PR No. -306
August 22, 2022
A robust intellectual property system that guarantees a faster processing time is the need of the hour, for Indian Agriculture Sector; PHD Chamber
Mr. Pradeep Multani, President, PHDCCI, appreciated the government for launching all the dynamic initiatives and schemes in the Agriculture domain for the benefit of the farmers and partnering jointly with the industry for inclusive development and mentioned that these initiatives will ultimately help to achieve the vision of our Hon’ble Prime Minister of India of a “$5 trillion Economy” by 2026-27.
India is fast developing into a knowledge-based economy and knowledge is a precious wealth of any nation. Many companies have now started investing significantly in Research and Development and are conscious of the need to protect their intellectual property, added Mr Multani
At the outset, a robust intellectual property system that guarantees a faster processing time is the need of the hour for the Indian Agriculture Sector, added Mr Multani.
Mr N K Aggarwal, Chair, Agri – Business, Committee, PHDCCI, mentioned that while a lot has been done by the Indian patent office to reduce the pendency of applications, there is still a need to further reduce the pendency to ensure early grant of patents.
So, at various steps of the examination process, controllers and examiners should adhere to fixed timelines to enable fast-tracking of the applications, added Mr Aggarwal
The processing time of grant of patent in India is often stretched due to multiple pre-grant oppositions filed by “any person” and at any time u/s 25(1) before the grant of patent. One can observe a rampant misuse of the leeway provided within the provision concerning pre-grant opposition, for instance, filing of straw man oppositions just with the intention of delaying patent grant and many applications remain undecided for years due to lengthy proceedings involved leading to an increase in patent prosecution cost so high that applicant even starts considering abandoning the patent application, said Mr N K Aggarwal
There is a pressing need to amend section 25(1) of the Act to fix the time period within which the grant of a patent can be opposed and probably to also reconsider the eligibility of the persons who can file such oppositions. A provision to charge an official fee for filing pre-grant opposition should be seriously considered to curb the misuse, said Mr Aggarwal
The need of the hour is to bring the Indian patent law to catch up with the ever-changing industry requirements and technological development that have occurred over the years since its inception, added Mr Aggarwal.
A right step in this direction would be to do away with obsolete and irrelevant provisions in the patent act which have been de-incentivizing the patent filing in India. Doing so will certainly bring respite to the applicants from unnecessary burdensome costs and would amplify the patent filings in India, added Mr Aggarwal.
Warm Regards, Media Team PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry