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Technical Fields
Oil & Gas

OIL AND GAS Patents Team

Our oil & gas sector team have  extensive experience working on diverse fields includcing patents related to:


  • Surveying — including seismic analysis

  • Exploration — including drilling, casing, cementing and coiled tubing operations

  • Production — including completion systems

  • Off-shore drilling operations including downhole drilling tools, broken tool recovery systems, blowout preventers, and drilling fluid systems

  • Heave compensators for floating drilling platforms

  • Oil/gas transportation pipelines

Our patent team understands that the oil and gas industry is a global industry, and that intellectual property management strategies spanning several countries are required to maximize the commercial outcomes for our clients.
Oil and Gas Industry in India:



·      The oil and gas industry ranks amongst India’s six core industries. 

·      4th largest consumer of crude oil and petroleum products in the world. 

·      India projects an increase of the country’s refining capacity to 307.366 MMTPA by 2017 based on its current Five Year Plan (2012-17) to meet rising domestic demands and export markets.

·      Several Indian and Foreign investors includes: 

  • Reliance Industries Limited

  • Essar Oil

  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation

  • British Petroleum

  • Cairn Energy

  • Shell

  • BG Group

  • Niko Resources



Relevant Provisions 


Apart from basic criteria of patentability viz. Novelty, Inventive step and Industrial applicability which are governed by Section 2 of the Indian Patent Act, the relevant provision that impact the inventions under this category isSection 3(f) which states that “the mere arrangement or re-arrangement or duplication of known devices each functioning independently of one another in a known way” is not patentable andSection 3(d), which states that “the mere discovery of a new form of a known substance which does not result in the enhancement of the known efficacy of that substance or the mere discovery of any new property or new use for a known substance or of the mere use of a known process, machine or apparatus unless such known process results in a new product or employs at least one new reactant is not an invention.”


















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