Digital Access Service open to patent applicants in India

Once an application is filed in India under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), certified copies of documents claiming priority and translated and verified copies of priority documents that are not in Hindi or English have to be submitted to the Indian Patent Office (IPO): (i) before the expiry of 31 months from the date of priority; or (ii) within three months from the date of filing in India. If this is not done, the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks has the right to disregard the priority of the application.

Ms. Jyoti Sharma discusses about Digital access services for patent applicants in her latest IBLJ article, which can be viewed at