In India, The Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) has set a Class-III category certificate for e-Filing of Patent and Trade Marks applications for person who want to apply for trademark/patent. For that reason applicant must have valid digital signature certificate.
What is trade mark?
As refer by IPOS-A trade mark is a sign that you can use to distinguish your business’ goods or services from those of other traders.
A trade mark can be represented graphically in the form of your company’s logo or a signature.
Through a registered trade mark, you can protect your brand (or “mark”) by restricting other people from using its name or logo.
What is Patent?
As refer by IPOS- A patent is a right granted to the owner of an invention that prevents others from making, using, importing or selling the invention without his permission. Once you register a patent, apart from using the patent to prevent others from exploiting your invention, you can employ it to raise funds for your business, license it to third parties for commercial returns or sell the patented invention.
Definition of Digital Signature:
According to Ministry of corporate affair “Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) are the digital equivalent (that is electronic format) of physical or paper certificates”. Examples of physical certificates are drivers’ licenses, passports or membership cards. Certificates serve as proof of identity of an individual for a certain purpose; for example, a driver’s license identifies someone who can legally drive in a particular country. Likewise, a digital certificate can be presented electronically to prove your identity, to access information or services on the Internet or to sign certain documents digitally.
Advantage of Digital Signature:
• It eliminates the possibility of imposter signing fraud of documents.
• It provides assurance of integrity of document.
• It satisfied legal requirement of document filling.
Class-III Digital Signature Certificates:
According to Ministry of corporate affair, ’This is the highest level where the person needs to present himself or herself in front of a Registration Authority (RA) and prove his/ her identity”. The Information Technology Act, 2000 provides for use of Digital Signatures on the documents submitted in electronic form in order to ensure the security and authenticity of the documents filed electronically. This is the only secure and authentic way that a document can be submitted electronically. Digital Signature Certificate is issued with a validity of one or two years by certifying authorities. Applicant can take either individual signature or signature for organization. Same digital signature certificate can use for two different patent application of one applicant.
Benefits of Digital Signature Certificate:
• DSC Provide transparency and accountability to e-filling.
• Reduce time of filling.