The Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks issued Public Notice No. CG/F/Public Notice- Designs/2015/46 on March 09, 2015 announcing the digitization of filing system with respect to Design Registration in India.
In order to expand the paperless environment and add ease of access in all the offices under Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks, electronic filing system has also been extended for the filing of new applications for registration of Designs.
All the applicants/stakeholders can now file Design applications through the official portal of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks. The e-facility enables the applicant to pay via the comprehensive payment gateway comprising net banking, debit cards, ATM cards and credit cards.
As per the Patent Amendment Rules, applicants have been divided in two main categories namely: “natural person” and “other than natural person(s)” categories. Second category of applicants has been further divided in to two sub-categories
1) “small entity”
2) “others except small entity” and fee structure is amended accordingly.
The basic fee for filing a design application has been revised based on the mode which the applicant opts to lodge his/her application. The different modes available for filing a patent application are through e-filing or in a physical form (i.e. submit physical copy of the application). The Amendment in rules provide for 10% lesser fee as compared to physical filing of the application at the Indian Patent Office. The major benefit of e-filing system is that the application can now be filed at any place, any time thereby meeting urgent deadlines.
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