Indian patent body invites EoI for usage of Blockchain, AI in patent processing system

Author: Jagdish Kumar, India

Looking at immense scope of new technologies that can bring to patent industry, India’s Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trademarks under the commerce ministry has invited expressions of interest (EoI) for making use of artificial intelligence, Blockchain, internet of things (IoT) and other latest technologies in patent processing system.

The EoI also underlined on how the Indian government think-tank, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog is exploring the use of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in diverse areas such as education, healthcare, agriculture, electricity distribution and land records. The institution is exploring a platform called ‘IndiaChain’ — a blockchain enabled infrastructure for Indian enterprise and government. Once implemented this will be world’s largest Blockchain implementation program in governance.

The patent office in its interest also said that the purpose of this exercise is to seek on how IPO can augment and enhance the speed, efficiency and productivity in the processing of applications by using emerging technologies like Blockchain.

EoI document read that while the IP communities across the globe are concerned about devising appropriate IP laws to protect these emergent technologies, the true potential of these latest technologies need to be leveraged in IP regime itself by utilizing their mettle to address issues ranging from inception of a possible IP to its enforcement.

These latest technologies may be used in wide ranging applications like re-engineering processes of prosecution, protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs), their enforcement and promotions, the EoI document added.

Any Indian registered company with a turnover of $1.3 million (INR 100 million) and being in a business for the last three years and done some work in the emerging technologies can apply.

The last date of filling the tender is 30 August 2018. Check the full tender document here.

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Originally published at on Aug 29, 2018.