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On 25 March 2013, the Indian Patent Office released a final version of the "Guidelines for Examination of Biotechnology Applications for Patents". The guidelines are aimed at regulating the examination of patent applications for biotechnology-related inventions and establishing a harmonised and consistent practice. According to the Indian Patent Office, however, in cases of conflict between the guidelines and the provisions of the Patents Act and Patents Rules, the provisions of the latter will prevail.
The Guidelines can be downloaded from the Indian Patent Office's website.