Below is a e-mail from the authority.
CDAC, with the support from Department of Information Technology (DIT), Government of India, intends to assist SMEs for their inventions in ICT/electronics/computer/hardware/software domain in Patent Prior Art Search and invention analysis i.e. SMEs can be from any sector but its invention should be in ICT domain to avail this free assistance. The offer will be provided free of charge up to 31st March 2011.
Objective of this assistance is to motivate Indian SMEs to file more Indian and Foreign patents.
Prior art search is a pre-requisite for patent filing and helps:
- In avoiding duplication of R&D efforts
- Focussing R&D on specific issues
- Updating the latest technologies in area of interest