New Delhi, Aug. 29
WITH the new patent regime in place from the beginning of this year, India today moved into the hi-tech area of intellectual property rights with the first modern patent office becoming operational in Delhi from Monday.
Three more such offices will come up in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
Inaugurating the new office building, the Minister for Commerce and Industry, Mr Kamal Nath, said Indian patent offices would be comparable to the best in the world.
Stating that the offices of all related services such as patents, trademarks, copyright and geographical indications would be located in the same complex, the Minister said now it would be the responsibility of the intellectual property officials to ensure delivery of services in an equally efficient and transparent manner.
Terming intellectual property as the foundation of a knowledge-based economy, Mr Nath said intellectual property, be it in the form of patents, design, trademarks or geographical indications, were becoming increasingly important not only for wealth creation, but for providing employment and improved living standards for the masses.
"Patent application filings in India have gone up almost four-fold in the last five years (from 5,000 in 1999-2000 to 17,000 last year). In the last two years alone, we have issued about two lakh trademark certificates, and another one lakh certificates are going to be issued in the current year," he said.
Commenting on the new patent regime that came into effect from January this year, the Minister said: "Our legislations are well calibrated to meet our domestic requirements while fulfilling our international obligations.
"While amending the Patents Act to meet our obligations under TRIPS, the Government has ensured sufficient public safeguards to protect not only the domestic industry but the common man also," he said.