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Procedure of Software Patents in India

The Indian patent office has published a manual of patent office practice and procedure, which explains the functioning of the patent office by describing multiple steps of the patent registration process in India, including, patent application filing, patent prosecution, patent examination, issuance of patent examination report, patent hearings, patent grant, issuance of patent certificate, pre-grant patent opposition, post-grant patent opposition, and renewal of granted patents in India.

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Why is Patent Search Required?

Prior art searches can have serious financial consequences as they can put into question a research programme or the commercialization of a new product or process. While one can adopt, in an initial phase, an amateurish approach, the complete analysis must be left to information specialists using professional tools.