MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
(Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion)

New Delhi, the 28th December, 2004

NOTIFICATION

S.O. 1418(E).-WHEREAS, the Central Government in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 159 of the Patents Act, 1970 (39 of 1970) framed the Patents Rules, 2003;

AND WHEREAS, the Central Government has decided to amend the Patents Act, 1970;

AND WHEREAS, in view of the above, it has become necessary to update the Patents Rules, 2003 on the lines contained in the amendments to the Patents Act, 1970;

AND WHEREAS, the proviso to sub-section (3) of section 159 of the Patents Act, 1970 as amended by the Patents (Amendment) Ordinance 2004, empowers the Central Government to dispense with the requirement of previous publication of rules as required under the said sub-section (3) of section 159;

AND WHEREAS, the Central Government is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it practically not possible to comply with the condition of previous publication;

AND WHEREAS, the Central Government has decided to dispense with the requirement of previous publication of the following amendment rules required to be made under section 159 of the said Act;

NOW, THEREFORE, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 159 of the Patents Act, 1970, the Central Government hereby makes the following rules to amend the Patents Rules, 2003, namely:-

1. (1) These rules may be called the Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2005. (2) They shall come into force on the 1st January, 2005.

2. In the Patents Rules, 2003 (hereinafter referred to as the principal rules), in rule 4, in sub-rule (1), in clauses (i) and (ii), the figures and letters "24A, 24B and 24C" occurring at both the places shall be omitted.

3. In rule 5 of the principal rules, after the words "the Act or these rules", occurring at the end, the words "and the Controller may take suo-motu decision in the matter'" shall be added.

4. In rule 6 of the principal rules, for sub-rule (1), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-

" (1) Any application, notice or other document authorized or required to be filed, left, made or given at the patent office, or to the Controller or to any other person under the Act or these rules, may be tendered by hand or sent by a letter addressed to the Controller at the appropriate office or to that person through post or registered post or speed post or courier service or by electronic transmission duly authenticated. If it is sent by post or registered post or speed post or courier service or by electronic transmission duly authenticated, it shall be deemed to have been filed, left, made or given at the time when the mail containing the same would have been delivered in the ordinary course of post or registered post or speed post or courier service, or by electronic transmission duly authenticated, as the case may be. In proving such sending, it shall be sufficient to show that the mail was properly addressed and transmitted:

Provided that any application, notice or the document sent through fax or by electronic transmission duly authenticated, shall also be deemed to have been filed, left, made or given if the same is clear and fully legible and its original or paper copy, as the case may be, is submitted to the appropriate office within one month from the date of receipt of the such fax or by electronic transmission duly authenticated."

5. In rule 7 of the principal rules, for sub-rule (4), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-
"(4) Fees once paid in respect of any proceeding shall not ordinarily be refunded irrespective of whether the proceeding has taken place or not".

6. In rule 12 of the principal rules, -

(a) after sub-rule (1), the following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely. -

"(1A). The period within which the applicant shall file the statement and undertaking under sub-section (1) of section 8 shall be three months from the date of filing the application.

Explanation - For the purpose of this rule, the period of three months in case of an application corresponding to an International application in which India is designated shall be reckoned from the actual date on which the corresponding application is filed in India.".

(b) for sub-rules (3) and (4), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"(3) When so required by the Controller under sub-section (2) of section 8, the applicant shad furnish information relating to objections, if any, in respect of novelty and patentability of the invention and any other particulars as the Controller may require which may include claims of application allowed within three months from the date of such communication by the Controller."

7. In rule 13 of the principal rules, -

(a), for sub-rule (6), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:

"(6) Except in the case of an application (other than a convention application or an application filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty designating India) which is accompanied by a complete specification, a declaration as to the inventorship of the invention shall be filed in Form 5 with the complete specification or at any time before the expiration of one month from the date of filing of the complete specification, as the Controller may allow on an application made in Form 4."

(b). after sub-rule (7), the following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely:-

"(8) The period within which reference to the deposit shall be made to the specification under sub-clause (A) of clause (it) of sub-section (4) of section 10 shall be three months from the date of filing of the application.".

