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Govt. measures to reduce patent application time to 18 months under way

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NEW DELHI: Intellectual Property Rights regime in India is undergoing a process of re-engineering with the collaboration of government and industry, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Joint Secretary Rajiv Aggarwal said today.

Speaking at a conference on ‘IP: Innovation to Drive Business and Competitiveness’ , Aggarwal said the tool kit to protect intellectual property (IP) rights which had been launched earlier in association with FICCI has enabled the law enforcement agencies especially police to help strengthen the government machinery to handle IP rights infringement issues.

The meet was organised by FICCI in association with DIPP, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, to commemorate the World Intellectual Property Day 2017.

He added that this tool kit has been provided to all state police departments across the nation. He added that there was still a long way to go and with partners like FICCI the government was looking forward to step up its efforts.

Aggarwal said recently Chandigarh was felicitated with an award for enforcement of IP in the country, which was a proof of government’s earnest intentions of fast-tracking enforcement in IP. He added that the government was taking steps, including hiring manpower, to reduce the patent application examination time to 18 months.

Alluding to the need of embedding the culture of IP early in life, Aggarwal said a new drive had been initiated where awareness programmes on IP were being run in schools as it would also enable in taking forward the agenda of innovation.

The conference aimed to capture the essence and increasing IP buzz in the country while providing a useful forum for various IP stakeholders to deliberate on the importance and potential of generating, protecting, enforcing, commercializing, and incorporating IP and innovation in the core of business strategies.

The deliberations focused on how IP supported innovation by attracting investment, rewarded creators and encouraged them to develop their ideas ensuring, at the same time, that the emergent knowledge was ultimately available for the future innovators to develop further on the existing knowhow. The forum served as a platform for leading IP experts from India and abroad to discuss how to ensure that, in the days to come, IP and Innovation become the driving force for business growth and competitiveness in India as well as globally.

FICCI IP Committee Chairperson Narendra Sabharwal, formal Deputy General of WIPO, said a baseline survey should be undertaken by the stakeholders to audit the progress in the IP space, which would help in identifying the priorities as well as the gaps in the system. He added that economic impact studies should also be carried.

He said there was need to strengthen enforcement, especially, in the online arena and focus on appropriate commercialization of IP assets. He added that creation of human capital should be accorded priority. In recent years, Intellectual Property has spawned a new wave of technological innovations, leading to rapid economic growth and development. As businesses grow and attract competition, the need to identify, develop and leverage IP becomes even more important in order to sustain and thrive in the market.

The industry looks forward to the further strengthening of certain key areas of India’s IP regime. Stronger IPR enforcement and greater connectivity of IP policy with existing legislations and business environments are two such critical needs. These will not only incentivise innovation, but help attract investment that will create new jobs and opportunities. Indian business is confident that as the IPR Policy implementation moves forward, the economy will grow faster towards achieving the desired growth rate. The year 2017 marked a step forward for India in its IP history with the Indian leadership adequately recognizing the crucial role that intellectual property played in fostering innovation, accelerating growth and enhancing business competitiveness.

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