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Patents are one of the key determinants to measure the innovativeness and thus the competitiveness of the nation.

Adoption of the TRIPS compliant Patent regime stimulatedthe patenting activity in the country across all types of technology fields among industrial sectors and S&T institutions as well as individuals.

A systematic study of the patenting activity becomes necessary to calibrate the Indian innovative capability to generate new knowledge and innovative technologies. Recognising the importance of the area, the Office of PSA to GoI has constituted anexpert committee to conduct a comprehensive study of the national IPR performancecovering the period of first decade of the new Millennium.

The period covers the 5 years after India signed the WTO agreement as well as 5 years after the new patent regime came into implementation.

The scopeof study will cover some of the following aspects:

  • Quantitative mapping of Patenting activity by various publicly funded institutions and organizations as well as private industry across the fields in India inter alia:
    • by different performers (research institutes, Academic institutes, universities, industry, foreign firms, SMEs etc.)
    • assessment of trends in terms of rate of growth, emerging patterns across the technological fields;
  • in-depth analysis of some specific sectors and comparing & benchmarking these sectors with select countries including BRICS nations, Korea and Taiwan;
  • Status of IPR Policies in select scientific agencies, Institutions, Industry and to assess their implementation and performance;
  • Effectiveness of monetization of IPR emanating from publicly funded institutions in India, identifying possible weaknesses and suggesting institutional approaches to enhancing the same;
  • assess the present incentive mechanisms for obtaining international and/ or national patents as well as sharing the revenues with inventors and suggest new mechanisms; and
  • Comparative assessment of the Patent regime in BRICS nations.