I have been working on a new product design for the past few weeks. We intend to file for an Indian patent in the next 2-3 months. However, while researching on the subject, I noticed that a very similar idea has already been filed in the UK/Australia. Another tangentially similar patent was filed in the UK and has expired since then
In addition to this, a product similar to my product idea is already in limited manufacturing both in India and abroad. I was not aware of these when I started working on the idea.
Now my question is, will my application be valid if I file for patent in India? If not, what is the alternative? Can I manufacture the product from say Bangladesh or Nepal where the patent hasn't been filed and import it in India?
Thanks a lot!