The date of priority is the date on which the patent application either with provisional specification or with complete specification is filed at the patent office.
A Patent is a statutory right for an invention granted for a limited period of time to the patentee by the Government, in exchange of full disclosure of his invention for excluding others, from making, using, selling, importing the patented product or process for producing that product for those purposes without his consent.
Criteria of patentability –
An invention to become patentable subject matter must meet the following criteria –
- It should be novel.
- It should have inventive step or it must be non-obvious.
- It should be capable of Industrial application.
- It should not fall within the provisions of section 3 and 4 of the Patents Act 1970.
From 20th July, 2007 the Indian Patent Office has put in place an online filing system for patent application. More information for filing online application is available on the website of Patent Office i.e. www.ipindia.nic.in. This facility is also available for filing trademarks application.