Union Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath on past Friday launched the e-filing facility for filing patent and trademark applications at a function organized by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Mr. Kamal Nath said with the launch of e-filing facilities, applicants would now be able to file their patent and trademark applications from anywhere in the world at any time at their convenience through internet. Payments for e-filings could be made through the payment gateway of authorized bankers. India has now joined elite group of countries such as the US, China, Japan, South Korea, and the Europe which provides e-filing of patent and trademark applications. Mr. Kamal Nath also said the next step would to make Indian Patent Office an International Search Authority (ISA) and an International Preliminary Examination Authority (ISEA) under the Patent Cooperation treaty (PCT). Government Press Release.