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Review of government’s initiatives on India’s Intellectual Property Rights

The Trade and Industry Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu, in Delhi, reviewed the IPR (IPR) initiatives of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the Ministry of Trade and Industry, past Sunday, to heighten the Intellectual property regime in the country.

To reduce the plethora of pending cases, 458 Patents and 59 marker examiners have been designated in addition to the existing workforce. The pendency in the patent examination is aimed at reducing from the current 7 years to 18 months before 2019. What has reduced with it is the pendency of Trademark applications at the examination stage vigorously being reduced from 13 months to a mere month.

On this occasion, the Minister also took the liberty to launch the official website of the Cell for the IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), which is a professional body created under the aegis of DIPP to ensure focused action on issues related to IPRs and the correct implementation of the objectives of the National Law Policy adopted in May 2016. One can access the website at www.cipam.gov.in. It will provide periodic updates on the latest IP trends, statistics on submitted applications, examined, subsidies and removal of various copyrights. It would provide information on the various initiatives taken by the Government to strengthen the DPI regime in the country.

One can say it is a highly progressive step taken towards a country whose Intellectual Property Rights are well protected and creative works of authorship well preserved.

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