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TTO Patent-related Support Services

The objectives of the MRIC Technology Transfer Office (MRIC-TTO) are to provide:

  1. technical support to local inventors, and

  2. assistance in the identification, protection and management of Intellectual Property (IP) that can arise from their activities.

In this line, the MRIC has set up a collaborative agreement with an Indian law firm, namely SKS Law Associates to assist local inventors in accessing the following patent-related support services:

  • examining characteristics of the inventions to identify novelty, inventive step, and industrial application;

  • conducting a customised pre-filing patent search (including novelty search) to identify prior art;

  • providing a Novelty Search Report;

  • providing a professional/legal opinion on the patentability of inventions;

  • the preparation and drafting of patent applications and

  • advice on evaluation of technology and commercialisation.

These services offered by the MRIC, with the collaboration of SKS Law Associates, are designed to enable better preparation of the applicant for submission to the Industrial Property Office of Mauritius (IPOM). In this context, the preparation would also be valuable if the applicant wishes subsequently to consider applying for the grant of a patent in another country or region through the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

The collaboration between the MRIC and SKS Law Associates adds to existing measures taken by the Council to promote awareness and the use of IP.

The MRIC has already processed six applications under these services for consideration by SKS Law Associates, and is receiving expression of interests from other local inventors to make use of these new services. ​

Details on the patent-related support services are available from:

Prepared by: Dr N Gopaul and Ms K Lakheearam

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