standard, Quartz, Global Legal Post, International Bar Association, LawAsia, BioSpectrum Asia, Digital News Asia, e27, Leaders Speak, Entrepreneur India, VCCircle, AutoTech)

Regularly invited to speak at international & national platforms (conferences, TV channels, seminars, corporate trainings, government workshops) on technology, patents, business strategy, legal developments, leadership & management

Working closely with patent attorneys along with international law firmswith significant experience with lawyers in Asia Pacific providing services to clients in US and Europe. Flagship services include international patent and trademark filingspatent services in India and global patent consulting services.

Law office of Rahul Dev is a niche technology and research based law firm focusing on next generation business and legal issues faced in India and outside India during international business and cross-border technology transactions. We assist our clients in close collaboration with our associates and counsels within India and outside by providing custom engagement models to address our client’s needs.

Practice areas include drafting and filing patent applications, patent prior art searches, patent prosecution, patent filing in India, PCT national phase entry in India, PCT international applications with WIPO, freedom to operate searches, patentability analysis and patent strategy to create a valuable patent portfolio.

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Patent Office Action

Once a patent application is filed with the patent office, patent applicants are required to submit request for early publication of patent application in addition to request for patent examination. Once a patent examination request is filed, the patent office examines the patent application in accordance with patent procedure and provides a patent examination report (patent office action) to the patent applicants.

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Indian Patent Office Procedure

As per the procedure followed by the Indian Patent Office, the patent specification filed by the patent applicant includes invention details and patent claims. As it is well known, the most important aspect of the patent application are the patent claims because the patent claims define the scope of the invention.

Patent Examination in India

Generally, the patent examiner issues an office action setting forth the basis for rejecting one or more patent claims with respect to prior art / novelty patent search conducted by the patent examiner. The patent applicant responds with amendments in patent claims/ patent drawings and/or arguments, and the examiner issues a next office action, etc. This process continues until the patent application is allowed, abandoned, or appealed.

First Examination Report – FER

In accordance with applicable laws and rules, patent applicants are required to submit a detailed response the patent examination report (FER or first examination report) within 6 months of issuance of the first examination report or the office action. A general strategy that can be followed to draft office action response includes preparing submissions for each of the objections raised by the patent examiner. For example, for objections relating to novelty and inventive step (non-obviousness), one of the strategies can be to amend the patent claims by limiting the scope of originally filed claims. This can be done in consultation with a patent attorney, whereby, certain features from the dependent claims (or detailed description) can be added to the independent claims to ensure that the amended claims are novel and inventive as compared to the prior arts (patent and non-patent literature) cited by the patent examiner. Therefore, chances of overcoming such objections get better when novel aspects of the invention are combined with the independent claims.

Patentability of Invention

When a patent application is examined by the patent office, the primary goal of the patent examiner is to determine the patentability of the invention as defined by the patent claims, as described in detail by the patent description, and as illustrated by way of patent drawings. The intention is to ensure that the technology covered by the patent application is new and the subject matter of the patent description and patents claims was not disclosed in public domain before the date of filing of patent application, or before the first priority date of the patent application.

Definition of Invention

In accordance with the Indian Patents Act, 1970, definition of invention and inventive step include:

Section 2(1) (j) “invention” means a new product or process involving an inventive step and capable of industrial application;

Section 2(1) (ja) “inventive step” means a feature of an invention that involves technical advance as compared to the existing knowledge or having economic significance or both and that makes the invention not obvious to a person skilled in the art;

In essence, the inventive step of the technology to be patented should illustrate technical advancement or economic significance in the subject matter of the patent application as compared to the existing knowledge which is already known to a person skilled in the similar domain.

View of Indian Courts on Determining Inventive Step

In Biswanath Prasad Radhey Shyam vs Hindustan Metal Industries Ltd, it was held by the Indian Supreme court that “The expression” does not involve any “inventive step” and its equivalent word “obvious”, have acquired special significance in the terminology of Patent Law. The ‘obviousness’ has to be strictly and objectively judged. For this determination, several forms of the question have been suggested. Was it for Practical Purposes obvious to a skilled worker, in the field concerned, in the state of knowledge existing at the date of the patent to be found in the literature then available to him, that he would or should make the invention the subject of the claim concerned?