8. For rule 14 of the principal rules, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"14 Amendments to specifications. - (1) When a provisional or complete specification or any drawing accompanying it has been received by the applicant or his agent for amendment, and amendment is duly made thereon, the page incorporating such amendment shall be retyped and submitted to form a continuous document. Amendments shall not be made by slips pasted on, or as footnotes or by writing in the margin of any of the said documents.

(2) The amended documents shall be returned to the Controller together with the superseded pages or drawings, if any, duly marked, cancelled and initialed by the applicant or his agent. Copies of any pages that have been retyped or added and of any drawing that has been added or substantially amended shall be sent in duplicate."

9. In rule 19 of the principal rules, for sub-rule (1), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"(1) An international application shall be filed with the appropriate office in triplicate either in English or in Hindi language."

10. In rule 20 of the principal rules,-

(a) in sub-rule (1), for the word, figure and letter "Form 1A", the word and figure "Form 1" shall be substituted.

(b) in sub-rules (2) and (3), for the words, bracket and figure, "sub-rule (4)", the words, bracket and figures "sub-rule (4)0)" shall respectively be substituted.

(c) in sub-rule (3), in clause (b), after the words "duly verified by the applicant", the words "or the person duly authorized by him" shall be inserted.

(d) for sub-rule (4), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:

"(4) (i) The time limit referred to in sub-rule (2) shall be thirty one months from the priority date as referred to in Article 2(xi);

(ii) Notwithstanding anything contained in clause (i), the Patent Office may, on the express request filed in Form -18 along with the fee specified in first schedule, process or examine the application at any time before thirty one months."

11. In rule 21 of the principal rules, in sub-rule (2), after the words "duly verified by the applicant", the words "or the person duly authorized by him" shall be inserted.

12. For rule 24 of the principle rules, the following rules shall be substituted, namely:-

"24. Publication of application. - The period for which an application for patent shall not ordinarily be open to public under sub-section (1) of section 11A shall be eighteen months from the date of filing of application or the date of priority of the application, whichever is earlier.

24A. Request for publication. - A request for publication under sub-section (2) of section 11A shall be made in Form 9.".

24B. Examination of application. - (1)(i) A request for examination under section 11B shall be made in Form 18 after the publication of the application but within thirty-six months from the date of priority of the application or from the date of filing of the application, whichever is earlier;

(ii) The period within which the request for examination under subsection (3) of section 11B to be made shall be thirty-six months from the date of priority or from the date of filing of the application or twelve months from the 1st day of January, 2005;

(iii) The request for examination under sub-section (4) of section 11B shall be made after the publication of the application, but within thirty-six months from the date of priority or form the date of filing of the application, or within six months from the date of revocation of the secrecy direction, whichever is later;

(iv) The request for examination of application as filed according to the 'Explanation' under sub-section (3) of section 16 shall be made after the publication of the first mentioned application, but within thirty-six months from the date of filing of the application or from the date of priority of the first mentioned application or within six months from the date of filing of the further application, whichever is later;

(v) The period for making request for examination under section 11B, of the applications filed before the 1sl day of January, 2005 shall be the period specified under the section 11B or the period specified under these rules, whichever expires later.

(2) (i) A request for examination of application for patent filed under sub-rule (1) shall be taken up for examination in the order in which the request is filed;
(ii) The period within which the examiner shall make the report under sub-section (2) of section 12, shall ordinarily be one month but not exceeding three months from the date of reference of the application to him by the Controller.

(3) A first examination report along with the application and specification shall be sent to the applicant or his authorised agent. In case other interested person files the request for examination, an intimation of such examination may be sent to such interested person.

(4)(i) The time for putting an application in order for grant under section 21 shall be six months from the date on which the first statement of objection is issued to the applicant to comply with the requirements;

(ii) Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules, the period specified in clause (i) may be extended for a further period not exceeding three months by the Controller in circumstances beyond the control of the applicant, on a request made in Form 4 by the applicant along with fee specified in the First Schedule before expiry of the time specified in clause (i);

(iii) The time for putting an application in order for grant which has been examined before the 1st day of January, 2005, shall be twelve months from the date on which the first statement of objections has been issued to the applicant to comply with the requirements."

