Indian Patent Office has issued rules for facilitators and new startups concerning filling, processing and handling of uses for patent, designs and trademarks intending to empower budding entrepreneurs, business people and boost innovation & advancement.
According to the new rules, a startup willing to file a patent application for an innovation will need to choose a facilitator who would help in setting up the request furthermore assess the patentability of the invention according to acts and standards, the Controller General Patents, Designs and Trade Marks said in an open notification.
“On the off chance that the startup can’t choose a facilitator, it should contact the head office of the individual Patent Office according to jurisdiction, who should give 3 names of the facilitator to choose from and the startup will conclude the name,” the notification included.
It said the charge for documenting the application and other statutory expenses would need to be borne by the startup.
The facilitator shall also have to monitor and perform further steps of proceedings of startups patent application, prepare the reply to any query from patent office.The office has already released a list of about 280 facilitators in such regard.
It further said, for documenting, filling and handling applications for designs, the patent facilitators would give their services.
It was also announced in the action plan for budding entrepreneurs that the government has decided to bear the entire cost of facilitation of patents, trademarks or designs.
The move is taken with an aim to promote awareness and adoption of intellectual property rights by startups and facilitate them in protecting and commercialising those rights.