In order to bring uniformity and consistency in patent examination, a number of guidelines on specific field of Science and Technology such as (i) Guidelines for processing of patent applications relating to traditional knowledge and biological materials, (ii) Guidelines for examination of biotechnology applications, and (iii) Guidelines for examination of patent applications in the field of pharmaceuticals, has been formulated in the recent past. A need is felt that patent office should now publish a comprehensive search and examination guidelines which will encompass all areas of technology and will reflect the office practice so as to achieve greater transparency in its working procedure.

The “Draft Guidelines for Search and Examination of Patent Applications” are hereby made available to the public. Comments/Suggestions, if any, on the same may be sent to the office of the CGPDTM latest by March 25, 2015 by emailto: birendrap.singh@nic.in

The original public notice is available here. The draft guidelines is available here.

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