Copyright is a form of intellectual property protection granted to the creators of original works of authorship such as literary works (including computer programmes, tables and compilations), dramatic, musical and artistic works, cinematographic films and sound recordings. In the simplest terms, copyright means the right to copy. Copyright applies to all original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works.
Provisional Patent Application:
If a person has an IP in its nascent stage as idea or semi-developed prototype, then he/she can file a provisional application or specification in India. By doing the inventor secures his idea for a year’s period.
Also known as non-provisional application or specification in India. This is filed when an invention is completely developed and inventor has all the specific technical data pertaining to the invention. The complete specification is either filed directly (if the inventor already possess all the technical details) or within one year of filing the provisional application. The complete specification is filed with claims and sometimes with experimental details.
After filing the complete specification, the patent gets published in patent journal of India after 18 months from the filing or priority date. The priority date is first filing date for an application, it can be a provisional application date or directly a complete specification date.
After patent publication, an inventor can request for examination. After which an examiner is appointed to analyze the patent and its viability of getting grant.
Payment of Annuities:
After getting grant, an inventor has to file a patent annuities every four years to keep their patent sustained in the patent office.