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New Delhi, Feb. 7

INDIA is concerned about data protection as it is not covered within TRIPs (Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights) and if it is to leverage its vast scientific pool and inexpensive manpower, data protection is a must, according to Dr Ajay Dua, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

"An expert group is looking at this aspect. However, we don't subscribe to the view that we need data exclusivity at this point in this country."

He was delivering the keynote address at the inaugural session of World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) International Seminar, organised by WIPO in co-operation with FICCI and the DIPP.

Dr Dua also said that the Government is almost ready with its manual for patents, which would outline the steps required to file for patents.

On the issue of enforcement, he said that many developing countries falter on this count.

"I think respecting the rights of people who have made innovations is important. It is as important as the issue of socio-economic development."

He added that the need to make intellectual property rights (IPR) an important and fourth factor of production apart from land, labour, and capital. Countries with better IPR regimes stand better chances of progress, he said.

Mr Sherif Saadallah, Executive Director of WIPO, said that one of the major challenges was to ensure that the IPR system be adequately integrated into the national policy framework and be used to support the country's development objectives.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 8, 2006)
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