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Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry is responsible for Intellectual Property Rights relating to Patents, Designs, Trade Marks and Geographical Indication of Goods and oversees the initiative relating to their promotion and protection. These include the outlining of policy and its implementation through the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks. It promotes awareness regarding protection of the Intellectual Property Rights inherent in industrial property in conjunction with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and apex industry organizations apart from similar initiatives involving regional industry associations. It also provides inputs on various issues relating to the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Properties (TRIPS) related to World Trade Organization (WTO) in these fields. The Department undertakes technical cooperation programmes with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva for the modernization and up gradation of intellectual property administration relating to patents, designs, trademarks and geographical indications and the organization of  Human Resource Development  and awareness generation activities in the country.

The major initiatives by the Department this year include modernization of IP infrastructure and establishment of new integrated offices in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai.  A programme costing Rs.153 crore has been implemented in the 10th Five Year Plan. The programme focused on: Infrastructure development; computerization; human resource development; training and awareness.  Further modernisation of IP Offices to provide additional human resources, higher level of computerisation to support on-line processing, strengthening of data-base and novelty search facilities, awareness generation activities, accession to international treaties/conventions is being taken up in 11th Five Year Plan.  The Department has introduced e-filing facility for patent and trademark applications.  Along with the legislation, rules have also been amended to install a user-friendly system for processing of IP applications. All rules and forms are available on the website: .

These initiatives along with the legislative reforms which were already in place have resulted in increase in filing of patent applications from 4824 in the year 1999-2000 to 28,882 applications in the year 2006-2007.    The number of applications examined has also gone up to 14,119 in 2006-07 against the figure of 2824 in the year 1999-2000. A total of 7359 patents have been granted in 2006-07.

The Scientist, the Patent and the Mangoes - Tripling the Mango Yield in the Philippines

By Elizabeth March, WIPO Magazine Editorial Team** Source: WIPO Magazine Issue No. 6/2008 dated June 2008
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