The Indian Patent Office (IPO) has introduced e-filing services for patents way back in 2007, with the objective to carry out all communication and financial transactions online. The portal enabled users to file for new patents online. Stakeholders are successfully using this service. In an attempt to make the process more transparent and user friendly, the IPO has further developed the patent e-filing service. In addition to e-filing of patent applications, subsequent filings have also been integrated. The registered applicants, also have personal folders in the IPO's secure environment.
Advantages of the IPO's patent e-filing portal:
- Online patent filing
- Validation with IPO patent database.
- Unique user profile.
- Users can add or update their digital signatures on the IPO patent online filing platform.
- Transaction errors are minimum with improved procedures
The Controller General supervises the working of the Patents Act, 1970, as amended, the Designs Act, 2000 and the Trade Marks Act, 1999. The organisation also acts as an advisor to the Government on matters relating to these subjects. Geographical Indications Registry has been established in Chennai to administer the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registeration and Protection) Act, 1999 under the CGPDTM.
Class 3 digital signature certificate is essential for e-filing of patents. Once the registration is complete, the user needs to add his/ her digital signature. However, the user needs to install the digital signatures, on his/ her computer, prior to registering. In case the user loses the password, the user can login with the electronic signature and reset the password.