Section 64 Indian Patents Act

OTHER INDIAN LAWS 1. Short title, extent and commencement 2. Definitions and interpretation 3. What are not inventions 4. Inventions relating to atomic energy not patentable. 5. Omitted. 6. Persons entitled to apply for patents 7. Form of application. 8. Information and undertaking regarding foreign applications. 9. Provisional and complete specifications 10. Contents of specifications. 11. Priority dates of claims of a complete specification. 11A. Publication of applications. 11B. Request for examination. 12. Examination of application. 13. Search for anticipation by previous publication and by prior claim. 14. Consideration of the report of examiner by Controller. 15. Power of Controller to refuse or require amended applications, etc., in certain case. 16. Power of Controller to make orders respecting division of application. 17. Power of Controller to make orders respecting dating of application. 18. Powers of Controller in cases of anticipation. 19. Powers of Controller in case of potential infringement. 20. Powers of Controller to make orders regarding substitution of applicants, etc. 21. Time for putting application in order for grant. 22. Omitted. 23. Omitted 24. Omitted 24A-24F. Omitted 25. Opposition to the patent. 26. In cases of “obtaining” Controller may treat the patent as the patent of opponent. 27. Omitted. 28. Mention of inventor as such in patent. 29. Anticipation by previous publication. 30. Anticipation by previous communication to Government. 31. Anticipation by public display, etc. 32. Anticipation by public working. 33. Anticipation by use and publication after provisional specification. 34. No anticipation if circumstances are only as described in sections 29,30,31 and 32. 35. Secrecy directions relating to inventions relevant for defence purposes. 36. Secrecy directions to be periodically reviewed. 37. Consequences of secrecy directions. 38. Revocation of secrecy directions and extension of time. 39. Residents not to apply for patents outside India without prior permission. 40. Liability for contravention of section 35 or section 39. 41. Finality of orders of Controller and Central Government. 42. Savings respecting disclosure to Government. 43. Grant of patents. 44. Amendment of patent granted to deceased applicant. 45. Date of patent. 46. Form, extent and effect of patent. 47. Grant of patents to be subject to certain conditions. 48. Rights of patentees. 49. Patent rights not infringed when used on foreign vessels etc., temporarily or accidentally in India 50. Rights of co-owners of patents. 51. Power of Controller to give directions to co-owners. 52. Grant of patent to true and first inventor where it has been obtained by another in fraud of him. 53. Term of patent. 54. Patents of addition. 55. Term of patents of addition. 56. Omitted. 57. Amendment of application and specification or any document related thereto before Controller. 58. Amendment of specification before Appellate Board or High Court. 59. Supplementary provisions as to amendment of application or specification. 60. Applications for restoration of lapsed patents. 61. Procedure for disposal of applications for restoration of lapsed patents 62. Rights of patentees of lapsed patents which have been restored 63. Surrender of patents. 64. Revocation of patents. 65. Revocation of patent or amendment of complete specification on directions from Government in cases relating to atomic energy. 66. Revocation of patent in public interest. 67. Register of patents and particulars to be entered therein. 68. Assignments, etc., not to be valid unless in writing and duly executed. 69. Registration of assignments, transmissions, etc. 70. Power of registered grantee or proprietor to deal with patent. 71. Rectification of register by Appellate Board. 72. Register to be open for inspection. 73. Controller and other officers. 74. Patent office and its branches. 75. Restriction on employees of patent office as to right or interest in patents. 76. Officers and employees not to furnish information, etc. 77. Controller to have certain powers of a civil court. 78. Power of Controller to correct clerical errors, etc. 79. Evidence how to be given and powers of Controller in respect thereof. 80. Exercise of discretionary powers by Controller. 81. Disposal by Controller of applications for extension of time. 82. Definition of “patented articles” and “patentee”. 