Digital Signature Certificate for IPR

Intellectual property rights provide protection to the creators and inventors for their intellectual assets in conformity with the public policy objectives of the country. IPRs are essential for promotion and creation of new technologies, their protection, transfers, enforcement and dissemination. The Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 provides for the use of Digital Signatures on the documents submitted in electronic form in order to ensure the security and authenticity of the documents filed.

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In order to e-file Patent and Trademarks in India, the Controller General of Patents, Design and Trademarks (CGPDTM) has stipulated a Class 3 category digital signature certificate. Class 3 DSC provides the highest level of security and comes with 1 year, 2 year and 3 year validity. A person who already has the specified Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) for any other application can use the same for e-filing of a patent application and it is not required to obtain a fresh DSC.

Which type of certificate is required ?

Class 3
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Why do I need a Digital Signature Certificate?

A Digital Signature Certificate authenticates your identity electronically. It also provides you with a high level of security for your online transactions by ensuring absolute privacy of the information exchanged using a digital certificate. You can use certificates to encrypt information such that only the intended recipient can read it. You can digitally sign information to assure the recipient that it has not been changed in transit, and also verify your identity as the sender of the message.

Where can I use Digital Signature Certificates?

You can use Digital Signature Certificates for the following:

  • For secure email and web-based transactions, or to identify other participants of web-based transactions.
  • To prove ownership of a domain name and establish SSL/ TLS encrypted secured sessions between your website and the user for web based transactions.
  • As a developer, for proving authorship of a code and retaining integrity of the distributed software programs.
  • For signing web forms, e-tendering documents, filing income tax returns, to access membership-based websites automatically without entering a user name and password etc.

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