- 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
National IPR Policy
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 have strong and effective IPR laws, which balance the interests of rights owners with larger public interest.
Review, update and improve existing IP laws in consultation with stakeholders
Engage constructively in the negotiation of international treaties and agreements
Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) to prevent misappropriation of Indian traditional knowledge – increase ambit, examine usage for further R&D
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.
To strengthen the enforcement and adjudicatory mechanisms for combating IPR infringements.
To strengthen and expand human resources, institutions and capacities for teaching, training, research and skill building in IPRs.