83. General principles applicable to working of patented inventions 84.Compulsory licences. 85. Revocation of patents by the Controller for non-working. 86. Power of Controller to adjourn applications for compulsory licences, etc., in certain cases. 87. Procedure for dealing with applications under sections 84 and 85. 88. Powers of Controller in granting compulsory licences. 89. General purposes for granting compulsory licences. 90. Terms and conditions of compulsory licences. 91. Licensing of related patents. 92. Special provision for compulsory licences on notifications by Central Government. 92A. Compulsory licence for export of patented pharmaceutical products in certain exceptional circumstances. 93. Order for licence to operate as a deed between parties concerned. 94. Termination of compulsory licence. 95-98. (Omitted). 99. Meaning of use of invention for purposes of Government. 100. Power of Central Government to use inventions for purposes of Government. 101. Rights of third parties in respect of use of invention for purposes of Government. 102. Acquisition of inventions and patents by the Central Government. 103. Reference to High Court of disputes as to use for purposes of Government. 104. Jurisdiction. 104A. Burden of proof in case of suits concerning infringement. 105. Power of court to make declaration as to non-infringement. 106. Power of court to grant relief in cases of groundless threats of infringement proceedings. 107. Defences, etc., in suits for infringement 107A. Certain acts not to be considered as infringement. 108. Reliefs in suit for infringement. 109. Right of exclusive licensee to take proceedings against infringement. 110. Right of licensee under section 84 to take proceedings against infringement. 111. Restriction on power of court to grant damages or account of profits for infringement. 112. Omitted. 113. Certificate of validity of specification and costs of subsequent suits for infringement thereof. 114. Relief for infringement of partially valid specification. 115. Scientific advisers. 116. Appellate Board. 117. Omitted. 117A. Appeals to Appellate Board. 117B. Omitted. 117C. Bar of jurisdiction of courts, etc. 117D. Omitted. 117E. Appearance of Controller in legal proceedings. 117F. Omitted. 117G. Omitted. 117H. Omitted. 118. Contravention of secrecy provisions relating to certain inventions. 119. Falsification of entries in register, etc. 120. Unauthorised claim of patent rights. 121. Wrongful use of words “patent office”. 122. Refusal or failure to supply information. 123. Practice by non-registered patent agents. 124. Offences by companies 125. Register of patent agents. 126. Qualifications for registration as patent agents. 127. Rights of patent agents. 128. Subscription and verification of certain documents by patent agents. 129. Restrictions on practice as patent agents. 130. Removal from register of patent agents and restoration. 131. Power of Controller to refuse to deal with certain agents. 132. Savings in respect of other persons authorised to act as agents. 133. Convention countries. 134. Notification as to countries not providing for reciprocity. 135. Convention applications. 136. Special provisions relating to convention application. 137. Multiple priorities. 138. Supplementary provisions as to convention applications. 139. Other provisions of Act to apply to convention applications. 140. Avoidance of certain restrictive conditions. 141. Determination of certain contracts. 142. Fees. 143. Restrictions upon publication of specification. 144. Reports of examiners to be confidential. 145. Publication of official journal. 146. Power of Controller to call for information from patentees. 147. Evidence of entries, documents, etc. 148. Declaration by infant, lunatic etc 149. Service of notices, etc., by post. 150. Security for costs. 151. Transmission of orders of courts to Controller. 152. Omitted. 153. Information relating to patents. 154. Loss or destruction of patents. 155. Reports of Controller to be placed before Parliament. 156. Patent to bind Government. 157. Right of Government to sell or use forfeited articles. 157A. Protection of security of India. 158. Power of High Courts to make rules. 159. Power of Central Government to make rules. 160. Rules to be placed before Parliament. 161. Omitted. 162. Repeal of Act 2 of 1911 in so far as it relates to patents and savings. 163. Omitted. 164. Omitted.

