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Checking Patent Status Online in India
Applicants often approach us asking us how they can check the status of their patent applications online. Through this post we attempt to show you how to exactly do this. The Indian Patent Office introduced the Indian patent search database called inPASS or Indian Patent Advanced Search System for the first time in 2015. inPASS replaced the then official database of the patent office called iPAIRS (Indian Patent Information Retrieval System) to provide for a more simple, robust and user friendly database.
So how does one check the status of patent applications filed in India online? The answer is rather simple.
Step 1: Access the patent search system / database on http://ipindiaservices.gov.in/publicsearch/
Step 2: If you know the patent application number, simply enter the application number in the field titled “Application Number”. Clicking on the search button at the end of the page will take you to a page displaying the application number, title, application date and status.
Step 3: Click on the ‘application number’ hyperlink. This will open up a new page / window giving you access to complete details of the application including the applicant details, inventor details, specification, etc.
Step 4: Now scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the ‘View Application Status’ button. This will open a new page / window where you will be able to view the details of the application along with the current application status.
The steps mentioned above are rather long and avoidable if all that you want to do is to check the status of your patent application. In such a case, all you need to do is select the ”Application Status” tab provided at the top of the search page and placed along with the tabs “Patent search” and “Patent E-register”.
Once you click on the “Application Status” box, all you need to do is enter the application number and captcha code in their respective fields and click on “Show Status”. Doing this will open a new page / window where you will be able to view the details of the application along with the current application status.
The “Patent E-register” tab is especially useful if you are searching for a granted patent application. Enter the patent number and the captcha code in their respective fields and click on “Show E-Register”. This will retrieve the grant and renewal fee details of the patent. Using this, you will be able to check whether the patent is currently in force, under extension or has lapsed. In case of a patent in force, you will also be able to see the upcoming renewal due date and validity period of the patent.
Checking the status of your patent applications online on a regular basis is a good practice. By doing this the applicants can check and monitor the status of their patent applications regularly and notify the patent office or their patent agents in case any discrepancies are observed.
Having filed over 3800 patent applications, BananaIP’s technology experts and attorneys bring both expertise and the experience of working with Fortune 500 companies, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), international governmental agencies, educational/research institutions, and start-ups. Should you require any professional help in the online filing of patent applications, monitoring and retrieving the status of a patent application among other activities please do feel free to contact us.
Authored by Gaurav Mishra