“Indian patent statistics, Interesting inventions, “Workshop on IP Rights” to be hosted by Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, G.K Law College to organize a National Seminar on IPR, EPO’s first patent publication and other Weekly Patent News updates” presented by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Patent Firm.

Quote of the Week

“Owning Intellectual Property is like owning land. You need to keep investing in it again to get a payoff; you can’t simply sit back and collect rent.” – Esther Dyson, a Swiss-born American author, investor and philanthropist.

Indian Patent Statistics

A total of 832 patent applications have been published in the 51st issue of the patent journal. Out of the 832 applications, 20 applications account for early publications while 812 applications account for ordinary publications or publications occurring after the 18-month period. A total of 365 applications have been granted this week thereby marking an increase of 59.38% in total grants as compared to the preceding week.

Early Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 1 6 500% increase
Mumbai 22 2 90.90% decrease
Chennai 26 12 53.84% decrease
Kolkata 17
Total 66 20 69.69% decrease

Ordinary Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 644 495 23.13% decrease
Mumbai 51 69 35.29% increase
Chennai 236 226 4.23% decrease
Kolkata 117 22 81.19% decrease
Total 1048 812 22.51% decrease

TOTAL PUBLICATIONS (Previous Week): 1114


Percentage difference: 25.31% decrease

First Examination Report (FER) Statistics

A total of 1353 FER’s have been 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 525
Mumbai 199
Chennai 416
Kolkata 213
Total 1353


City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 91 139 52.74% increase
Mumbai 41 58 41.46% increase
Chennai 64 97 51.56% increase
Kolkata 33 71 115.15% increase
Total 229 365 59.38 % increase

 Number of Applications published based on applicant city

Of the total 832 patent applications published in the journal last week, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata have contributed a total of 57 applications. The total applications from each of the previously mentioned cities are as follows – 16 applications from Chennai, 22 applications from Bangalore, 9 applications from Delhi, 10 applications from Hyderabad, no applications were published from Mumbai and Kolkata.

List of Cities 1st January 2018 – 21st December 2018 15th December 2018 – 21st  December 2018
Delhi 1020 9
Mumbai 869 0
Bangalore 1147 22
Chennai 794 16
Hyderabad 511 10
Kolkata 262 0

Total number of applications published by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2018 till date: 38418

  • Early publications: 3714
  • Ordinary Publications: 35179

Total number of patents granted by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2018 till date: 13518

  • Delhi – 4972
  • Mumbai – 1709
  • Chennai – 4296
  • Kolkata – 2645

Indian Industrial Designs Statistics

The designs office has registered a total of 145 designs this week. The total designs registered from the 1st of January 2018 till date now adds to a total of 8037 applications.

Total designs registered in the previous Week: 142

Total designs registered this Week: 145

Percentage Difference: 2.06% increase

Total designs registered from the 1st of January 2018 till date: 8037

Interesting Inventions of the Week


Patent Application No.: 201821036407

Applicant: Shaila Chugh et.al

Abstract: “This project presents a device developed for subsystem of eye activity research. The task of the sensor, along with dedicated software is to track the activity of the eyes and the determination of the direction of eyes. To achieve the determined target the infrared radiator controller, the radiator and the sensor itself was developed and tested. This was followed by tests of the produced device in the laboratory and in different conditions (day and night).” (The abstract has been provided as is and has not been corrected for errors)


Patent Application No.: 201841047125

Applicant: Dr. P. Gnana Sundari

Abstract:  “The drone nowadays dominance most of industries and capable of doing remarkable works where human cannot do. One such thing is supplying food in the disaster vicinity. This is developed for that specific purpose and also aiding the rescue team for such a critical operations. It is fitted with the camera (4) and sensor (2) to identify the human beings in that region specifically and delivers the food in that particular zone. In addition to that this could be operated automatically or manually.” (The abstract has been provided as is and has not been corrected for errors)


Patent Application No.: 201721021495

Applicant: Ms. Shweta Madhukar Deotale

Abstract:  “The present invention deals with chocolates based on jaggery-instead of sucrose (sugar )-to provide unique health benefits. Various types of jaggeries were used for preparing jaggery based chocolates such as: solid jaggery, Liquid jaggery, granular jaggery and palm based jaggery. Solid jaggery based chocolates with acceptable organoleptic and textural properties comprised of: Solid jaggery, cocoa powder, soy lecithin, butter, skimmed milk powder and Glycerol mono stearate (GMS)-at appropriate concentrations. Methods of making chocolates using solid jaggery as well as other types of jaggeries are described.” (The abstract has been provided as is and has not been corrected for errors)

Patent infringement, disputes and settlements

FMC Corporation wins a patent infringement suit, in India

FMC Corporation, a US based company involved in the making of and providing agricultural solutions to farmers has recently been awarded an interim injection by the Delhi High Court in a case involving two Indian pesticide manufacturers who have been accused of infringing two of the company’s patents. FMC in its submission had contended that one of its patents containing “Chlorantraniliprole” as the active ingredient was used without authorization by two companies. The active ingredient is used in the manufacture of two pesticides – Coragen and Ferterra which are widely employed by farmers in India.

International Patent News

Development of Intellectual Property in Azerbaijan: Innovative and High-Tech Startups Conference, held in Geneva

The Ministry of Transport, Communication and High Technologies, Intellectual Property Agency, WIPO and The International Telecommunications Union, organized a Conference on 21st December, 2018. The Conference was held at the WIPO headquarters, in Geneva, to mark the 100th year of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. In June 2018, the Government of Azerbaijan had signed an MoU with WIPO in order to advance the IP system and increase cooperation. Francis Gurry, Director of WIPO said that the development of IP laws was key to the economic progress of the state. A number of presentations were delivered by the country’s leading startups from diverse fields.

EPO’s first patent publication

The European Patent Office (EPO) has a number of reasons to celebrate as the year draws to a close. On 20th December 1978 i.e. forty years ago, the EPO published its first ever patent application – EP 0 000 001 that was later issued a patent on 7th January, 1981. The original document can be accessed here. Another notable event for the EPO is that 2018 marks the 20th year anniversay of launch of Espacenet, the public patent search database of the EPO. The EPO in November this year, launched a beta version of the new Espacenet service with improved functionality.

Cooperative Republic of Guyana in process of establishing a strong IP Regime

The Republic of Guyana is seeking guidance from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to revamp its Intellectual Property Laws. The Foreign Ministry announced that their primary focus is to now frame laws that strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights in the country. President, David Granger also stated that safeguarding IP rights would be his principal agenda. The Foreign Affairs Minister has indicated that the process of drafting the National Intellectual Property Strategy (NIPS) under the guidance of WIPO is already underway and the draft could be completed by the mid of 2019.

Compiled by Vibha Amarnath

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