WIPO General Assembly 2013 Intervention by India on Agenda item 37 on Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group
At the outset, India takes this opportunity to appreciate the work being carried out by the PCT Working Group as well as the Secretariat.
As mentioned in our opening statement, India is pleased to announce that India Patent Office would commence its functions as International Search and Preliminary Examination Authority from 15th October, 2013.
The Indian delegation would like to mention that the PCT system needs to be made more accessible, in particular, for applicants from developing and least developed countries and, in this regard, we would emphasize the importance of technical assistance as well as fee reductions for SMEs, universities and research institutes and individuals from developing countries and LDCs.
With respect to the formal Integration of the Patent Prosecution Highway into the PCT, India has time and again expressed its concerns against harmonization of examination of patent applications and considers that this would impede the process of examination in developing countries where the capacity to examine is yet to achieve the maturity that is seen in the Patent Offices of the developed countries.