What is the minimum period in which patent can be granted in
As such there is no exact rule for calculating minimum period in which patent can be granted in
Rule 24 and 24A – Considering that the Applicant has made request for early publication which the Controller will publish ordinarily in one month from the date of request for publication.
Rule 24B – Considering that the applicant has requested for examination at the earliest, possibly along with the request for early publication.
Rule 24B (3) – This is the standard time period (six months) in which a First Examination Report (FER) will be dispatched to the applicant or his authorized agent from the date of the request for examination or from the date of publication whichever is later.
Rule 24B (4) – Applicant has maximum twelve months to reply the objections made by the examiner. We are considering that the applicant provide reply within shortest possible time and accepted by IPO for patent grant.
Rule 55 (1A) – Importantly, a patent cannot be granted before the expiry of a period of six months from the date of publication of the application.
The above Rules ordinarily place an application for patent a minimum of 9-10 months to grant.