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					                              PATENT PROSECUTION IN INDIA – FLOW CHART

    PROVISIONA L                              PCT INTERNATIONA L                     BASIC CONVENTION
    APPLICATION                                  APPLICATION                            APPLICATION


12 Months

 COMPLETE PATENT                                INDIAN NATIONAL                      INDIAN CONVENTION
   APPLICATION                                 PHASE APPLICATION                         APPLICATION




                                                                                          PUBLICATION
                                                                                            (18 months)
   REPRESENTATION
 (After publication, till grant)



                                          REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION
                                     (After publication, but within 36 months from
                                             date of p riority or date of filing)
                                                                                      Within 3 months from
                                                                                      the date on which the
                                                                                      Referen ce is made by
                                                                                      the Controller to th e
                                                                                      Examiner
                                      FIRST STATEMENT OF OBJECTIONS
                                           (May consider Rep resentation)
                                                                                         Objections Stand



                                          RESPONSE TO
                                   Ob jections Co mplied OFFICE ACTION
                                                       (6 months)
                                              (+ 3 months and/or Hearing)



                                                                                         REJECTION

                                                       GRANT
                          REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION
                              FOR CONVENTION
                                APPLICATION


                          CONVENTI ON APPLICATION




    PRE 2005, JANUARY 1
                                                    POST 2005, JANUARY 1



   CONVENTI ON
  PRIORITY DATE
                                                          CONVENTI ON
                                                         PRIORITY DATE


INDIAN FI LING DATE                                   INDIAN FI LING DATE

          18 Months                                   18 Months


   PUBLICATION                                            PUBLICATION

                  
48 MONTHS FROM THE                                    36 MONTHS FROM THE
    FILING DATE                                           PRIORITY DATE


36 MONTHS FROM THE
    PRIORITY DATE




 WHICHEVER IS
    LATER
                          REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION
                               FOR DIVISIONAL
                                APPLICATION

                           DIVISIONAL APPLICATION




    PRE 2005, JANUARY 1
                                                    POST 2005, JANUARY 1



 PRIORITY DATE OF                                      PRIORITY DATE OF
     THE BASIC                                             THE BASIC
   APPLICATION                                           APPLICATION


FILING DATE OF THE                                    FILING DATE OF THE
 BASIC APPLICATION                                     BASIC APPLICATION



36 MONTHS FROM THE                                      36 MONTHS FROM
    PRIORITY DATE                                        PRIORITY DATE
          OR                                                   OR
     FILING DATE                                          FILING DATE

                                                                          
6 MONTHS FROM THE                                     6 MONTHS FROM THE
 DATE OF FI LING OF                                      DATE OF FI LING
   THE DIVISIONAL
    APPLICATION

48 MONTHS FROM THE
    FILING DATE




 WHICHEVER IS                                           WHICHEVER IS
    LATER                                                  LATER
                          REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION
                           FOR PCT NATIONAL PHASE
                                 APPLICATION


                            PCT NATIONAL PHASE
                                APPLICATION




    PRE 2005, JANUARY 1                             POST 2005, JANUARY 1




   PRIORITY DATE                                         PRIORITY DATE




  INTERNATIONAL                                         INTERNATIONAL
    FILING DATE                                           FILING DATE




INDIAN FI LING DATE                                  INDIAN FI LING DATE


                                                                          
  48 MONTHS FROM                                       36 MONTHS FROM
    FILING DATE                                        DATE OF PRIORITY



  36 MONTHS FROM                                        36 MONTHS FROM
   PRIORITY DATE                                         DATE OF FI LING




  WHICHEVER IS                                           WHICHEVER IS
     LATER                                                 EARLIER

				
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