The Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu addressing at the inauguration of the National Conference on Counterfeiting & Role of Enforcement Agencies, in New Delhi on March 13, 2018.
The Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu addressing at the inauguration of the National Conference on Counterfeiting & Role of Enforcement Agencies, in New Delhi on March 13, 2018.

IPRs is crucial to creativity and innovation

Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, delivering key note address at the National Conference on Counterfeiting and Role of Enforcement Agencies in New Delhi

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, inaugurated a 2 days National Conference on Counterfeiting and Role of Enforcement Agencies in New Delhi on 13 March 2018. Delivering the key-note address the Minister said that India was one among the first countries in the world to support the need for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) especially in the pharmaceutical sector. India is fully committed to have Intellectual Property Rights in the country and towards that end the Government of India enacted the National IPR Policy 2016 (NIPR Policy). This will stimulate innovation and creativity across sectors and will also provide a clear vision regarding IPR issues.

The Minister further elaborated the various initiatives of the Government and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry like awareness initiatives for citizens and business houses, strengthening of enforcement agencies, sensitisation of the judiciary, simplifying and streamlining of processes for applying for patents and trademarks.

Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union to India and Bhutan, said that protection and enforcement of IPRs is crucial to creativity and innovation. In the European Union, IPR incentive sectors account for 40% of the GDP. European Union countries are some of the most innovative countries in the world. Counterfeit and pirated goods account for 2.5 % of global trade. It is in India’s interest to protect IPRs and to have more effective law enforcement.

Secretary DIPP, Ramesh Abhishek, Joint Secretary DIPP Rajiv Aggarwal, Siddharth Roy Kapur, President Film and Television Guild of India and senior police and law enforcement officers were present during the function.

News Update| 02 APR 2018 |

Pendency of Patent Applications down from 2.04 lakh to 1.72 lakh

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has taken multipronged approach to increase disposal of patent applications. The pendency of patent applications at examination stage has come down from 2.04 lakh as on 31st March 2017 to 1.72 lakh as on 28th of February this year. This information was given by the Minister of State of Commerce and Industry, C R Chaudhary, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today. He said that 6235 applications were examined in February 2018 as against 3925 during the corresponding period during last year. Patent offices have been established in Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai and necessary physical and IT infrastructure is established in all the patent offices.

The Minister informed that the manpower has been augmented for examination and disposal patent applications, 495 Examiners of Patents and Designs have been recruited and 84 new posts of Examiners and 95 posts of controllers have been sanctioned for patent offices. Computerized work-flow, automation and IT enablement have been implemented to facilitate the examination work and optimize the speed and quality of examination. Timelines have been imposed to ensure speedy disposal and the number of admissible adjournments has been limited under the amended Patent Rules. Now applications can be transferred electronically from any of the branches of Patent Office to another. Expedited examination and hearing through video conferencing are also permitted.

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