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This week’s Patent & Design data has been compiled from the Official Journal of the Patents and Designs published by the patent office on the 19th of June 2020. These statistics are presented to you by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Intellectual Property Firm.


A total of 685 patent applications have been published in the 25th issue of the Patent Journal, 2020. Out of the 685 applications published in the journal, 149 applications account for early publications while 536 applications account for ordinary publications or publications occurring after the 18 – month period. A total of 378 applications have been granted last week as compared to 505 grants in the week preceding the last thereby marking a decrease of about 25.15%

Early Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 2 69 3350% increase
Mumbai 11 29 163.64% increase
Chennai 116 39 66.38% decrease
Kolkata 15 12 20% decrease
Total 144 149 3.47% increase

Ordinary Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 155 131 15.48% decrease
Mumbai 99 70 29.29% decrease
Chennai 333 254 23.72% decrease
Kolkata 8 81 912.5% increase
Total 595 536 9.92% decrease

TOTAL PUBLICATIONS (Previous Week): 739


Percentage difference: 7.31% decrease


A total of 1,255 FER’s were issued last week. Applicants and their agents can check if any of their patent applications have been examined by referring to the journal available here.

City No. of FER Issued
Delhi 515
Mumbai 191
Chennai 415
Kolkata 134
Total 1,255

Publications under Grant

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 173 124 28.32% decrease
Mumbai 73 62 15.07% decrease
Chennai 172 139 19.19% decrease
Kolkata 87 53 39.08% decrease
Total 505 378 25.15% decrease

Number of Applications published based on ‘Applicant City’

Of the total 685 patent applications published in the journal last week, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata have contributed a total of 143 applications. The total applications from each of the previously mentioned cities are as follows – 36 applications from Delhi, 39 applications from Mumbai, 20 applications from Pune, 18 applications from Bangalore, 14 applications from Chennai and 12 applications from Hyderabad and 4 applications from Kolkata.

List of Cities 1st of January till date 12th June 2020 to 19th June 2020
Delhi 458 36
Mumbai 748 39
Pune 381 20
Bangalore 579 18
Chennai 562 14
Hyderabad 309 12
Kolkata 87 4


Total early publications 2,712
Total ordinary publications 15,899
Total applications published 18,611
Total grants in Delhi 3,626
Total grants in Mumbai 1,692
Total grants in Chennai 3,611
Total grants in Kolkata 1,810
Total Grants 10,739
Total applications examined 32,147


The design office has registered a total of 204 designs this week. The total designs registered from the 1st of January 2020 till date now adds to a total of 3,798 applications.

  • Total designs registered in the previous Week: 203
  • Total designs registered this Week: 204

Total designs registered from the 1st of January 2020 till date: 3,798

Data compiled by Jaya Pandey

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