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Section 1 of Patents Act 1970: Short Title, Extent and Commencement

Section 1 (Short title, extent and commencement) under Chapter I (Preliminary) of the Patents Act, 1970 ⦂―

❝(1) This Act may be called the Patents Act, 1970.

(2) It extends to the whole of India.

(3) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint:

 Provided that different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act, and any reference in any such provision to the commencement of this Act shall be construed as a reference to the coming into force of that provision.❞


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(1) The Patents Act 1970 came into force:

- w.e.f. 20-Apr-1972 vide notification No. S.O. 300 dated 20-4-1972, in respect of the provisions [except sub-section (2) of s. 12 and sub-section (2) of s. 13, s. 28, s. 68 and ss. 125 to 132] see Gazette of India, Part II, sec. 3 (ii);

- w.e.f. 1-Apr-1978, vide notification No. S.O. 799, dated 10-3-1978, in respect of the provisions of sub-section (2) of s. 12 and sub-section (2) of s. 13, s. 28, s. 68, and ss. 125 to 132 see Gazette of India, Part II, sec. 3 (ii).



The Patents Act, 1970 was amended by :
- the Patents (Amendment) Act, 1999 (No. 17 of 1999);
- the Patents (Amendment) Act, 2002 (No. 38 of 2002);
- the Patents (Amendment) Act, 2005 (No. 15 of 2005).

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