13. In rule 26 of the principal rules, sub-rule (2) shall be omitted.

14. For rule 27of the principal rules, the following rule shall be substituted,
namely:-

"27. Inspection and supply of published documents. - After the date of publication of the application under section 11 A, the application together with the complete specification and provisional specification, if any, the drawing, if any, and the abstract filed in respect of the application may be inspected at the appropriate office by making a written request to the Controller on payment of the fee in that behalf and copies thereof may be obtained on payment of fees specified in the First Schedule."

15. In rule 28 of the principal rules

(a) in sub - rule (2), in the first proviso, for the word "specified", the words "referred to" shall be substituted;

(b) in sub-rule (5), for the words "accept the specification", the words "grant the patent" shall be substituted.

16. After rule 28 of the principal rules, the following rule shall be inserted, namely:-

"28A. Procedure in relation to consideration of report of examiner under section 14. - In case the applicant contests any of the objections communicated to him, the procedure specified under rule 28 may apply."

17. In rule 29 of the principal rules, for sub-rule (2), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"(2) if the applicant's specification is otherwise in order for grant and an objection under clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 13 is outstanding, the Controller may postpone the grant of patent and allow a period of two months for removing the objection."

18. In rule 32 of the principal rules, the words and figures "or section 25" shall be omitted.

19. For rule 37 of the principal rules, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"37. Numbering of applications on the grant of patent. - On the grant of a patent, the application shall be accorded a number (called serial number) in the series of numbers accorded to patents under the Indian Patents and Designs Act, 1911 (2 of 1911) which shall be the number of the patent so granted."

20. Rule 38 of the principal rules shall be omitted.

21. In Chapter V of the principal rules, (rules 39 to 54) shall be omitted.

22. In Chapter VI of the principal rules, for the heading "OPPOSITION TO THE GRANT OF PATENT", the following heading shall be substituted, namely:-

"OPPOSITION PROCEEDINGS"

23. For rules 55 to 57 of the principal rules, the following rules shall be substituted, namely:-

"55. Opposition by representation against the grant of patent. - (1) Representation for opposition under sub-section (1) of section 25 shall be filed at the appropriate office within a period not exceeding three months from the date of publication of the application under section 11A of the Act, or before the grant of patent, whichever is later and shall include a statement and evidence, if any, in support of the representation and a request for hearing if so desired.

(2) The Controller shall consider such representation only when a request for examination of the application has been filed.

(3) On consideration of the representation if the Controller is of the opinion that application for patent shall be refused or the complete specification requires amendment, he shall give a notice to the applicant to that effect.

(4) On receiving the notice under sub-rule (3), the applicant shall, if he so desires, file his statement and evidence, if any in support of his application within one month from the date of the notice.

(5) On consideration of the statement and evidence filed by the applicant, the Controller may either refuse to grant a patent on the application or require the complete specification to be amended to his satisfaction before the patent is granted.

(6) After considering the representation and submission made during the hearing if so requested, the Controller shall proceed further simultaneously either rejecting the representation and granting the patent or accepting the representation and refusing the grant of patent on that application, ordinarily within one month from the completion of above proceedings.

55A. Filing of notice of opposition. -The notice of opposition to be given under sub- section (3) of section 25 shall be made in Form 7 and sent to the Controller in duplicate at the appropriate office.

56. Constitution of Opposition Board and its proceeding. -

(1) On receipt of notice of opposition, the Controller shall, by order, constitute an Opposition Board consisting of three members and nominate one of the members as the Chairman of the Board.

(2) An examiner appointed under sub-section (2) of section 73 shall be eligible to be a member of the Opposition Board.

(3) The examiner, who has dealt with the application for patent during the proceeding for grant of patent thereon shall not be eligible as member of Opposition Board as specified in sub-rule (2) for that application.

(4) The Opposition Board shall conduct the examination of the notice of opposition along with documents filed under rules 57 to 60 referred to under sub-section (4) of section 25, submit a report with reasons on each ground taken in the notice of opposition with its joint recommendation within three months from the date on which the documents were forwarded to them.

57. Filing of written statement of opposition and evidence. - The opponent shall send a written statement in duplicate setting out the nature of the opponent's interest, the facts upon which he bases his case and relief which he seeks and evidence, if any, along with notice of opposition and shall deliver to the patentee a copy of the statement and the evidence, if any."

