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Govt will suggest states to frame own IPR policies
Business Standard, Aug 24, 2016
The government would suggest states to formulate their own intellectual property rights (IPR) policies to promote innovation and give a boost to state economies, an official said on Tuesday.

The department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), the nodal authority regulating IPR-related matters, on Tuesday convened an interactive session on the mational IPR policy. Industry associations such as FICCI, CII, and Nasscom were present. These entities suggested a host of changes to the IPR policy and the government’s ongoing efforts to generate intellectual property in the country.

One suggestion was that state governments should have their own IPR policies to better incentivise IPR filing, fund research and development activities, boost states’ economies and promote creativity and innovation at local level.

"We will suggest state governments to consider this and prepare their own IPR policy document, but this won’t be mandatory," the official said. Chief secretaries have been asked to select their nodal officers for intellectual property-related matters, the official said.

The ministry has also asked them to translate the policy into regional languages for better reach.

The National IPR Policy, approved in May, aimed at strengthening the intellectual property regime. Accordingly, administration of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957, and the Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout-Design Act, 2000, have been brought under DIPP.

On Tuesday, industry stakeholders pointed out that proper education should be imparted to existing holders of intellectual property for the policy to reach its goal. Also, the Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) was constituted under DIPP, currently facilitating the creation and commercialisation of IP assets in collaboration with the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks.

Speaking on the occasion, DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhishek said industry organisations needed to do more to help CIPAM in taking forward the nationwide awareness campaign on IPR.

Till now, DIPP has carried out roadshows in 18 states in this regard. The target is to carry out 3,500 roadshows by the end of 2020.

Abhishek said in recent decades, the pace of innovation in the country was not impressive, and as India is looking to be $10-20 trillion economy in the future, it is important to promote innovation and creativity.
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