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Patents

Patent law in India is governed by the provisions of the Patents Act, 1970, which was recently amended in three phases, the last one being in 2005, in the light of India's obligations under TRIPS. Patent practice encompasses initial consultation for filing, pursuing patent protection, including intellectual property valuation issues, novelty search, and opinions on patentability of an invention, validity and infringement analysis, patent watches, drafting, filing and handling of the prosecution of patent applications, including pre-grant and post-grant proceedings and formalities, in all fields of technology.

Patents are the end-results of creativity and protecting them can be an onerous task. Patent holders typically seek help in relation to patent oppositions and revocations, enforcement, including border protection, intellectual property transactional work including assignments and licensing, patent landscaping and mapping and intellectul property management, auditing and due diligence services as also opinions relating to patent law, including Freedom-To-Operate opinions.

The chances of success in securing patent protection and effectively enforcing them in India requires the retention of skilled and experienced professionals over the complete life-cycle of a patent.