The Department of Industrial Promotion and Policy (DIPP) which governs the Indian Patent Office has recently issued a notification seeking opinion from industry leaders and peers on a proposed hike in statutory fee on filings related to patenting activities.
The notification can be accessed here.
Here are the highlights on proposed fee hikes:
- The filing fee to be revised from the current Rs. 1000 for individual inventors and Rs. 4000 for legal entities to Rs. 2000 and Rs.8000 respectively.
- Cost for per claim in addition of ten claims to rise from Rs. 200 to Rs. 400 for individuals and Rs. 800 to Rs. 1600 for legal entities.
- Similarly, a two fold increase is being expected in request for examination fee to Rs.5000 and Rs.20000 for individuals and legal entities respectively.
- One noteworthy point in the proposal is the initiative taken by the DIPP in encouraging e- filing. The notification proposes levying an additional 10 percent fee on paper based filing.
The proposed fee hike appears to be significantly higher with 50 percent increase across the board. While it may be only a matter of time before the hiked fee is approved, this is probably a good time for the readers to file their patent applications in India. After all, a penny saved is a penny earned!!