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“IP Mitra” for Startups in patents, trademarks, and designs under the extended Scheme for Facilitating Start-Ups Intellectual Property Protection (SIPP)


IP Mitra


In today's fast paced and interconnected world, the technology is taking disruptive turn in every sector of business. To cope up with the competition every individual has to extend best efforts to protect their commercial and intellectual rights. Little leverage from a trusted IP practitioner can work wonders in achieving the desired results. Such a concept is being introduced by Office of CGPDTM through “IP Mitra” for Startups in patents, trademarks, and designs under the Scheme for Facilitating Start-Ups Intellectual Property Protection (SIPP) wherein IP Mitra can help the intended entrepreneurs in a variety of ways. They can provide assistance in filing, support & facilitate in processing of IP applications along with expert advice on various legal aspects of Intellectual Property. IP Mitra can help to broaden one’s IP portfolio and enable stakeholders for new ventures in IP world through their experiences and skills.

SIPP scheme has been extended for a further period of three years to increase its effectiveness in the light of the knowledge gathered from its initial deployment. The structure of reimbursement to IP Mitra for facilitation of startups has also been revised in extended SIPP scheme.

The SIPP program's mission is to encourage and protect the innovative and creative efforts of startups by securing their ownership of their original works.  With the help of IP Mitra, startups can look forward to much simpler time creating and directing innovative technology and successfully marketing them to fuel the growth of the Indian economy.

Accordingly, provisions have been made in e-filing portals of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks for receiving requests for on boarding of eligible entities as empanelled IP Mitra (facilitators).

  1. Office of CGPDTM shall publish the list of such empanelled “IP Mitra” on its website as and when the requests are found eligible.
  2. Existing “facilitators” are also required to submit their requests through e-filing portals.
  3. Separate requests are to be submitted for Patents, Designs & Trade Marks through the respective e-filing portals.
  4. Reimbursement of fees under SIPP shall the entertained only for empanelled “IP Mitra” who has submitted the online application for startups through respective e-filing portals unless approved by CGPDTM under exceptional conditions.
  5. While submitting the on-boarding request for “IP Mitra”, eligible entities should ensure their personal and contact details i.e. Agent/Advocate/Certificate no., email address; mobile etc. should be upto-date in e-filing portals.


Scheme for Facilitating Start-Ups Intellectual Property Protection (SIPP):

January 19, 2023

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