Draft Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2021

On February 09, 2021, the Government of India vide the Ministry of Commerce and Industry published the draft Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2021 (hereinafter referred to as the “new draft Rules”) as a proposal to further amend the Patents Rules, 2003. The new draft Rules are open for feedback for a period of thirty days, after expiry of which will be taken into consideration. The new draft Rules include a new category of applicant i.e. “eligible educational institution” in addition to natural person(s), start up(s), and small entity(ies).