Patent

A patent is a right that is granted for an invention. It can take the form of a new product, process or technical improvement to existing technology.

When you register a patent for your invention, you hold the exclusive right to use the patent. This means that no other person can take advantage of that patent, unless your permission is sought.

When your patent portfolio is properly managed, it can present many economic opportunities – whether as a means to develop new and cutting-edge technologies, raise investment, or extract value from third parties through sale or licensing.

Once your patent is granted, it will be protected for 20 years from the Date of Filing. Thereafter, the patent is to be maintained yearly, starting from the 5th year.

Issuance of IP registrations
Within
12 MONTHS
from date of application

Adjudication of cases
Within
3 MONTHS
from date ready for full hearing

Issuance of Grounds of Decision
Within
6 MONTHS
from hearing

Timeliness of first office action
Within
12 MONTHS
from a search and examination or examination request

Quality of the Search and Examination Unit
for initial drafts prior to issuance

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