Saturday, 30 January 2010

Indian IP filings

I have just been reading through the World Intellectual Property Organization's "World Intellectual Property Indiactors 2009".

What strikes one is:
(i) how rarely the word "India" appears,
(ii) how poorly India appears to do (even after including NRI filings), and
(iii) how late is the information that is supplied by the Indian Patent Office (most of the information is from 2006, some from 2007).

If India wants to do well from a financial point of view in the future, we need to:
(a) wake up the Indian Patent Office, and
(b) encourage our companies and citizens to register the IP which undoubtedly exists, and is being increasingly created, in the country.

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