On 15th October, 2013 The Indian Patent Office has achieved yet another milestone in the history of Indian patent system. Indian Patent office has start functioning as International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority under the Patent Cooperation.

This is a major development and in itself is a huge responsibility as well for the Indian Patent Office (IPO). The IPO will now be examining the PCT applications and preparing and providing International Search Reports (ISRs) and International Preliminary Examination Reports (IPERs) to the Applicants. The official language for search and examination by the IPO will be English. To avail this facility, Indian patent office has announced a nominal search Fee of approx 2500/10000 (Individual/ Company).