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India to match standards of developed economies on pendency of patent and trademark applications – Amitabh Kant
Dec 02, 2015

Conferring the awards, during the 2nd International Conference on IP Laws & Enforcement of IPR here on Wednesday, Mr. Amitabh Kant, Secretary, DIPP mentioned that the government is taking steps to further streamline the patent examination process at the Intellectual Property Office in order to bring it at par with the standards of US and UK by ensuring that the pendency of cases does not exceed three months. On the other hand Mr. Kant informed that in case of trademarks it will be ensured that there is no pendency of cases. He informed that these changes can be expected within the next 18 months and steps are being taken on a war footing to recruit 1000 examiners and outsource work to institutions such as IITs. 

While delivering his speech, Mr. Amitabh Kant expressed concern over the low levels of domestic filings in patents as well as commercialization. Recognizing the need to scale up the process of IP creation and commercialization of technology, the Government of India embarked on the process of preparing the National IPR Policy that can guide India towards becoming an innovative economy in the next 10 years. He informed that the IPR Policy has already been circulated to ministries to receive their comments on the subject after which the policy would be sent to the cabinet for approval. 

Tata Consultancy Services, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., Resil Chemicals Pvt. Ltd and Envision Scientific Pvt. Ltd., were among winners of the CII Industrial Intellectual Property Awards for 2015. Tata Consultancy Services won the award for the top patent driven industry in the category of large enterprises while Envision Scientific Pvt. Ltd. won the same award for the SME category. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. was conferred the awards for top trademark driven and top design driven industry amongst large enterprises. On the other hand Resil Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. won the award for top trademark driven industry amongst SMEs. 

The awards constituted for the first time by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), given every year to industries at the forefront of using intellectual property as a tool for fueling growth and expansion. Comprising of a trophy and a citation, the awards are evaluated on the basis of number of IPRs granted / registered in India and abroad, the IPR management practices, R&D and monetization of intellectual property. 

New Delhi

2nd December 2015

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