Country Reports – 29 October 2004
|Country: INDIA||Period of Report: October 2004|
In order to meet its WTO commitments of having a patent regime in place by January 1, 2005 wherein India has to move from the process patent to product patent regime, India is to introduce the Patents (third amendment) Bill.
The Bill has been cleared by the Group of Ministers (GoM) set up to look into the amendments to the Patent Act on Monday 25th October, 2004. The Bill is now expected to be tabled before the Indian Parliament during the Winter Session.
The Bill in its current form provides for both pre- and post-grant opposition to patents in drugs, pharmaceutical and the food industries.