24. In rule 58 of the principal rules, -

(a) in sub-rule (1), for the word "applicant", the word "patentee" shall be substituted;

(b) for sub-rule (2), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:

"(2) If the patentee does not desire to contest or leave his reply and evidence within the period as specified in sub-rule (1), the patent shall be deemed to have been revoked."

25. In rule 59 of the principal rules, for the word "applicant's" wherever they occur, and for the word "applicant", the words "patentee's" and "patentee" shall respectively be substituted.

26. In rule 62 of the principal rules,-

(a) In Schedule (1), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"(1) On the completion of the presentation of evidence, if any, and on receiving the recommendation of Opposition Board or at such other time as the Controller may think fit, he snail fix a date and time for the hearing of the opposition and shall give the parties not less than ten days' notice of such hearing and may require members of Opposition Board to be present in the hearing.".

(b) for sub-rule (5), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"(5) After hearing the party or parties desirous of being heard, or if neither party desires to be heard, then without a hearing, and after taking into consideration the recommendation of Opposition Board, the Controller shall decide the opposition and notify his decision to the parties giving reasons therefore."

27. For rule 63 of the principal rules, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"63. Determination of costs. - If the patentee notifies the Controller that he desires to withdraw the patent after notice of opposition is given, the Controller, depending on the merits of the case, may decide whether costs should be awarded to the opponent."

28. After rule 63 of the principal rules, the following rule shall be inserted, namely:-

"63A. Request made under section 26(1). - Request under section 26(1) shall be made on Form 12 within three months from the date of the order of the Controller and shall be accompanied by a statement setting out the facts upon which the petitioner relies and relief he claims."

29. Rules 64 and 65 of the principal rules shall be omitted.

30. For rule 69 of the principal rules, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"69. Procedure for the hearing of claim or an application under section 28. - The procedure specified in rules 55A and 57 to 63 relating to the filing of notice of opposition, written statement, reply statement, leaving evidence, hearing and cost shall, so far as may be, apply to the hearing of a claim or an application under section 28 as they apply to the opposition proceedings subject to the modification that reference to patentee shall be construed as the person making the claim, or an application, as the case may be."

31. For rule 71 of the principal rules, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"71. Permission for making patent application outside India under
section 39. - (1).
The request for permission for making patent application outside India shall be made in Form 25.

(2). The request made under sub-rule (1) shall be disposed of by the Controller ordinarily within a period of three months from the date of filing of such request.".

32. In CHAPTER VIII, for the existing heading, the following heading shall be substituted, namely:-

"GRANT OF PATENTS".

33. Rule 73 of the principal rules shall be omitted.

34. After rule 74 of the principal rules, the following rule shall be inserted, namely:-

"74A. Inspection of documents related to grant of patent. - After the date of publication of a grant of a patent, the application together with the complete specification and provisional specification, if any, the drawing if any, abstract and other documents related thereto may be inspected at the appropriate office by making a written request to the Controller and on payment of fee and may obtain copies on payment of fee specified in the First Schedule.".

35. For rule 78 of the principal rules, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"78. Procedure for the hearing of proceedings under section 51. - The procedure specified in rules 55A and 57 to 63 relating to the filing of notice of opposition, written statement, reply statement, leaving evidence, hearing and costs shall, so far as may be, apply to the hearing of an application under section 51 as they apply to the hearing of an opposition proceeding.".

36. In rule 79 of the principal rules, before the word "court" wherever it occurs, the words "Appellate Board of shall be inserted.

37. In rule 80 of the principal rules, after sub-rule (1), the following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely:-

"(1A) The period for payment of renewal fees so specified in sub-rule (1) may be extended to such period not being more than six months if the request for such extension of time is made in Form 4 with the fee specified in the First Schedule.".

38. In rule 81 of the principal rules, -

(a). in sub-rule (2), for the word "accepted", the word "granted" shall be substituted;

(b) for sub-rule (3), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-
"3(a) If the application for amendment under sub-rule (1) is made after grant of patent and the nature of the proposed amendment is substantive, the application shall be published.

(b) Any person interested in opposing the application for amendment shall give a notice of opposition in Form 14 within three months from the date of publication of the application.

