As a part of its continued digitization/transparency drive the Patent Office has started hosting scanned copies of entire patent files on its IPAIRs system which can be accessed over here. The scanned copies now available on the website, includes all correspondence between the patent office and the patentee, all forms, abstracts and specifications filed by the patentee with the patent office. Image from here.
This is basically an attempt to duplicate the features available on the website of the European Patent Office and in effect enables any person to carry out an online file inspection. The Indian effort however is still far from completion. As of now, there appears to be a great inconsistency in the information available from different patent offices. For example the Kolkata patent office is making available Form 27s or working statements while other patent offices are not doing so.
In order to access the particulars of any patent file, just key in the application number into the IPAIRs system to arrive at a webpage with several tabs including one of ‘view documents’. As a part of a trial run we have hosted the entire file wrapper, as sourced from the Patent Office website, of the infamous Ramkumar Patent on our website. The following documents of the Ramkumar patent can be accessed from below:
(vi) Form 2 - Duplicate
Of extreme relevance is the correspondence from the patent office to the Ramkumar and his replies. In the First Examination Report (FER) of the Patent Office dated 30th November, 2005 the examiner has raised very pertinent objections to Ramkumar’s patent application. Amongst these objections was the fact that the patent application did not adequately describe the invention it was claiming and that it was barred by Section 3(f) of the Patent Act, 1970. Ramkumar’s replies however are silent on any of the dozen plus objections raised by the Patent Office and yet the same examiner who raised objections went ahead to grant the patent. Why?