The Indian Patent Office has issued a set of guidelines for startups to help them in the process of filing patents, trademarks and designs. According to the guidelines a startup will require a facilitator who will assist them in the application process.
The facilitator will also assess whether a particular application deserves a patent for the invention. The assessment will be as per the rules laid down by the Controller General Patents, Designs and Trademarks. The facilitator will also have to guide the startup into a step-by-step process of filing the patent application as well preparing the answers to any query made by the Patent Office with regard to the application. If the startup is unable to find a facilitator they will have to contact the Patent Office who shall give them an option of three facilitators from which one will have to be selected.
The Office has currently provided a list of 280 facilitators for startups.
While the application and other statutory fees will be borne by the startup, the government will provide the cost of facilitation for filing of patents, trademarks and designs in order to give a leg-up to new entrepreneurs.
It is being hoped that this move will create more awareness regarding intellectual property rights among startups and guide them on how to protect and make use of the same for their benefit.