[Ip-health] India - Cabinet approves National Intellectual Property Rights Policy

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From:   leena menghaney <leenamenghaney at gmail.com>
To:     IP-health <ip-health at lists.keionline.org>
Date:   13/05/2016 13:26
Subject:        [Ip-health] India - Cabinet approves National Intellectual 
Property        Rights Policy
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Link to India's new IP policy

Statement - Press Information Bureau, Government of India- Cabinet 
approves National Intellectual Property Rights Policy (
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx)  “Creative India; Innovative 
India: रचनात्मक भारत; अभिनव भारत”

The Union Cabinet yesterday approved the National Intellectual Property 
Rights (IPR) Policy that will lay the future roadmap for intellectual 
property in India. The Policy recognises the abundance of creative and 
innovative energies that flow in India, and the need to tap into and 
channelise these energies towards a better and brighter future for all.

The National IPR Policy is a vision document that aims to create and 
exploit synergies between all forms of intellectual property (IP),
concerned statutes and agencies. It sets in place an institutional 
mechanism for implementation, monitoring and review. It aims to 
incorporate and adapt global best practices to the Indian scenario. This 
policy shall weave in the strengths of the Government, research and 
development organizations, educational institutions, corporate entities 
including MSMEs, start-ups and other stakeholders in the creation of an 
innovation-conducive environment, which stimulates creativity and 
innovation across sectors, as also facilitates a stable, transparent and 
service-oriented IPR administration in the country.

The Policy recognizes that India has a well-established TRIPS-compliant 
legislative, administrative and judicial framework to safeguard IPRs, 
which meets its international obligations while utilizing the 
flexibilities provided in the international regime to address its 
developmental concerns. It reiterates India’s commitment to the Doha 
Development Agenda and the TRIPS agreement.

While IPRs are becoming increasingly important in the global arena, there 
is a need to increase awareness on IPRs in India, be it regarding the IPRs 
owned by oneself or respect for others’ IPRs. The importance of IPRs as a 
marketable financial asset and economic tool also needs to be recognised. 
For this, domestic IP filings, as also commercialization of patents 
granted, need to increase. Innovation and sub-optimal spending on R&D too 
are issues to be addressed.

The broad contours of the National IPR Policy are as follows:

Vision Statement: An India where creativity and innovation are stimulated 
by Intellectual Property for the benefit of all; an India where 
intellectual property promotes advancement in science and technology, arts 
and culture, traditional knowledge and biodiversity resources; an India 
where knowledge is the main driver of development, and knowledge owned is 
transformed into knowledge shared.

Mission Statement:
Stimulate a dynamic, vibrant and balanced intellectual property rights 
system in India to:

o   foster creativity and innovation and thereby, promote entrepreneurship 
and enhance socio-economic and cultural development, and

o   focus on enhancing access to healthcare, food security and 
environmental protection, among other sectors of vital social, economic 
and technological importance.


The Policy lays down the following seven objectives:

i. IPR Awareness: Outreach and Promotion - To create public awareness 
about the economic, social and cultural benefits of IPRs
among all sections of society.

ii. Generation of IPRs - To stimulate the generation of IPRs.

iii. Legal and Legislative Framework - To have strong and effective IPR 
laws, which balance the interests of rights owners with
larger public interest.

iv. Administration and Management - To modernize and strengthen 
service-oriented IPR administration.

v. Commercialization of IPRs - Get value for IPRs through 

vi. Enforcement and Adjudication - To strengthen the enforcement and 
adjudicatory mechanisms for combating IPR infringements.

vii. Human Capital Development - To strengthen and expand human resources, 
institutions and capacities for teaching, training,
research and skill building in IPRs.

These objectives are sought to be achieved through detailed action points. 
The action by different Ministries/ Departments shall be monitored by DIPP 
which shall be the nodal department to coordinate, guide and oversee 
implementation and future development of IPRs in India.

The National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy will endeavor for a 
“Creative India; Innovative India: रचनात्मक भारत; अभिनव 

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