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India: New patent application numbering format introduced

On 31 December 2015, the Indian Patent Office (IPO) published an office order introducing the new patent application numbering format with the effect from 1 January 2016. The new system will enable the identification of 9 types of applications including divisional applications or patents of additions. Furthermore and also with the effect from 1 January 2016, 2 different types of examination request number formats are being assigned allowing for differentiation between the regular and express request for examination.

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