View: Pushing the innovation nation

Reengineering of IP processes, manifold augmentation of technical manpower and enhanced use of technology have left their mark in changing the contours of India’s IP landscape.

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It is crucial to make the new generation IP-savvy, recognising their own, and respecting others’, IP.
By Ramesh Abhishek

India is a perfect example of a policy-driven innovation environment. With the adoption of the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy in May 2016, India has come a long way in revamping its IP regime. Reengineering of IP processes, manifold augmentation of technical manpower and enhanced use of technology have left their mark in changing the contours of India’s IP landscape.

Trademark examination time is down to a month from the earlier 13 months. Pendency in patents at examination has halved, even as the fastest patent has been granted in 67 days from date of filing request for examination. This has seen IP filings shoot up, domestic patent filings increasing by 42% in past four years.


‘Make in India’, ‘Skill India’ and ‘Digital India’ are a part of wider set of nation-building initiatives, which are showing results. ‘Start Up India’ has empowered 20,000 startups through innovation and design, with India now the third-largest startup nation. Smart India Hackathon has emerged as the world’s largest national-level open innovation model, bringing industry, educational institutes, government agencies and professionals together on one platform, with two lakh participants in 2019, up from 30,000 in 2017.

The Research Park at IIT Chennai is a model for corporate-academia collaboration. Accelerating Growth of New India’s Innovations (AGNIi) aims to support the ongoing efforts to boost the innovation ecosystem by connecting innovators across industry, individuals and the grassroots to the market. Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) have been nurturing a creative mind space at the school level. The Smart City mission is witnessing innovation in policy, technology and managerial and organisational capabilities across India.

Four new National Institutes of Design (NIDs) have been established on the lines of NID, Ahmedabad. Promoting innovation of a higher order through government-industry tieups has been the intent of Uchchatar Avishkar Yojana. Almost 200 fellowships have been accorded through the PM’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research public-private partnership.
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IPR awareness and training programmes across the board are being carried out by the Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (Cipam), under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). It is crucial to make the new generation IP-savvy, recognising their own, and respecting others’, IP.

(The writer is secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), GoI)

(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this column are that of the writer. The facts and opinions expressed here do not reflect the views of www.economictimes.com.)
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