New Delhi: The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, stated in Parliament today that information available with the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM), shows that a total of 5,852 requests seeking permission for filing applications outside India were received during 2018-19. Out of these, 3,522 requests were from Information Technology (IT) sector.
Further, 966 International applications under Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) were filed during 2018-19 by Indian applicants at Indian Patent Office with a request to forward the same to World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Besides, 1,061 International applications under PCT were filed by Indian applicants directly to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
India’s ranking in PCT Filing is 13th during the year 2018 as per WIPO Report.
As a measure to encourage patent filing by individuals and organizations, awareness programs and workshops on creation, protection, management and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) are regularly organised by the Cell for Intellectual Property Rights Promotion and Management (CIPAM), Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (RGNIIPM) and the office of CGPDTM in collaboration with the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), industry associations, universities, colleges, schools, Law Enforcement Authorities and Judiciary for the benefit of various types of stakeholders.
National and international symposia, seminars, workshops, and roving seminars on Intellectual Property are conducted in collaboration with WIPO and Foreign Patent Offices to facilitate Indian stakeholders to protect their IPRs on the global platform.
Goyal also shared details of functioning incubation centres by State and UT, as per the information available with Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). The data showed that Tamil Nadu has the highest number of functioning incubation centres with 66 centres, followed by Karnataka with 42 centres and Kerala with 36 centres.
This information was given by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.
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