Patents Act, 1970
76. Officers and employees not to furnish information, etc.
An officer or employee in the patent office shall not, except when required or authorized by this Act or under a direction in writing of the Central Government or the Controller or by order of a court-
(a) furnish information on a matter which is being, or has been, dealt with under this Act or under the Indian Patents and Designs Act, 1911 (2 of 1911); or
(b) prepare to assist in the preparation of a document required or permitted by or under this Act or under the Indian Patents and Designs Act, (2 of 1911) to be lodged in the patent office; or
(c) conduct a search in the records of the patent office.