Over 70,000 patents await examiners

Over 70,000 patents await examiners

“Over 70,000 applications are lying with us and we do not have adequate examiners. The process might take at least 3-4 years to approve and grant intellectual property rights to these applicants,” Controller General of Patents P H Kurian said.

There is a need of at least 260 people in the patent offices to examine applications and various other processes, he said. “Currently, we have only 150 officers but it is also not possible to increase the manpower overnight,” he said, adding that the problem is being addressed and might be resolved by 2012-13.

Current capacity of the set-up is to process 15,000 applications per year, while 70,000 are in the pipeline for examination, The increased growth of patent filing is due to timely amendments of the  Patents Act of 1970.

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