Helping Indian researchers to apply for international patents
Faced with the impassivity shown by the information technology researchers and innovators, the government is extending a helping hand. Department of Information Technology (DIT), government of India and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) have started a scheme for the purpose. Through this scheme, researchers can get half of the expenses for filing international patents reimbursed.
This forms one of the steps taken by DIT and CDAC to increase awareness on Intellectual Property Rights, especially for Small and Medium Enterprises. The scheme seeks to encourage indigenous innovation and to recognise the value and capabilities of global IP and capture growth opportunities in the area of information technology and electronics.
R. Y. Deshpande, Head-Legal and IPR, C-DAC, Pune said, “We had done a project two years ago and found the pathetic situation regarding patents filing. People even do not know that Indian patent is required before filing international patents. We had submitted the report to DIT which decided to launch the scheme.”
Incidentally, the scheme was launched last year in a program conducted in association with Maharatta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA). Based on a sample study of Published Patent Applications related to information and communication technologies carried out by it, C-DAC and the DIT had conducted an IPR awareness programme for SMEs in association with the MCCIA last year. At that occasion, DIT had announced this scheme. Later, the program was conducted also in other cities.
As per the scheme, DIT will reimburse 50% of cost of patent filing for any international patent filing by SMEs whose patentable inventions are in ICT/Electronics domains irrespective of final application areas.
Interestingly, the figures of Published Patent Applications (related to ICT) in Indian Patent Office Journal, during last 3 years show that less than 10% published applications have been filed in the areas of Information and Communications Technologies by Indian Companies /Organizations.
According to Deshpande, this scheme has no time frame and will continue as long as the government funding is available. Only two companies from Pune have applied for patent under this scheme while 18 companies from Chennai and 16 are from Bangalore.
- The scheme designed by department of Information Technology, government of India is meant to help small, medium enterprises and start-up units.
- Upto 50% of the total patent cost can be reimbursed through this scheme. Support will be limited to Rs. 15 lakhs or 50% of the total expenses incurred on filing each invention whichever is less.
- Applicants having already filed a patent application for the said invention in India and inventions in the electronics/ICT technology domain will be eligible for the support.
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