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What is a patent and how does it help a company?

Which is the patent granting authority in India?

Who can file for a patent in India?

Where can I file a patent in India?

Who is an Indian Patent Agent?

What is the difference between a patent agent and a patent attorney?

What is the process of acquiring a patent in India?

Who can help me file a patent application in India?

What value does a patent search add to me?

Where can I perform a patent search?

Can I search for patents in India?

What is patentability opinion or patentability analysis?

Can I perform a patent search by myself?

Are there free databases for patent search?

What is an invalidity search?

What is a Freedom to Operate (FTO) Search?

If freedom to operate exists for a product, does it mean that the product is patentable as well?

If a product/process is patentable, does it mean that freedom to operate exists for that product?

What is patent infringement?

What is infringement analysis and when must it be done?

What is prosecution history?

Why is prosecution history required?

What is an invention disclosure form?

Do I need to file a patent through a patent agent in India?

When can I file the pre-grant opposition?

When can I file for post-grant opposition?

How is Patent drafting India done?

Why do you need an expert for patent drafting?

Who is the best person to draft a patent?

What documents are required for patent filing?

What are the defenses to patent infringement?

What do you mean by patent opposition?

Who can file for patent opposition?

What rights does a patent holder get?

What is patent watch?

Why would anyone be interested in a patent watch?

What is patent renewal and how must it be filed in India?

What is the role of patent agent in the patent process?

What is patent watch?

What is patent examination?

When is a patent application published and what is the role of publication?

Can I file a PCT application in India?

Can I file a PCT application from India?

What are the benefits of filing a PCT application?

In how many countries can I get protection by filing a PCT application?

When should we consider filing a PCT application?

Is a patent valid globally? Is there something called a global patent?

What is the best recommended strategy for patent filing?

Are patent services delivered from your Bangalore offices at ipMetrix?

Is patent drafting done in Bangalore too?

How do your patent services delivered from India compare with those of foreign firms?

Who can file a trademark in India?

What is the procedure for filing a trademark application?

What are the qualities of a good trademark?

What is trademark watch?

What is trademark infringement?

What are the remedies in case of trademark infringement?

Can a trademark be opposed?

How does an applicant ensure that his mark does not constitute trademark infringement?

What is trademark renewal?

Can trademark status be checked online?

What is the approximate time taken to get a trademark registered in India?

Once a mark is registered in India, can the applicant assert protection outside India?

What is the difference between trademark infringement and passing off?

Can the ownership of a trademark be transferred?

What if the goods or services of applicant fall under more than one class?

What is a trademark examination report?

What is the consequence of not responding to the examination report?

When does publication of a trademark happen?

Can a trademark be amended after filing?

What do symbols (R) and TM signify?

What is trademark portfolio management?

What is Madrid Protocol? Is India a party to the Madrid Protocol?

What is trademark search? Is there any database available for doing a search?

What is the procedure for filing trademark opposition?

What is the filing process and the timelines in USA, UK and EU?

What is the process of acquiring a patent in India?
Acquiring patent involves the following steps of patent application preparation and filing:
1. Invention disclosure

We provide an invention disclosure format to facilitate inventors to provide relevant information. The invention disclosure format contains a list of questions arranged in a logical manner to capture the essence and details of the invention required to perform search and prepare patent specification draft. After reviewing the invention disclosure document, we request for one call or face to face meeting with the inventor to ensure that we understand the invention correctly.
2. Patentability search

Patentability search is not a mandatory step. In most projects, after receiving the invention disclosure and confirming our understanding with the inventor, we perform a search and prepare the patentability search report. Our patentability search report provides information about relevant prior art existing and also provides a rating on the strength of the invention in relation to the closest prior art uncovered. With the help of the report, you can make an informed decision on whether you would like to go ahead with the next steps in the patent process or not.
The turn-around time for a comprehensive patentability search report is 5-7 working days
3. Patent specification preparation

If you choose to go ahead with the patenting process after reviewing the patentability search report, we start the process of drafting the specification. The drafting process involves 2 to 3 iterations with the inventor where our analyst seeks clarifications or inputs or review comments from the inventor.
The turn-around time for drafting a specification is about 3 - 4 weeks. The turn-around time for drafting can vary significantly depending on the availability of the inventors.
4. Application preparation and filing

While the drafting process is in progress, our portfolio will be in touch with the inventors and applicants to gather relevant information and signatures. The portfolio team prepares the application forms and keeps it ready for filing. Once the drafting process is complete and a specification is ready for filing, portfolio team files the application either using in-house resources or through a partner attorney, depending on the country of interest.
Filing an application after drafting typically takes 1- 3 days.