Can I request an extension of the patent term in India?

No, currently there is no provision for extension of the patent term in India. This is because India is a developing country. Despite good signs of consistent growth, it has 22% of its population living below the poverty line. Hence, India’s government policies naturally tend to orient towards the poor.

India’s IP Policy is no different. Through the non-extension rule, the government allows the vast majorities relatively easy access to innovations and technologies. A huge area of impact is the medicine domain. Indian government wants to ensure that the poor have access to medicines at economical prices. Hence, it is crucial to understand the goal behind the absence of patent term extension in India.

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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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