New Delhi, Dec 15 (IBNS): A senior commerce ministry official Saturday inaugurated the comprehensive online Patent filing services of the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks.
Saurabh Chandra, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, India Ministry of Commerce and Industry, inaugurated the service.
The event held at Boudhik Sampada Bhawan was attended by senior officers of the Department, officials of the Patent office, officials of National Informatics Centre and Patent Attorneys.
The Patent Office first launched the e-filing services for Patents in 2007 which enabled online filing of new applications for Patents.
Appreciating the significance of being more transparent and user friendly in building confidence among stakeholders, the IPO further developed the system so as to cover comprehensive e-filing for Patents, wherein, in addition to online filing of New Applications, subsequent filings have also been integrated.
The newly launched services upgrade the existing e-filing system to include the facility to file all the prescribed Forms along with prescribed fees for registration of Patents.
The web based system allows dual way login through user id or through digital signature.
It has also simplified the e-filing process and eliminates transaction errors. The users can own and manage personal folders in the Patent Office environment.
The user needs a Class III Digital Signature and an internet banking account for e-filing. Currently the payment gateway of the State Bank of India and Axis Bank has been integrated in the system. It is proposed to add more payment gateways in future.
During the current year nearly one third of the total applications received till the end of November, has been filed online.
This launch which is part of the efforts done by the office to move towards a complete paperless virtual office is expected to further enhance the confidence of all stakeholders and to multiply the number of patent applications e-filed in the office.