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What are the steps involved in the patent application registration process?

Following are the steps in the registration process: I. File a patent application in the IPO II. Patent application is published after 18 months or one has to request for early publication III. File a request for examination along with requisite fees within 48 months from date of filing-without the request the application will not be examined (Form 18) IV. First Examination Report (FER) is issued if Patent office is not satisfied V 6 months with an extension of 3 months to respond to the FER VI. Pre-grant opposition can be filed by any person after the date of publication of application but before the grant of patent VII. If requirements are satisfied, patent will be granted and notified in the Patent Office Journal