To determine Invention Step, the following points should be taken into consideration:

(a) Identify the “person skilled in the art”, i.e. a competent craftsman in same domain or engineer as distinguished from a mere artisan

(b) Identify the relevant common general knowledge of that person at the priority date of filing the patent application;

(c) Identify the inventive concept of the patent claim in question;

(d) Identify what, if any, differences exist between the matter cited as forming part of the “state of the art” of the technology and the inventive concept of the patent claims;

Industrial Applicability of the Invention

The invention as claimed in patent specification should meet the criteria that the invention can be made or used in some kind of industry. The word “Industry” broadly refers to having any useful and practical activity while excluding intellectual or aesthetic activity.

Under section 2(1)(ac) of Indian Patents Act, “capable of industrial application”, in relation to an invention, means that the invention is capable of being made or used in an industry.

However, patent claims relating to “Method of playing games” and “computer programming languages” are not considered to be industrially applicable. The detailed description of the patent specification must disclose a practical application and industrial use for the claimed invention wherein a concrete benefit must be derivable directly from the description coupled with common general knowledge.

Therefore, while drafting patent application, writing the advantages of the invention in the last few paragraphs will be helpful to illustrate the industrial applicability of the invention.

Sufficiency of Disclosure

While drafting a patent application, writing the detailed description of the patent application includes explaining each and every element of the patent claims. One should note that the patent examiner takes into consideration the whole patent document which is read with patent claims and drawings (if any) to determine patentability of the invention.

‘What’ is the invention and ‘How to perform it’ requirement should be taken care off before submitting the Patent Application before the Indian Patent Office. The complete specification should therefore disclose the invention completely to meet the requirement of the Patents Act and should also enable a person skilled in the art to work the invention without any assistance of the patentee or any further experimentation.

What is the Invention: If the patent application relates to apparatus/system/device in a computer related invention (hardware based inventions), each and every feature of the invention should be described with drawings. However, if the said system/device/apparatus patent claims are worded in such a way that they merely and only comprise of a memory which stores instructions to execute the previously claimed method and a processor to execute these instructions, then this set of claims claiming a system/device /apparatus may be deemed as conventional and may not fulfil the eligibility criteria of patentability.

Law Office of Rahul Dev, Patent Attorneys and Technology Corporate Lawyers, represents a law firm headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana, with associate offices in New Delhi, in the proximity of the Indian Patent and Trademark Office. We are primarily focused on intellectual property law and provide patent services and patent consultation for large, multi-national corporations, universities, middle-market and emerging market companies, and startups and entrepreneurs.

Patent Prosecution in India

We handle patent prosecution in India by facilitating the interaction between inventors, patent applicants and Indian patent office, which usually includes highly complex technical and legal issues. Our team has significant experience in handling the entire patent process in India and we possess strong understanding of the relevant procedures and the potential pitfalls.

We have successfully advised our clients to obtain patent protection in India and across international jurisdictions (US, Europe, UK, Singapore, Malaysia) for a wide scale of technologies, and our patent attorneys possess years of experience in patent research, patent prior art searches, patentability analysis, patent analytics, patent application drafting, patent claim drafting, patent prosecution, , licensing, and other intellectual property-related issues.

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Advocate Rahul Dev is a Patent Attorney & International Business Lawyerpracticing Technology, Intellectual Property & Corporate Laws. He is reachable at rd (at) patentbusinesslawyer (dot) com & @rdpatentlawyeron Twitter

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Working closely with patent attorneys along with international law firmswith significant experience with lawyers in Asia Pacific providing services to clients in US and Europe. Flagship services include international patent and trademark filingspatent services in India and global patent consulting services.

Law office of Rahul Dev is a niche technology and research based law firm focusing on next generation business and legal issues faced in India and outside India during international business and cross-border technology transactions. We assist our clients in close collaboration with our associates and counsels within India and outside by providing custom engagement models to address our client’s needs.

Practice areas include drafting and filing patent applications, patent prior art searches, patent prosecution, patent filing in India, PCT national phase entry in India, PCT international applications with WIPO, freedom to operate searches, patentability analysis and patent strategy to create a valuable patent portfolio.

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Specialties: Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Infringement, Corporate & IP Strategy, Startups: Incorporation, Funding, Brand Management, Contracts & Agreements, Legal Research, SWOT, Corporate Governance, Due-diligence, Mergers & Acquisitions, Antitrust & Competition Laws, Regulatory Affairs, Freedom-to-Operate, Patent Drafting, Claim Drafting, Patent Searches, Office Actions Response, USPTO Patent appeal briefs, Patent Invalidation Analysis, Patent Opposition, Product-Claim Mapping, Patent Enforcement

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Blockchain ecosystem in India is evolving at a rapid pace and a proactive legal approach is required by blockchain lawyers in India to understand the complex nature of applicable laws and regulations.

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