India is among the topmost in the field of scientific research

INN/Chennai, @infodeaofficial I

India is among the topmost countries in the world in the field of scientific research. We are now working hard towards establishing ourselves as a leader in industrialisation and technological development. To achieve this Govt. of India has brought out the National IP Policy of India, 2016. This Policy recognises the creative and innovative energies that flow in India, and the need to tap into and channelize these energies towards a better and brighter future for all. It views IP holistically, and aims to create a synergy between all forms of intellectual property (IP), concerned statutes and agencies. This policy sets in place an institutional mechanism for implementation, monitoring and review. It aims to incorporate and adapt global best practices to the Indian scenario.

Sanjai Gandhi, President IPR Attorney Association & Senior Attorney for Cholamandal IP Law firm said this addressing a gathering in GLOBAL INVESTORS MEET 2019 – “Tamil Nadu as a R & D Hub – The Way Forward” recently. IP rights are made stronger by creating awareness among the inventors, improving the administration of India’s current framework and authorities. The country granted 55% more patents in 2016-17 with respect to 2015-16 with a total of 2003 patents. Today India follows a universally acceptable system in the patent grant process. Once a patent is sealed the protection is for a limited period of 20 years. And as you all know the person to whom the patent is granted has an exclusive right over the product.

On expiry of this period the patent goes into the public domain. As per a report published by the India Patent office for the year 2016-17 it is seen that. IIT (Collective), WIPRO, DRDO, Mahindra, BHEL, CSIR are the highest number of patent filing institutions in India. It is also seen that the revenue generated by the patent filing alone was Rs.41003.18 lacs equivalent approx. USD.60 million, design filing was Rs.551.44 lacs i.e. USD.800,000 (approx.), Trademarks – Rs.19236.89 lacs i.e. USD.27 million, GI – Rs.12.40 lacs i.e. USD.17,000.00.

In year of 2016 – 17 Tamil Nadu stood second with the most number of patents filing after Maharashtra. It is noticeable that Chennai is an important intellectual property hub of India. I would justify this by stating that Chennai not only has a Trademark registry office and patent office, but also headquarters the G.I. Registry office and the National Biodiversity Authority. It is also relevant to mention here that in 2016 a separate IPR Enforcement Cell of the Tamil Nadu Police was formed to deal with criminal prosecution of copyright infringements, trademark, GI, in instances where Patents and Designs are combined with other IP. Thus one can be rest assured that today Tamil Nadu has given adequate importance in sensitising its state machinery in safeguarding intellectual property as we live in a world where Knowledge is Power.

In Tamil Nadu, there has been a vast variety of registered GI products like Kancheepuram Silk, Thanjavur Paintings, Swamimalai bronze icons etc. There are 25 registered GI products in Tamil Nadu.  Thus, Tamil Nadu has been ranked third in 2017-18 in registering GI products.

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