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Who can apply: 
Inventor, his assignee or legal representative of deceased inventor.

What is protected:
A new Product or Process having inventive step and Industrial Applicability.

Language of filing: 
English. May also be filed in Hindi.

International convention: 
India is a member of Paris Convention, PCT and Budapest Treaty.

First to file or first to invent: 
First to file.

Novelty: 
Absolute.

Term : 
Twenty years from the effective date of filing.

Request for examination: 
Yes. Within 48 months from the priority date.

Expedited prosecution: 
Expedited request for examination can be filed before 31 months of the priority date for PCT national phase applications.

Prosecution:
Must be completed within 12 months of the filing date.

Type of application: 
Invention Patent, Divisional Patent application and Patent of Addition. There is no utility model law in India.

Power of authority: 
Required. Can be filed anytime before grant without any penalty.

Assignment:
Proof of right is required when application is filed by the assignee.

Not patentable: 
Atomic energy related inventions. Software per se, Business Method ,Discovery, Use claims, Method of  treatment, Plant and Animals in whole or any part thereof.

Micro-organism: 
New variety (Genetically modified) allowed. Reluctance in allowing known micro-organism isolated / purified from nature. No definition of Micro-organism  in the Act.

Can an Indian resident file first outside India: 
Indian residents need to file first in India and wait for six weeks before filing abroad OR obtain foreign filing license.

More than one independent claim: 
With single inventive concept allowed.

Multiple dependent claim: 
Allowed without additional cost.

Unity of invention: 
Test of unity is similar to PCT.

Amendment of specification: 
Possible by way of voluntary amendment before and even after grant.

Provisional protection: 
Available from the date of Publication in the Official journal on expiry of 18 months from the priority date.

Pre-grant opposition: 
Can be filed any time before grant by any person by way of representation.

Post-Grant opposition : 
Can be filed within one year of grant by way of notice of opposition, full written statement and evidence, by a person interested.

Revocation proceeding: 
Anytime during the life of patent by a person interested.

Compulsory licensing: 
Provision available under a few circumstances including non-working but seldom exercised.

Working of invention: 
Includes importation.

Infringement suit: 
Can be filed after grant but damages from the date of publication.

Infringement remedy:
Damages, Accounts of Profit, Cost award.

Annuity: 
Can be paid only after grant with provision to pay back taxes. Annuity is calculated from the third anniversary of filing.

Who can file: 
Legitimate Owner.

What is protected: 
2D or 3D Shape, Outer Configuration, Ornamental surface pattern, Colour Scheme.

What is not allowed: 
Mechanical contrivance of a design.

Multiple priority: 
Not Allowed. For similar but not same designs separate applications required.

Inventor details: 
Not required.

International treaties: 
Paris Convention and Locarno Agreement.

Term: 
Initially Ten years from the priority date extendable by another 5 years.

Request for examination: 
Not Required.

Prosecution completed: 
Within 6 months of filing.

Power of authority: 
Required.

Cancellation proceedings: 
Available.

Infringement proceeding: 
Available after registration.

Infringement remedy:
Injunction, damages.

Who can file:
Legitimate owner.

What is protected:
Visual symbol which may be a distinguishing  word signature, name, device, label, numerals or  combination of colours used by an owner on goods or services.

Well known foreign mark:
Protected.

3-dimensional Mark:
Allowed

Sound mark:
Allowed when represented in conventional notation or described in words by being graphically represented.

Priority:
Allowed according to Paris Convention. 6 months from Basic filing.

Term:
Perpetual, subject to renewal every ten years.

Classification:
Nice classification 9th edition.

Madrid protocol:
Soon to be implemented

Registration:
Takes about 18-24 months.

Appeal against Registrar’s decision:
To the Intellectual Property Appellate Board.

Advertisement:
Normally on acceptance.

Opposition:
Within 4 months of advertisement.

Non-use:
For 5 years and 1 month can lead to revocation.

What is protected:
Original literary,dramatic,musical and artistic words.Cenamatograph films,Sound Recording.

Owner:
Ordinarily the author is the first owner of copyright in a work.

International convention:
India is a member of the Bern Convention and UCC.

Registration:
Registration is not mandatory. However, certificate of registration of copyright  is prima facie evidence in case of a dispute relating to ownership of copyright.

Term: 
Lifetime plus 60 years. Author is the first owner.

Software:
Protection through copyright . Treated as literary work.

Violation:
Knowingly infringing a copyright is a criminal offence.

Special Remedial Action:
Anton Pillar order can be obtained.

Suits:
Can be filed where the plaintiff carries on business.

Court jurisdiction:
The relevant District Court  has the jurisdiction in civil suits regarding copyright infringement.

Fair use:
There exists “fair use” provision.