Section 84 Indian Patents Act 1970

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 84 of the Indian Patents Act 1970

Section 84 of the Indian Patents Act 1970 is about Compulsory licences. It is under CHAPTER XVI of the Act. CHAPTER XVI is titled WORKING OF PATENTS, COMPULSORY LICENCES AND REVOCATION.

(1) At any time after the expiration of three years from the date of the 1[grant] of patent, any person interested may make an application to the Controller for grant of compulsory licence on patent on any of the following grounds, namely:–

(a) that the reasonable requirements of the public with respect to the patented invention have not been satisfied, or

(b) that the patented invention is not available to the public at a reasonably affordable price, or

(c) that the patented invention is not worked in the territory of India.

(2) An application under this section may be made by any person notwithstanding that he is already the holder of a licence under the patent and no person shall be estopped from alleging that the reasonable requirements of the public with respect to the patented invention are not satisfied or that the patented invention is not worked in the territory of India or that the patented invention is not available to the public at a reasonably affordable price by reason of any admission made by him, whether in such a licence or otherwise or by reason of his having accepted such a licence.

(3) Every application under sub-section (1) shall contain a statement setting out the nature of the applicants interest together with such particulars as may be prescribed and the facts upon which the application is based.

(4) The Controller, if satisfied that the reasonable requirements of the public with respect to the patented invention have not been satisfied or that the patented invention is not worked in the territory of India or that the patented invention is not available to the public at a reasonably affordable price, may grant a licence upon such terms as he may deem fit.

(5) Where the Controller directs the patentee to grant a licence he may, as incidental thereto, exercise the powers set out in section 88.

(6) In considering the application filed under this section, the Controller shall take into account,–

(i) the nature of the invention, the time which has elapsed since the sealing of the patent and the measures already taken by the patentee or any licensee to make full use of the invention;

(ii) the ability of the applicant to work the invention to the public advantage;

(iii) the capacity of the applicant to undertake the risk in providing capital and working the invention, if the application were granted;

(iv) as to whether the applicant has made efforts to obtain a licence from the patentee on reasonable terms and conditions and such efforts have not been successful within a reasonable period as the Controller may deem fit:

Provided that this clause shall not be applicable in case of national emergency or other circumstances of extreme urgency or in case of public non-commercial use or on establishment of a ground of anti-competitive practices adopted by the patentee,
but shall not be required to take into account matters subsequent to the making of the application.

[Explanation.–For the purposes of clause (iv), “reasonable period” shall be construed as a period not ordinarily exceeding a period of six months.]

(7) For the purposes of this Chapter, the reasonable requirements of the public shall be deemed not to have been satisfied–

(a) if, by reason of the refusal of the patentee to grant a licence or licences on reasonable terms,–

(i) an existing trade or industry or the development thereof or the establishment of any new trade or industry in India or the trade or industry of any person or class of persons trading or manufacturing in India is prejudiced; or

(ii) the demand for the patented article has not been met to an adequate extent or on reasonable terms; or

(iii) a market for export of the patented article manufactured in India is not being supplied or developed; or

(iv) the establishment or development of commercial activities in India is prejudiced; or

(b) if, by reason of conditions imposed by the patentee upon the grant of licences under the patent or upon the purchase, hire or use of the patented article or process, the manufacture, use or sale of materials not protected by the patent, or the establishment or development of any trade or industry in India, is prejudiced; or

(c) if the patentee imposes a condition upon the grant of licences under the patent to provide exclusive grant back, prevention to challenges to the validity of patent or coercive package licensing, or

(d) if the patented invention is not being worked in the territory of India on a commercial scale to an adequate extent or is not being so worked to the fullest extent that is reasonably practicable, or

(e) if the working of the patented invention in the territory of India on a commercial scale is being prevented or hindered by the importation from abroad of the patented article by–

(i) the patentee or persons claiming under him; or

(ii) persons directly or indirectly purchasing from him; or

(iii) other persons against whom the patentee is not taking or has not taken proceedings for infringement.


See also:

Section 83 Indian Patents Act 1970 (General principles applicable to working of patented inventions.)

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