The Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade marks (CGPDTM), India has released a public notice on June 14, 2016 stating that, the number of requests for expedited examination, under rule 24C of Patent (Amendment Rules), 2016, received by the Patent Office till December 31, 2016 has been restricted to 1000.
The said limitation is imposed by the CGPDTM under sub- rule 13 of Rule 24C of Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2016. The said rule states that;
“24C. Expedited examination of applications.-
(13) Notwithstanding anything contained in this rule, the Controller may limit the number of requests for expedited examination to be received during the year by way of a notice to be published in the official journal.
The said rule came into force on May 16, 2016.
The present public notice is issued to ensure that, the purpose of expedited examination can be fulfilled and efficient working of CGPDTM’s office can also be ensured.
Application for expedited examination can be filed under Form 18A, as given in the Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2016. The fee for filing an application under Rule 24C is prescribed in entry 14A of Table I of the First Schedule of the Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2016. Significantly, only e- filing option is available for application under Rule 24C.
This Public Notice dated June 14, 2016 is available