Indian patent office has published draft amendment to patent rules.
This draft amendment mainly includes
(i) certain new rules (Rule 19A to Rule 19J) related to India as Internalnational searching authority (ISA) and fee (schedule V);
(ii) Rule 9 is substituted with new Rule 9 (now it includes new sub rules), For filing nucleotide and amino acid sequence new fee is proposed;
(iii) Rule 18 is substituted with new Rule 18 (Appropriate office);
(iv) added “sub rule (4) of rule 20” in Rule 138 (31 months time period as non-extendable time period) and some other amendments
Comments could be send to email@example.com before 21st Jan 2011.
Addendum in Schedule I: Twenty five percent reduction in fee, if you file and prosecute the patent application on-line (note: registering online account is very difficult at ipindia.nic.in).