What are stages of development of a successful invention?

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Identification of a problem that needs to be solved. • Inventing a solution to the problem, which works. • Developing a prototype or being able to demonstrate the invention to prove how it works. • Filing a patent application to protect the invention so that it can be disclosed to other people. • Arranging the… Read more »

Is there provision for extension beyond time limit of 12 months?

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There is no provision for extension of time beyond the period of 12 months. 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… Read more »

Are there any differences in the filing of patent applications in respect of microbiological inventions and other inventions?

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An inventor is required to deposit the strain of a microorganism in a recognized depository which assigns a registration number to the deposited microorganism. This number needs to be quoted in the patent application. Obviously a strain of microorganism is required to be deposited before filing a patent application. It may be observed that this… Read more »

What is the Budapest Treaty?

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This is an international convention governing the recognition of deposits in officially approved culture collections for the purpose of patent applications in any country that is a party to it. Because of the difficulties and on occasion of virtual impossibility of reproducing a microorganism from a description of it in a patent specification, it is… Read more »

What is the date of priority?

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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… Read more »

When an application for patent is published?

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Every application for patent is published after 18 months from the date of its filing or priority date whichever is earlier. However, following applications are not published. Application in which secrecy direction is imposed Application which has been abandoned u/s 9(1) and Application which has been withdrawn 3 months prior to 18 months. A Patent… Read more »

What does a patent application contain?

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A patent application has the following information – Bibliographic – It is in structure format. It contains the title of the invention, date of filing, country of filing, inventor’s name etc. Background of the invention or State of the art –  In this the inventor lists the state of the art available on the date… Read more »