Yes. Anyone can access the documents in the file of an Indian patent application. But, only after the Indian Patent Office publishes the application. The purpose of the publication is to allow the general public to see the application. Prior to the publication, the contents of every application remain a secret. Once the application is published, it is in the public domain. That way, anyone can challenge the application in case they have to. Earlier, a person had to request the patent office for the documents.
But now, in the age of digitization, you can download the documents in the file from the Indian Patent Office’s free InPASS website. It is economical and saves time.
Also, do make sure that you check out this free e-book: A Quick Guide to Patents. Basically, it deals with basics of patent procedures.
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