India: Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2014

February 14, 2014

India: The Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2014, which entered into force on February 28, 2014, amend the Patents Rules, 2003. Among others, the Amendment Rules introduce a third category of applicant for patents called "small entity" besides "natural person" and "person other than a natural person, except a small entity"; provides a revised fee structure for filing of patent applications and other proceedings before the Patent Office; and imposes 10% additional fees for patent applications filed in hard copy over those filed in electronic format.