Recently, a notification was issued by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India regarding amendment of Patent Rules, 2003, by the draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2013, for public comments or suggestions on the same. The said draft rules aims to amend some provisions of the Patent Rules, 2003, particularly the First Schedule which states the official fee for filing and prosecution of patent applications.
The draft rules proposed a huge hike in the official fee which is double of the present official fee. Further, for the first time, in order to promote online filing of patents, different schedule of charges is proposed for the online and offline filing whereas high official fee is proposed for offline filing as compared to the online filing.
The draft amendment rules will be published in the official gazette of the Government of India in the coming months with or without changes, after receiving comments from the general public on the same.