Intellectual Property Rights Policy Management Framework

Context:  There are 8 types of intellectual property rights covered under Intellectual Property Rights Policy Management (IPRPM) framework. National IPR Policy 2016:
  • The framework was launched in the form of National IPR Policy 2016 encompassing all IPRs into a single vision document setting in place an institutional mechanism for implementation, monitoring and review of IP laws.
Seven Objectives of the Policy:
  • Encourage Innovation and Creativity
  • Provide Stronger Protection and Incentives for Inventors, Artists, and Creators
  • Improve Procedural Requirements in IP Processing
  • Modernize & Digitize IP Offices for Streamlined Workflow
  • Scheme for Facilitating Start-Ups Intellectual Property Protection (SIPP)
  • Awareness Initiatives and Programs for Stakeholders
  • Expand Knowledge Capacity & Skill Building
Types of Intellectual Property Rights Covered under IPRPM Framework:
  • Patents
  • Trademark
  • Industrial Designs
  • Copyrights
  • Geographical Indications
  • Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Layout Design
  • Trade Secret
  • Plant Varieties
  • Under the National IPR Policy, various objectives and activities have been undertaken to promote and protect intellectual property rights:
  • Amendment in IPR Laws and Rules: Improving procedural requirements in IP processing for faster grant and disposal.
  • Modernisation & Digitisation of IP Offices: Enhancing functioning and performance of IP Offices through streamlined workflow processes.
  • Scheme for Facilitating Start-Ups IP Protection (SIPP): Encouraging startups to file patent applications.
  • Reduction in Filing Fees: Offering fee rebates for startups, MSMEs, and educational institutes to promote patent filing.
  • Expedited Examination for Certain Applicants: Fast-tracking patent grants for startups, small entities, and women inventors.
  • Awareness Initiatives and Programs: Educating stakeholders on the importance of protecting their IPR during early business development.
  • National Intellectual Property Awareness Mission (NIPAM): Imparting IP awareness and basic training in educational institutes.
  • National IP Awards: Recognizing and rewarding top achievers for their IP creations and commercialization.
  • Patent Facilitation Programme: Revamping the process to provide financial, technical, and legal support for patent filing.
  • Expand Knowledge Capacity & Skill Building: Setting up IPR chairs in educational institutions to promote research and development in IPR. Currently, 37 IPR Chairs are incorporated, facilitating 146 patent filings, 424 registered patents, and conducting 1373 IP programs.
  • Commercialization of IP: Establishing Technology Innovation Support Centres (TISCs) in universities and councils to support IPR education, boost IP filings, and commercialize IP.
News Source: PIB
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