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India: New Numbering System in Effect as of 1/1/2016

Effective January 1, 2016 the Indian Patent Office introduced a new numbering format when issuing application numbers for patents. The numbers now contain 12 digits; the first 4 numbers stand for the year the application was filed.  The 5th digit stands for the Jurisdiction of the Patent Office (1 for Delhi, 2 for Mumbai, 3 for Kolkata, 4 for Chennai).