The Story Behind Patnet

  • George Alfred DePenning is supposed to have made the first application for a patent in India in the year 1856. On February 28, 1856, the Government of India promulgated legislation to grant what was then termed as “exclusive privileges for the encouragement of inventions of new manufactures” i.e the Patents Act. On March 3, 1856, a civil engineer, George Alfred DePenning of 7, Grant’s Lane, Calcutta petitioned the Government of India for grant of exclusive privileges for his invention – “An Efficient Punkah Pulling Machine”. On September 2, DePenning, submitted the Specifications for his invention along with drawings to illustrate its working. These were accepted and the invention was granted the first ever Intellectual Property protection in India.
  • first legislation in India relating to patents was the Act VI of 1856.
    to encourage inventions of new and useful manufactures and to induce inventors
    -to disclose secret of their inventions.
    -The Act was subsequently repealed by Act IX of 1857 since it had been enacted without the approval of the sovereign.
    – Fresh legislation for granting‘exclusive privileges’ was introduced in 1859 as Act XV of 1859. This legislation contained certain modifications of the earlier legislation, namely, grant of exclusive privileges to useful inventions only and extension of priority period from 6 to 12 months.
    The Act excluded
    -importers from the definition of inventor.
    The 1856 Act was based on the United Kingdom Actof 1852 with certain departures including allowing assignees to make application in India andalso taking prior public use or publication in India or United Kingdom for the purpose of ascertaining Novelty