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Is it mandatory for an applicant (of a patent application in India) who is not a resident of India to hire a registered patent agent in India?

Is it mandatory for an applicant (of a patent application in India) who is not a resident of India to hire a registered patent agent in India?

As per the provisions of the Indian Patent Act, 1970, an applicant must provide an address of service in India for communication purpose. Therefore, it is recommended to consider appoint a registered patent agent which will help to get an address of service in India as well as provide expert knowledge of local laws.

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