According to India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and Intellectual Property Rights, the number of patents filed in India increased by 600 per cent between the fiscal years 1999-2000 and 2006-2007.
“In the era of globalisation, the importance of IPR is growing and has become imperial to the growth of Indian economy.” — Sujit Gulati, IAS, state industries commisioner.
More details on this government report are provided in the following article from the Business Standard:
If the total number of IPR applications filed in the country is an indication, then India is creating a conducive environment for innovations. According to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), the filing of patent applications has increased from 4824 in the year 1999-2000 to 28,882 applications in the year 2006-2007. As against 8,010 trademark (TM) registrations in 1999-2000, 109,361 TMs were registered in 2006-07. Also, the filing of applications for design has increased from 2874 in 1999-2000 to 5372 in 2006-07.
Out of these, there has been a significant increase in the number of patent applications filed in the computer/electronics and biotechnology fields in recent years, due to the intensive research and development activities taking place in these sectors. One of the main reasons for the growth in the number of patent applications filed in India has been attributed to the government’s initiatives to strengthen the IPR in India, in collaboration with industry and academia.
“In the era of globalisation, the importance of IPR is growing and has become imperial to the growth of Indian economy. Companies like Cadila Pharmaceuticals and Dishman have positively adhered to the IPR, keeping intact the confidence of businesses of the world in Gujarat,” said Sujit Gulati, IAS, state industries commisioner at a seminar on ‘Intellectual Property for Prosperity’, organised in Ahmedabad by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the US embassy in India.