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DIPP likely to dispose of 2 lakh pending patent applications in 2 yrs

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The (DIPP) is taking several steps including hiring more manpower as it hopes to dispose of over 2 lakh pending patent applications in two years, an today said.

The also said that filing of patent applications by Indian companies in the country has increased.

"We hope that in the next two years, we would be able to remove all the pending patent applications. We have increased ," the official, who did not wish to be named, said.

Over 2.32 were pending with the as on November 30 last year.

Pendency of patent applications is primarily due to shortage of technical manpower.

The is carrying out first examination report for as many as 6,000 applications in a month from the earlier about 1,500.

Under the expedited examination mechanism of patents, as many as 53 patents have been granted, the added.

In 2016-17, 9,847 patents were granted by as against 6,326 in the previous year.

Manpower in the intellectual property offices has been augmented significantly through creation of new posts.

Recruitment has been completed for 459 posts of examiners of patents and designs, in addition to the earlier 130.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 21:45 IST