Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

A PAR­LIA­MEN­TARY panel re­cently re­vealed that the num­ber of pa­tents filed by the Depart­ment of Biotech­nol­ogy had dropped by more than 50 per cent in the last three that the num­ber of na­tional pa­tents filed dropped from 70 in 2013-14 to 33 in 2015-16. Sim­i­larly, the num­ber of for­eign pa­tents filed dipped from 18 in 2013-14 to 10 in 2015-16. The per­for­mance of the depart­ment has gone down con­sid­er­ably in the last three years, both in terms of pa­tents Tech­nol­ogy said in a re­port tabled in the Ra­jya Sabha.

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