A novelty search can be through free patent databases such as Google Patents, Freepatentsonline.com, Patentscope (WIPO) and espacenet (EPO).
A patentability search done by an experience patent lawyer/agent can cost you anywhere between ₹ 7,500 - ₹ 15,000.
For public search a person has to visit ipindia.nic.in, and select public search option on homepage, then again select ‘Patent’ Under ‘Public Search’ Option opened in new window. Then, you can check for Published Patents, Granted Patents and also if you have a patent application no., you can check the ‘Application status’ by entering the application no. and captcha.
Check on free patent search databases by entering the keywords related to medicine. If the patent is present in your country then it can be categorized ‘patented medicine’ otherwise it is a generic medicine.