Expedited examination fast-tracks patent grants in India

The grant of a patent in India usually takes a time period of 3-4 years or more. Normally, the process of grant for a patent involves a major ladder comprising its examination.  Bearing in mind that the patent term in India is limited to 20 years from the date of filing of the patent application irrespective of any delay in processing of the application, this significantly reduces the patent term and puts the applicants at a considerable loss.

More particularly, with the fast moving and changing technology, the real question is —> Is it really worth to file for a patent for an invention when only the patent is granted after the technology with respect to the invention, has already become obsolete or outdated?

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