The Indian Patent Office, on 15th February, published its draft manual for Design Practice and Procedure. The draft can be accessed from the IPO website here.

Readers may recall that the draft manual for Patent Practice was introduced in 2008 and after lot of consultation with the stakeholders; a revised draft had been published in November 2010. The finalized manual was to be published by year end, which, unfortunately is yet not completed

This draft design manual has the same format as followed by the draft Patent Manual and goes into details providing leading cases, both from the Indian courts and English Jurisprudence.

The Patent Office invites comments to the draft by 10th March, which would be the first step in one of the multiple consultations before finalizing the manual. However, we hope that this process would be rather faster than that of the Patent manual.