Ministry of Commerce and Industry has informed that fee for patent filing and prosecution fee has been reduced by 80 percent in respect of Educational institutions.
To encourage greater participation of the educations institutions, official fees payable by them in respect of various acts under the Patents Rules, 2003, have been reduced by way of the Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2021, which came into effect on 21st September, 2021.
Further, Patents Rules have been amended in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020 to achieve the objective of removing procedural inconsistencies and unnecessary steps in processing of applications thereby speedup grant/registration and final disposal.
Centre has notified the amendments to the Patents Rules in this regard. By amending the Rules, the procedures are made more compact, time-bound, user- friendly and compatible for e-transactions.