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The policy defines that the cost of filing and prosecution of patent application will be reimbursed to the incubated startup companies subject to a limit of Rs. 2 lakh (0.2 million) per Indian patent awarded. For awarded foreign patents on a single subject matter, up to Rs. 10 lakh (1 Million) would be reimbursed. The reimbursement will be done in 2 stages, i.e., 75% after the patent is filed and the balance 25% after the patent is granted. The detailed guidelines for this are provided below:

Eligibility Criteria
  • The applicant should be a Startup registered with the Karnataka Startup Cell with a valid Karnataka Startup Cell registration number. Additionally, the startup should be incubated, physically or virtually.
  • Only patents that have been filed by a startup within validity of this Policy (from the date of publish of GO) will be eligible to claim this reimbursement.
  • Patents that are created for a technology based service or product or uses technology for enhancing functionality or reach of an existing product or service are eligible.
  • The applicant should have already filed or been granted a patent with the concerned authority. The applicant should have paid the mandatory Government fees/attorney fees in this regard.
  • The eligible startups will submit the application in the prescribed format along with the documents mentioned in the format to the Karnataka Startup Cell as follows:
Application for reimbursement Post Filing of Patent:

Applicant should have filed for the patent for which reimbursement is being claimed. The Applicant may claim reimbursement towards fees paid to the concerned authority and legal charges, if any (drafting/consultation). The reimbursement shall be made on a one-time basis and shall be availed only once for the particular patent application. Applicant to mandatorily fill and submit relevant documents along with Annexure I – Form A and B in the prescribed format.

Application for reimbursement Post Grant of Patent:

Applicant should have already been granted the patent for which reimbursement is claimed and should have already claimed reimbursement of costs incurred post filing of the patent under clause 13.1.5(1). Applicant may claim reimbursement towards fees paid to the concerned authority and legal charges, if any (drafting/consultation). Applicant to mandatorily fill and submit relevant documents along with Annexure I – Form A and B in the prescribed format. Applicant shall not be entitled to reimbursement under this provision in case Applicant has received reimbursement of Rs. 2 Lakhs for a domestic patent filing and/or Rs. 10 Lakh for foreign patent filing

Application for reimbursement Post Filing and Post Grant of Patent simultaneously:

Applicant should have been granted the patent for which reimbursement is being claimed and should not have claimed reimbursement for the same previously. Applicant may claim reimbursement towards fees paid to the concerned authority and legal charges, if any (drafting/consultation). Applicant to mandatorily fill and submit relevant documents along with Annexure I – Form A, B and C in the prescribed format. Applicant shall be eligible to reimbursement up to Rs. 2 Lakh for an Indian Patent and up to Rs. 10 Lakh for a foreign Patent.

Mandatory Documents :
  • KBITS Registration No.
  • Duly filled forms as applicable and Annexure I &II
  • Duly filled forms and Annexure –I, II and III if applying through a GoK supported Incubator.
  • A copy of the patent filed at the appropriate authority.
  • Certificate of Patent Grant from Patent Office as applicable.
  • Detailed statement of expenses incurred towards the Patent Registration along with the copies of invoices & receipts from the patent authority and legal counsel as applicable.
  • All Invoices submitted by the appropriate Patent Authority towards Govt. fees and towards legal agents.
  • The certificate of Patent with valid serial number must be furnished and valid form 27 to be enclosed.

On receipt of all necessary documents, KITS will duly analyze the application for eligibility. Post review & assessment of the Application, KITS will arrive at the quantum of reimbursement due and payable. The Managing Director, KBITS will finally sanction the eligible amount for reimbursement and the decision shall be deemed final in this regard. Reimbursement amount will be released / disbursed on the seniority basis depending upon the Budget allotment of the State Government.

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