Move to speed up dis­posal of patents un­der 'Make in In­dia' regime

FICCI Business Digest - - Special Features -

In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty (IP) will be the most im­por­tant prop­erty in the 21st cen­tury and In­dia's first IPR pol­icy which is in the off­ing would be a step to­wards nur­tur­ing and pro­tect­ing IP rights, said Ra­jiv Aggarwal, the newly ap­pointed Con­troller Gen­eral of Patents, De­signs and Trade­marks, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia. In­dia has to move on and recog­nise the im­por­tance of IPR for the suc­cess of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi's clar­ion call for 'Make in In­dia', he added. Co­in­cid­ing with the World In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Week, FICCI in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Depart­ment of In­dus­trial Pol­icy and Pro­mo­tion (DIPP) and In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Of­fice (IPO) or­gan­ised a con­fer­ence on IP as Front­line Tool for 'Make in In­dia' in New Delhi on April 29, 2015.

Aggarwal said that in or­der to give 'Make in In­dia' a fil­lip, industry has to pro­mote R&D and the gov­ern­ment needs to act as a fa­cil­i­ta­tor. He added that there was a pro­posal for speed­ing up dis­posal of patents un­der 'Make in In­dia' regime. Also, there was a need to en­hance com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of patents, he stated.

Quot­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, he said that In­dia had made the trans­for­ma­tion from a coun­try wor­ried about its 'braindrain', to a coun­try that now thinks of 'brain-gain'. The need was now to bring aware­ness about IP rights to the grass root level of the coun­try where in­no­va­tion was tak­ing place but was not be­ing em­ployed for so­ci­ety's ben­e­fit due to lack of knowl­edge .

Naren­dra Sab­har­wal, Chair, FICCI IP Com­mit­tee & Former Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, WIPO, said that In­dia's Con­troller Gen­eral was com­mit­ted to put in place an IPR Pol­icy which would give na­tional in­ter­est of the coun­try the top­most pri­or­ity and would take into con­sid­er­a­tion the con­cerns of vul­ner­a­ble sec­tions of the coun­try in sec­tors such as pub­lic health, en­vi­ron­ment and food se­cu­rity. He urged the industry to take full ad­van­tage of In­dia's IPR regime and utilise it to safe­guard their in­no­va­tions.

Dr. A Di­dar Singh, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, FICCI, said that there was now a grow­ing re­al­i­sa­tion that in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty and re­lated rights played an im­por­tant role in strength­en­ing busi­nesses and most en­ter­prises val­ued their IP as much as they val­ued their mar­ket pres­ence. Dr. Singh said that the 'Make in In­dia' cam­paign, in ad­di­tion to em­pha­sis­ing on FDI, tax and mar­ket en­try re­forms; must also work to­wards es­tab­lish­ing a vi­brant IP regime in the coun­try.

Arun Chawla, As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, FICCI, said that the ob­jec­tive of World IP Day was to raise aware­ness about in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights, to cel­e­brate cre­ativ­ity and con­tri­bu­tion made by cre­ators and in­no­va­tors to the de­vel­op­ment of so­ci­eties across the globe and to en­cour­age re­spect for IP rights.

Also, as part of the World IP Week, FICCI or­gan­ised a Na­tional On­line Poster Mak­ing Com­pe­ti­tion for all age groups across the coun­try from April 15 to April 28, 2015. The poster mak­ing com­pe­ti­tion was based on the theme pro­posed by WIPO for the World IP Day 2015, 'Get Up, Stand Up. For Mu­sic'.

Ra­jiv Aggarwal, Con­troller Gen­eral of Patents, De­signs and Trade­marks, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia (left) with Naren­dra Sab­har­wal, Chair, FICCI IP Com­mit­tee & former Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, WIPO.

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