(c) The procedure specified in rules 57 to 63 relating to the filing of written statement, reply statement, leaving evidence, hearing and costs shall, so far as may be, apply to the hearing of the opposition under section 57 as they apply to the hearing of an opposition proceeding.".

39. For rule 83 of the principal rules, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"83. Publication of the amendment allowed. -The amendments allowed after a patent has been granted, shall be published.".

40. In rule 84 of principal rules, for sub - rule (3), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"(3) Where applicant requests for a hearing within the time allowed and the Controller, after giving the applicant such a hearing, is prima facie satisfied that the failure to pay the renewal fees was unintentional, he shall publish the application.".

41. For rule 85 of the principal rules, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"85. Opposition to restoration under section 61. - (1) At any time, within two months from the date of publication of the application under sub-rule (3) of rule 84, any person interested may give notice of opposition thereto in Form 14.

(2) A copy of the notice of opposition shall be sent by the Controller to the applicant.

(3) The procedure specified in rules 57 to 63 relating to the filing of written statement, reply statement, leaving evidence, hearing and costs shall, so far as may be, apply to the hearing of the opposition under
section 60 as they apply to the hearing in the opposition proceeding.'.

42. In rule 86 of the principal rules, for sub-rule (2), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"(2) The Controller shall publish his decision.".

43. For rule 87 of the principal rules, the following rules shall be substituted, namely:-

"87. Surrender of Patents. - (1) The Controller shall publish the notice of an offer given under section 63.

(2) Any person interested may, within three months from the date of publication of the notice, give notice of opposition to the Controller in Form 14 in duplicate.

(3) The procedure specified in rules 57 to 63 relating to the filing of written statement, reply statement, leaving evidence, hearing and costs shall, so far as may be, apply to the hearing of the opposition under section 63 as they apply to the hearing in opposition proceeding.

(4) If the Controller accepts the patentee's offer to surrender the patent, he may direct the patentee to return the patent, and on receipt of such patent, the Controller shall by order revoke it and publish the revocation of the patent.".

44. In sub-rule (2) of rule 88 of the principal rules, for the words "Controller c the courts", the words "Controller or Appellate Board or the courts" shall be substituted.

45. Rule 89 of the principal rules shall be omitted.

46. In rule 90 of the principal rules, for the word and figures "Form 17 occurring at both the places, the word and figures "Form 16" shall b substituted.

47. For rule 96 of the principal rules, the following rules shall be substitute namely:-

"96. Application for compulsory licence etc. - An application to the Controller for an order under section 84, section 85, section 91 or section 92 or section 92A shall be in Form 17, or Form 19, as the case may be. Except in the case of an application made by the Central Government, the application shall set out the nature of the applicant's interest and terms and conditions of the licence the applicant is willing to accept.".

48. In rule 98 of the principal rules,-

(a) in sub-rule (1), for the word" advertisement", the word "publication shall be substituted;

(b) in sub-rule (6), for the words "of opposition to the grant of patents", the words "in opposition proceedings" shall be substituted.

49. For rule 99 of the principal rules, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"99. Manner of publication of the revocation order. - The Controller shall publish the order made by him under sub-section (3) of section 85 revoking a patent.".

50. In rule 100 of the principal rules, for the word and figures "Form 21", the words and figures "Form 20" shall be substituted.

51. In rule 101 of the principal rules, in sub-rule (7), for the words "of opposition to the grant of patents", the words "in opposition proceedings" shall be substituted.

52. In rule 102 of the principal rules, -

(a) in sub-rule (1), for the word and figures "Form 22", the word and figures "Form 21" shall be substituted;

(b) in sub-rule (6), for the words "of opposition to the grant of a patent", the words "in opposition proceeding." shall be substituted.

53. In rule 103 of the principal rules, in sub-rule (1), for the words "names and addresses", the words "names, addresses, specimen signatures and photographs" shall be substituted.

54. In rule 108 of the principal rules, after sub-rule (2), the following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely:-

"(3)(i) Copies of register of patent agents shall be maintained in each of the branch offices;

(ii) The register of patent agents shall also contain specimen
signatures and photographs of the persons registered as patent agents.".

