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Government Plans to Reduce Time for Issuing First Examination Report to 15 from 60 months

In an effort to progress the vision of "Make in India" more attractive to foreign manufacturers the Government of India has announced efforts to shorten the Period of Granting Patents in India to 15 months from the current time period of about 5 years. "Make in India" is one of the Government's flagship program that is designed to facilitate Investment and Innovation in to India. The Government has taken several Policy initiatives for establishing a vibrant IP regime in the country by efficient processing of IP applications by inducting additional manpower, augment IT facilities and automation in Intellectual Property Offices. Government is also attempting to adopt best practices in IP processing by strengthening public delivery of IP services and providing highest levels of transparency and user-friendliness.

Government also plans to hold a week long exhibition from 13th-18th February 206 in Mumbai to showcase the efforts made in regard to Make in India.

Recruitment of new examiners is under way, as many as 263 Examiners are being recruited on Contract basis and 459 permanent post have been created. The Chart below depicts the current strength of Examiners 185 (Excluding about 90 Controllers) at various patent office branches which will grow four fold after the recruitment.