Section 64 of the Indian Patents Act

Section 64 of the Indian Patents Act 1970 is about Revocation of Power patents. It is under CHAPTER XII of the Act. CHAPTER XII is titled SURRENDER AND REVOCATION OF PATENTS.

(1) Subject to the provisions contained in this Act, a patent whether granted before or after the commencement of this Act, may, [be revoked on a petition of any person interested or of the Central Government by *** on a counter-claim in a suit for infringement of the patent by the High Court] on any of the following grounds, that is to say–

(a) that the invention, so far as claimed in any claim of the complete specification, was claimed in a valid claim of earlier priority date contained in the complete specification of another patent granted in India;

(b) that the patent was granted on the application of a person not entitled under the provisions of this Act to apply therefor:

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(c) that the patent was obtained wrongfully in contravention of the rights of the petitioner or any person under or through whom he claims;
(d) that the subject of any claim of the complete specification is not an invention within the meaning of this Act;

(e) that the invention so far as claimed in any claim of the complete specification is not new, having regard to what was publicly known or publicly used in India before the priority date of the claim or to what was published in India or elsewhere in any of the documents referred to in section 13:

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(f) that the invention so far as claimed in any claim of the complete specification is obvious or does not involve any inventive step, having regard to what was publicly known or publicly used in India or what was published in India or elsewhere before the priority date of the claim:

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(g) that the invention, so far as claimed in any claim of the complete specification, is not useful;

(h) that the complete specification does not sufficiently and fairly describe the invention and the method by which it is to be performed, that is to say, that the description of the method or the instructions for the working of the invention as contained in the complete specification are not by themselves sufficient to enable a person in India possessing average skill in, and average knowledge of, the art to which the invention relates, to work the invention, or that it does not disclose the best method of performing it which was known to the applicant for the patent and for which he was entitled to claim, protection;

(i) that the scope of any claim of the complete specification is not sufficiently and clearly defined or that any claim of the complete specification is not fairly based on the matter disclosed in the specification;

(j) that the patent was obtained on a false suggestion or representation;

(k) that the subject of any claim of the complete specification is not patentable under this Act;

(l) that the invention so far as claimed in any claim of the complete specification was secretly used in India, otherwise than as mentioned in sub-section (3), before the priority date of the claim;

(m) that the applicant for the patent has failed to disclose to the Controller the information required by section 8 or has furnished information which in any material particular was false to his knowledge;

(n) that the applicant contravened any direction for secrecy passed under section 35 4[or made or caused to be made an application for the grant of a patent outside India in contravention of section 39];

(o) that leave to amend the complete specification under section 57 or section 58 was obtained by fraud;

[(p) that the complete specification does not disclose or wrongly mentions the source or geographical origin of biological material used for the invention;

(q) that the invention so far as claimed in any claim of the complete specification was anticipated having regard to the knowledge, oral or otherwise, available within any local or indigenous community in India or elsewhere.]

(2) For the purposes of clauses (e) and (f) of sub-section (1),–

(a) no account shall be taken of [personal document or secret trial or secret use]; and

(b) where the patent is for a process or for a product as made by a process described or claimed the importation into India of the product made abroad by that process shall constitute knowledge or use in India of the invention on the date of the importation, except where such importation has been for the purpose of reasonable trial or experiment only.

(3) For the purpose of clause (l) of sub-section (1), no account shall be taken of any use of the invention–

(a) for the purpose of reasonable trial or experiment only; or

(b) by the Government or by any person authorised by the Government or by a Government undertaking, in consequence of the applicant for the patent or any person from whom he derives title having communicated or disclosed the invention directly or indirectly to the Government or person authorised as aforesaid or to the Government undertaking; or

(c) by any other person, in consequence of the applicant for the patent or any person from whom he derives title having communicated or disclosed the invention, and without the consent or acquiescence of the applicant or of any person from whom he derives title.

(4) Without prejudice to the provisions contained in sub-section (1), a patent may be revoked by the High Court on the petition of the Central Government, if the High Court is satisfied that the patentee has without reasonable cause failed to comply with the request of the Central Government to make, use or exercise the patented invention for the purposes of Government within the meaning of section 99 upon reasonable terms.

(5) A notice of any petition for revocation of a patent under this section shall be served on all persons appearing from the register to be proprietors of that patent or to have shares or interests therein and it shall not be necessary to serve a notice on any other person.


See also:

Section 63 Indian Patents Act 1970 (Surrender of patents.)

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