Every application for patent is published after 18 months from the date of its filing or priority date whichever is earlier. However, following applications are not published.
- Application in which secrecy direction is imposed
- Application which has been abandoned u/s 9(1) and
- Application which has been withdrawn 3 months prior to 18 months
The publication of every application includes the particulars of the date of application, number of application, name and address of the applicant and the abstract.