Indian Patent Office commences New Patent Numbering system.

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Office of the Controller General of Patents, Design and Trademarks [CGPDT] published a circular bearing number 74/2015 on 31/12/2015 regarding the numbering system of patent Application and Request for Examination filed in the Indian Patent Office is being streamlined and standardized with a view to attain uniformity in accessibility and processing of patent applications by all patent Offices in India. Accordingly, a new format of numbering will be implemented with effect from January 01, 2016.  The said circular is available on the official website of the Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks at web link www.ipindia.nic.in. 

The new numbering system for patent applications shall have 12 character fixed length numeric standard Patent Application Format, applicable to all the patent offices in India and shall include identifiers of year of filing, jurisdiction, type of application and application number. Similarly, the numbering system of Request for Examination shall also be unified and standardized.

 

New Numbering Format for Patent Applications in India

Format: YYYYJTNNNNN

Where,

  • “YYYY” denotes four digit fixed length “Year of filing”
  • “J” denotes fixed length single digit “Jurisdiction” in numerals (1 for Delhi, 2 Mumbai, 3 for Kolkata, 4 for Chennai)
  • “T” denotes fixed length single digit “Type of Application” in numerals:
    • 1 for Ordinary
    • 2 for Ordinary-Divisional
    • 3 for Ordinary-Patent of Addition
    • 4 for Convention
    • 5 for Convention- Divisional
    • 6 for Convention-patent of Addition
    • 7 for PCT NP
    • 8 for PCT NP- Divisional
    • 9 for PCT NP-Patent of Addition
  • “NNNNNN” denotes 6 digits fixed length common continuous running serial number applicable for all Patent Offices in India.

The “NNNNNN” series of applications shall be unique and sequentially incremented for all the four patent offices in the order of their filing.

Date of Application shall accompany the patent application number in the following format: YYYY/MM/DD

Where,

  • “YYYY” denotes year of filing,
  • “MM” denotes Months and
  • “DD” denotes Day of filing.

New Numbering Format for Request for Examination 

  1. Request for Examination u/r 24B (1) (i) (Normal): 

Format: RYYYYJNNNNNN

Where,

  • “R denotes Request for examination u/r 24B (1) (i)
  • “YYYY” denotes four digit fixed length “Year of filing”
  • “J” denotes Jurisdiction for Patent Application against which Request of Examination has been filed
  • “NNNNNN” denotes 6 digit fixed length common continuous running serial number applicable for all patent offices in India 
  1. Request for Examination u/r 20 (4) (ii) (Express):

Format: XYYYYJNNNNNN

Where,

  • “X” denotes Request for examination u/r 20 (4) (ii)
  • “YYYY” denotes four digit fixed length “Year of filing”
  • “J” denotes Jurisdiction for Patent Application against which Request of Examination has been filed
  • “NNNNNN” denotes 6 digit fixed length common continuous running serial number applicable for all patent offices in India.

Both the serial numbers u/r 24B (1) (i) and u/r 20 (4) (ii) shall be common and shall be accompanied by the Date of Request for Examination in the following format: YYYY/MM/DD

Where,

  • “YYYY” denotes Year of filing,
  • “MM” denotes Month and
  • “DD” denotes Day of filing.

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