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National IPR Policy

The Policy

  • Formulated after intensive stakeholder consultation with nearly 300 organisations and individuals by an IPR Think Tank, as also 31 departments of the Government of India
  • Approved on 12 th May 2016 by the Government of India
  • A vision document that encompasses and brings to a single platform all IPRs, taking into account all inter-linkages within the Indian IP ecosystem, aimed at creating and exploiting synergies between all forms of intellectual property (IP), concerned statutes and agencies
  • Sets in place an institutional mechanism for implementation, monitoring and review and aims to incorporate and adapt global best practices to the Indian scenario
  • Reiterates India’s commitment to the Doha Development Agenda and the TRIPS agreement
  • Recognizes that India has a well-established TRIPS-compliant legislative, administrative and judicial framework to safeguard IPRs
  • Balances the interests of rights owners with larger public interest
  • To create awareness about IPRs as a marketable financial asset and economic tool; ensure monetization of India’s ‘frugal engineering’ strength
  • Serves as a guide on the IPR regime in India for times to come by ensuring that the IP regime is characterized by single-mindedness of purpose and direction
  • Positions India as an economy conducive to innovation and enables channelizing of the strengths of various stakeholders for the same
  • To place before the world a vibrant and predictable IP regime with a stable, transparent and service-oriented IPR administration to stimulate creativity and innovation
  • IPR Policy to be reviewed every five years; Committee under Secretary, DIPP for regular appraisal
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.
To stimulate a dynamic, vibrant and balanced intellectual property rights system in India to:
  • foster creativity and innovation and thereby, promote entrepreneurship and enhance socio-economic and cultural development, and
  • focus on enhancing access to healthcare, food security and environmental protection, among other sectors of vital social, economic and technological importance


7 core objectives, with a number of actionable steps to be implemented by nodal Departments, in coordination with other departments, State Governments, industry and various stakeholders.Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) responsible for overall coordination.
The broad contours of the National IPR Policy with some key action points are delineated below:
To create public awareness about the economic, social and cultural benefits of IPRs among all sections of society.

Through roadshows and campaigns; incorporation in syllabi and course material for school and higher education level. Online and distance learning programs to be introduced

Schools, colleges, skill development centers and industry clusters among others to be covered

To stimulate the generation of IPRs.

Creativity and innovation would be encouraged, leading to generation of IPs and their coverage through IPRs

IPR output from Government as well as private laboratories and organizations to be improved; R&D to be encouraged

Domestic filing of patents

To modernize and strengthen service-oriented IPR administration

Augment manpower after analyzing projected workload, speedy disposal of backlog, requirements of global protection systems and productivity parameters

Restructure, upgrade and modernize IP Offices

Get value for IPRs through commercialization.
  • Marketing of Indian IPR-based products, especially GIs, and services to a global audience
  • Assistance to smaller firms for protection of IPs internationally
  • Access to affordable medicines and healthcare solutions
  • Timely approval for manufacturing and marketing of drugs, while maintaining safety and efficacy standards
  • Promoting R&D across sectors in public and private institutions
To strengthen the enforcement and adjudicatory mechanisms for combating IPR infringements.
  • Creating IP modules for judges and persons from legal profession
  • Specialised Commercial Courts to deal with IP disputes
  • Piracy and Counterfeiting being a serious concern needs to be addressed
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution methods for Resolution of IP disputes; Mediation and conciliation centres to be strengthened.
To strengthen and expand human resources, institutions and capacities for teaching, training, research and skill building in IPRs.
  • Encourage and support capacity building among Women Creators, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Practitioners, Teachers and Trainers
  • Encourage formulation of institutional IP Policy/ Strategy in Government Departments, Higher Education, Research and Technical Institutions
  • IP Cells be set up in relevant Ministries, State Governments, Industry associations and major academic institutions; CIPAM to monitor and coordinate
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