Cabinet approves National Intellectual Property Rights Policy

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The Union Cabinet has approved the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy, 2016  that will lay the future roadmap for intellectual property and encourage innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in India.

The Policy recognises the abundance of creative and innovative energies that flow in India, and the need to tap into and channelise these energies towards a better and brighter future for all.

The National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy will endeavor for a “Creative India; Innovative India: रचनात्मक भारत; अभिनव भारत”.

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Union Commerce Ministry nodal agency for regulating IP rights in the country.

Mission Statement:

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.
  • Focus on enhancing access to healthcare, food security and environmental protection, among other sectors of vital social, economic and technological importance.

The Policy lays down the following seven objectives:

  1. IPR Awareness:  To create public awareness about the economic, social and cultural benefits of IPRs among all sections of society.
  2. Generation of IPRs : To stimulate the generation of IPRs.
  3. Legal and Legislative Framework : To have strong and effective IPR laws, which balance the interests of rights owners with larger public interest.
  4. Administration and Management : To modernize and strengthen service-oriented IPR administration.
  5. Commercialization of IPRs : Get value for IPRs through commercialization.
  6. Enforcement and Adjudication : To strengthen the enforcement and adjudicatory mechanisms for combating IPR infringements.
  7. Human Capital Development : To strengthen and expand human resources, institutions and capacities for teaching, training, research and skill building in IPRs.

Other highlights of NPR Policy

  • The National IPR Policy aims to create and exploit synergies between all forms of intellectual property (IP), concerned statutes and agencies in the country. 
  • It aims to incorporate and adapt global best practices to the Indian scenario and sets in place an institutional mechanism for implementation, monitoring and review. 
  • This policy shall weave in the strengths of the Government, research and development organizations, educational institutions, corporate entities nd other stakeholders in the creation of an innovation-conducive environment. 
  • Recognises abundance of innovative and creative energies in the country and prioritizes the need to tap and channelise these energies towards a better and brighter future for all. 

The Policy recognizes that India has a well-established TRIPS-compliant legislative, administrative and judicial framework to safeguard IPRs, which meets its international obligations while utilizing the flexibilities provided in the international regime to address its developmental concerns. It reiterates India’s commitment to the Doha Development Agenda and the TRIPS agreement.

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