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India: IP Filing on the rise since Government’s strong steps towards IP Sensitization

April 11, 2019

Source: www.ipindia.nic.in

India is committed to protect Intellectual Property Rights of all innovators and entrepreneurs and a comprehensive National IPR policy is being finalized’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured a gathering of British businessmen during his maiden trip to the UK back in 2015. His comments came at a time when several countries and multinational corporations want India to bring its IP laws at par with global standards.

The Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Office’), aims to meet requirements of constantly changing IP landscape and aspires to strengthen the culture of transparency, accountability and efficiency in its management. It endeavors to establish a vibrant and balanced IP regime in the country to support the country’s innovation and developmental objectives. The Office has undergone sweeping transformations due to various initiatives for easing of access to all stakeholders, augmenting efficiency in the processing of IP applications, accomplishing uniformity and consistency in the examination of application, strengthening transparency and dissemination of IP related information, nurturing bilateral co-operation at the international level and leveraging the level of IP awareness amongst the public.

Recently, the Cell for IPR Promotion and Management, released the new filing statistics of the IP Office for the year 2017-18 available over here.

Patents

During the financial year 2018-19, 47854 patent applications were filed exhibiting a slight rise of 3.2% in the filing as compared to the previous year. The trends of last five years in respect of patent applications filed, examined, granted and disposed are given below. Disposal of applications includes patents granted/ refused by the patent office and also applications withdrawn and abandoned by the applicants.

Further, during 2017-18, the number of patent applications examined increased by more than 100%, number of grant of patents increased by 55.3% and disposal of applications increased by 37.7%, as compared to 2016-17.

 

Patent

Year 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Filed 43674 42951 42763 46904 45444 47854
Examined 12268 18615 22631 16851 28967 60330
Granted 4126 4227 5978 6326 9847 13035
Disposal 9027 11411 14316 21987 30271 47695

Source: Cell for IPR Promotion and Management’s IP Filing Statistics available over here.

Designs

 

During 2018-18, 11837 design applications were filed. The number of applications examined decreased by 1.5 % and the number of design registrations increased by 8% in 2017- 18 as compared to 2016-17.

Design

Year 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Filed 8337 8533 9327 11108 10213 11837
Examined 6776 7281 7459 9426 11940 11850
Registered 7252 7178 7147 7904 8276 10020
Disposal 7300 7226 7218 8023 8332 10788

 

Source: Cell for IPR Promotion and Management’s IP Filing Statistics available over here

Trademarks

In the past year, 272974 applications for trademark registration were filed at all five locations of Trade Marks Registry. The number of applications examined decreased by almost 85 %, whereas number of registrations of trademarks showed a phenomenal increase of 20%. Disposal of applications, which includes registered, refused, withdrawn and abandoned applications, increased by 150% as compared to 2015 -16.

Trademark

Year 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Filed 194216 200005 210501 283060 278170 272974
Examined 202385 203086 168026 267861 532230 306259
Registered 44361 67876 41583 65045 250070 300913
Disposal 69736 104756 83652 116167 290444 555777

 

Note:‘The drop in Trademark examination FY in 2017-18 is due to the elimination of pend-ency and examination of an application is just one month.

Source: Cell for IPR Promotion and Management’s IP Filing Statistics available over here

Copyright

During the reporting year, 23217 applications were filed, and 26195 applications were examined. A total number of 19997 Copyrights were registered. The trends in Copyright applications filed, examined and registered during the last three years, even since the Copyright Office was shifted under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion are given below.

Copyright

Year 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Filed 14812 15627 23217
Examined 9325 6397 26195
Registered 4505 3541 19997

Source: Cell for IPR Promotion and Management’s IP Filing Statistics available over here

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