55. In rule 109 of the principal rules, in sub-rule (1), for the word and figures "Form 23", the word and figures "Form 22" shall be substituted.

56. In rule 110 of the principal rules, for sub-rule (3), the following sub - rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"(3) The qualifying marks for each written paper and for the viva voce examination shall be fifty percent each, of total marks and a candidate shall be declared to have passed the examination only if he obtains an aggregate of sixty percent of the total marks.".

57. After rule 111 of the principal rules, the following rule shall be inserted namely:-

"111A - Issue of duplicate certificate of patent agents. - The Controller may issue a duplicate certificate of registration as patent agent on a request made by the person so registered as patent agent along with fee specified in the first schedule and contain a statement setting out the circumstances in which the original certificate issued under rule 111 was lost, destroyed and can not be produced.".

58. In rule 112 of the principal rules, for the word and figures "Form 23", the word and figures "Form 22" shall be substituted.

59. In rule 116 of the principal rules, in sub-rule (2), for the words "shall be notified in the Official Gazette", the words "shall be published" shall be substituted.

60. In rule 117 of the principal rules, -

(a) in sub-rule (1), for the word and figures "Form 24", the word and figures "Form 23" shall be substituted;

(b) in sub-rule (3), for the words "shall be notified by the Controller in the Official Gazette", the words "shall be published" shall be substituted.

61. In rule 118 of the principal rules, in sub - rule (2), for the words "shall be notified in the Official Gazette", the words "shall be published" shall be substituted.

62. In rule 120 of the principal rules, the words "in the Official Gazette and in such other manner as the Controller may deem fit" shall be omitted.

63. For rule 121 of the principal rules, the following rules shall be substituted, namely:-

"121. Period within which copies of specification etc are to be filed. - The period within which copies of specification or corresponding documents to be filed by the applicant under subsection (1) of section 138 shall be three months from the date of communication by the Controller.

121 A. Address of Communications. - All communications in relation to any proceeding under the Act or these rules shall be addressed to the Controller at the appropriate office.".

64. In rule 123 of the principal rules, the words "in the Official Gazette" shall be omitted.

65. In rule 124 of the principal rules, -

(a) in sub-rule (1), the words "in the Official Gazette" shall be omitted:

(b) in sub-rule (4), for the words "to the hearing of the Opposition to the grant of patents", the words "in the hearing of the opposition proceeding" shall be substituted.

66. For rule 129 of the principal rules, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"129. Exercise of discretionary power by the Controller. - Before exercising any discretionary power under the Act or these rules which is likely to affect an applicant for a patent or a party to a proceeding adversely, the Controller shall give such applicant or party, a hearing, after giving him or them, ten days notice of such hearing ordinarily.

67. In rule 130 of the principal rules, in sub-rule (1) and (2), for the word and figures "Form 25", the word and figures "Form 24" at both the places shall be substituted.

68. In rule 131 of the principal rules, -

(a) in sub-rule (1), for the word and figures "Form 29" the word and figures "Form 27" shall be substituted;

(b) in sub-rule (3), the words "in the official Gazette and in such other manner as he may deem fit" shall be omitted.

69. In rule 134 of the principal rules, in sub - rule (1), for clauses (f), (g) and

(k), the following clauses shall respectively be substituted, namely:-

"(f) as to when an application for patent has been refused; (g) as to when a patent has been granted;

(k) as to when any application is made or action taken involving an entry in the register, publication in the Official Gazette or otherwise, if the nature of the application or action is specified in the request.".

70. For rule 138 of the principal rules, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"138 Power to extend time prescribed. - (1) Save as otherwise provided in the rules 24, 55 and 80(1A), the time prescribed by these rules for doing of any act or the taking of any proceeding thereunder may be extended by the Controller for a period of one month, if he thinks it fit to do so and upon such terms as he may direct.

(2) Any request for extension of time made under these rules shall be made before the expiry of prescribed period.".

71. For the First Schedule and the Second Schedule to the principal rules, the following Schedules shall be substituted, namely:-

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72. For the Fourth Schedule to the principal rules, the following Schedule shall be substituted, namely: -

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[No 14/3/2004-PP&C]
ANTHONY DESA, Jt Secy

Note:-The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India vide Notification number S O 493 (E) dated the 2nd May, 2003