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According to the current patent law, a patent application is required to be accompanied with either a complete or provisional specification. If an applicant applies with a provisional specification, a complete specification is required to be submitted within nine months. If not, after a period of ten months the application is deemed to have been abandoned. A complete specification is required to include following particulars, such as: The name and address of the inventor, the title of the invention, an abstract or summary of the invention, a description of the invention, the process of invention with drawings and a claim or claims defining the scope of the invention for which protection

is sought.

The application is then sent to an examiner for examination. The examination will

trigger one of three outcomes: (1) the specification is correct and the invention is

patent‐worthy, or (2) the specification is not reflected any new invention and is rejected, or (3) the specification is accepted with modification or amendment. If the examiner raises no objections, the specification is published in the Gazette. Interested parties may raise objections within four months.

Management Development: Vol 30 No 1&2, January-June 2016

A Quarterly Publication of Bangladesh Institute of Management (BIM) Page | 79

Importantly, in 2008 the Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks suspended

The patenting of pharmaceuticals in Bangladesh until 1 January 2016 in accordance with the Doha Declaration. The Department’s notification provides that applications relating to patents for medicines and agricultural chemicals will be preserved in a ‘mail box’ and will be considered after January 2016 (Azam and Richardson 2010). But this notification is yet to be incorporated in the text of law.