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Are you looking to register your invention as a patent in India and have been searching how to do patent search for it? Then you must stop over here. In this article, we have mentioned all the steps and information you need to know to carry out patent search in India.

What is Patent Registration?

Patent registration is a process of registering your invention under an intellectual property right. It is a step initiated by Indian government to provide a legal identity and to protect the invention of people. In return they have to provide all the proves to proof that the invention is unique and is useful enough to get registered.

However, patent registration is not for lifetime. After patent registration it is valid up to 20 years and after that the patent falls under the public domain.

What is patent search?

To prove that your patent is unique and is able to get registered, patent search is done that shows how unique is your invention. It is one of the most important steps for patent registration. One can do patent search by themselves or can take the help of legal companies who are trusted and well known with this procedure.

What is the importance of patent search?

As discussed, it is the most important step to do patent registration in India. Here are the reasons why it is important:

  • Determines the probability of having a patent granted to an invention.
  • Provides freedom to operate
  • To determine whether the patent is valid or not
  • Helps to know about similar inventions
  • Saves your money and time in case the patent is registered by someone else.

How to conduct a patent search in India?

It is not at all difficult to conduct a search for your patent however; a person needs to be very attentive and skilled to conduct it. The search does not cost you a single penny. Here is the process to conduct the patent search:

Visit the website: a person can do patent search through the Patent database of India. You need to visit website to conduct your patent search.

Select the desired publication type: Patent search can be conducted under two publications as per the status of the application. Those 2 publications types are published or granted. A person can select the desired publication type by clicking on the checkbox and can view various categories like:

  • Date of application
  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Patent number
  • Application number
  • Inventor names
  • Complete specifications of the inventions
  • Filling office and many more.

Fill in the category and keywords: The entire categories have drop down menus so that user does not face any difficulty to change the category. Every category has a search box nearby, where a user can input the keyword of the patent that he wants to view. After entering the keyword, the user has to clear the provided captcha code to move ahead for his search.

Patent information: once you have input the keywords, you will get relevant results of your search. You can find following information about the patent:

  • Title of the invention
  • Publication date and number
  • Type of publication
  • Application number
  • Date of filling application
  • Classification
  • Field of invention and many more.

Below this you can get complete and abstract specification of the patents.

Patent status: Abstract column has a summary of the patent application that can be viewed by the user to get the information regarding the patent. Under this, you will get a complete specification which gives the details about the specification mentioned by the user. At the end, there is an option through which the viewer can view the status of the application. Open it, to get the further details of the application.


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