In­dia ac­cords high­est pri­or­ity to en­force­ment of IP laws

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - BIO EVENT -

“The govern­ment has ac­corded the high­est pri­or­ity to ca­pac­ity build­ing and en­force­ment of In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty (IP) laws. With­out in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity In­dia could not hope to be­come a 10 tril­lion-dol­lar econ­omy by 2030,” said Ramesh Ab­hishek, Sec­re­tary, De­part­ment of In­dus­trial Pol­icy and Pro­mo­tion (DIPP), Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try, govern­ment of In­dia.

Ab­hishek was speak­ing at a con­fer­ence on ‘Pro­mot­ing In­no­va­tion, Cre­ativ­ity & IP Gen­er­a­tion among Women En­trepreneurs’ on the oc­ca­sion of World IP Day 2018, or­gan­ised by the Fed­er­a­tion of In­dian Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try (FICCI) in as­so­ci­a­tion with DIPP.

He high­lighted sev­eral im­prove­ments and new ini­tia­tives taken post an­nounce­ment of the IPR Pol­icy in 2016 and said that patent ex­am­i­na­tion, dis­posal and copy­right ap­pli­ca­tions and reg­is­tra­tion had seen a dra­matic in­crease in the last two years. “Around 17000 patent ap­pli­ca­tions were ex­am­ined dur­ing 201516, which im­proved to around 60000 ap­pli­ca­tions ex­am­ined dur­ing the last fis­cal,” he said, and added, “Time taken to ex­am­ine patent ap­pli­ca­tions has also re­duced from 13 months to less than a month cur­rently.”

How­ever, a lot more needed to be done to cre­ate en­abling struc­tures to pro­mote cre­ativ­ity among women.

In a video mes­sage to the par­tic­i­pants, Suresh Prabhu, Union Min­is­ter for Com­merce and In­dus­try, em­pha­sised that IP pro­tec­tion be crit­i­cal for pro­mot­ing in­no­va­tion. He said the govern­ment was com­mit­ted to spurring in­no­va­tion by fo­cus­ing on all as­pects of IP pro­tec­tion, in­clud­ing leg­isla­tive, ad­min­is­tra­tive, en­force­ment and pros­e­cu­tion mea­sures.

Jus­tice Prat­i­bha M. Singh, Judge, Delhi High Court un­der­lined the need for ag­gres­sively pur­su­ing al­ter­na­tive dis­pute res­o­lu­tion mech­a­nisms such as me­di­a­tion to set­tle IP cases. This would re­quire place­ment of me­di­a­tors at IP of­fices, she said, adding that such a mea­sure would bring down the pres­sure of adjudication on the courts.

“40-50 per cent of IP cases are set­tled through me­di­a­tion. We need more me­di­a­tors who can help in ex­pe­di­tiously re­solv­ing dis­putes,” she said.

Jus­tice Singh also stressed the need for train­ing of women in sciences so that they could be ap­pointed as me­di­a­tors. The sen­si­ti­sa­tion process con­cern­ing the pro­mo­tion of in­no­va­tion, cre­ativ­ity and IP gen­er­a­tion, she said, needed to be started right from child­hood at the school level.

Rashesh Shah, Pres­i­dent, FICCI, said that FICCI was in­ten­sively work­ing on build­ing a ro­bust IP ecosys­tem in In­dia and was proud to be a part of this legacy. He said that although women were pro­gres­sively tak­ing on the roles of in­no­va­tors and en­trepreneurs, the fact re­mained that glob­ally fewer women con­tin­ued to use the IP sys­tem than men. “Women in­no­va­tors filed less than one-third of In­ter­na­tional patent ap­pli­ca­tions,” he said.

FICCI Pres­i­dent also high­lighted the need for hav­ing more such schemes like Start-up In­dia and Atal In­no­va­tion Mis­sion to help in­crease the num­ber of women to pur­sue in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity-based en­ter­prises. “The em­pha­sis needs to be on cre­at­ing more and more plat­forms & op­por­tu­ni­ties for this ob­jec­tive,” he said.

Naren­dra Sab­har­wal, Chair, FICCI IP Com­mit­tee and for­mer Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, WIPO, said that it was es­sen­tial to have a pol­icy en­vi­ron­ment that in­spired women in­no­va­tors to thrive in a glob­alised econ­omy. En­abling women en­trepreneurs to achieve their goals and as­pi­ra­tions would be vi­tal for ac­cel­er­at­ing in­no­va­tion and build­ing stronger economies. He also un­der­lined the need for a ro­bust IP en­force­ment mech­a­nism to fa­cil­i­tate in­dus­trial in­vest­ment and faster eco­nomic growth.

Ramesh Ab­hishek, Sec­re­tary, De­part­ment of In­dus­trial Pol­icy and Pro­mo­tion (DIPP), Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try, govern­ment of In­dia speak­ing at a con­fer­ence on ‘Pro­mot­ing In­no­va­tion, Cre­ativ­ity & IP Gen­er­a­tion among Women En­trepreneurs’ on the oc­ca­sion of World IP Day 2018 in New Delhi.

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