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tration), these are subject
matter of sectoral Ministries.
FDI can provide the neces-
sary finance for the major
investments required for
upgrading and expanding
existing service facilities. It
is expected to improve the
range of services at better
competitive prices, along
with technology inflow.
Looking at the unprec-
edented growth of the
services sector and the fu-
ture prospects, what kind of
enabling framework is DIPP
working on to ensure India
achieves its potential?
Thrust of this Department is
to create an investor friendly
environment and to remove
obstacles that come in the
way of doing business in
India. A series of measures
has been taken up by this
Department to improve
Ease of Doing Business
. The
emphasis has been on sim-
plification and rationalisa-
tion of the existing rules and
procedures. Information
technology is being leveraged
to make governance more
efficient and effective.
Details of initiatives in
this regard are available on
. Under
Make in India
a dedicated portal with com-
plete backend support up to
sectoral and state levels has
been launched globally on
September 25, 2014 in 25
thrust sectors. An Investor
Facilitation Cell has been cre-
ated in Invest India to guide,
assist and handhold investors
during the entire lifecycle of
the business.
What about IPR? How
do you propose to bring
it at par with international
standards without com-
promising India’s internal
interests? What are the basic
challenges that you must
India has a comprehensive
legal framework with IPR
which is consistent with
TRIPS. India has been a
founder member of WTO
and has also acceded to sev-
eral WIPO administered
treaties. India is at par with
the international standards
and its comprehensive legal
framework on IPRs includes
Patent Act, 1970 (amended in
2005); Trademarks Act, 1999
(amended in 2010), Geo-
graphical Indicators of Goods
(Registration and Protection)
Act, 1999; Designs Act, 2000;
Copyright Act, 1957 (amended
in 2012), Biological Diversity
Act 2002; Protection of Plant
Varieties and Farmers Rights
Act, 2001; and Competition
Act, 2002.
There are a number of
challenges that must be coun-
tered with respect to IPR.
Firstly, the number of filing
applications by Indian appli-
cants should improve since
patent activity is considered
to be an index of scientific
development in the country.
In terms of statistics, out of
43,674 patent applications
that were filed in India only
9,911 applications were filed
by Indian applicants which
accounts for only 22 per cent
of the total filing. Although
filing statistics shows a steady
improvement during the last
decade, a lot of catching-up
has to be done. Designs and
Trademarks show a relatively
better trend in this regard,
however there is still a lot of
scope of improvement.
In order to improve the
filing, IP office has been
organising awareness pro-
grammes on IPR in coopera-
tion with Industry Associa-
tions for Government, R&D
institutions, universities and
technical institutions and in
various clusters of technol-
ogy especially in the area
of MSME sector. IP Office
is also organising the IPR
awareness programme in
cooperation with WIPO and
other international organisa-
tions to keep abreast with
international developments
in the field of IP.
The Government is also
intending to coordinate with
CBSE, NCERT, UGC to cre-
ate awareness programmes
in schools and universities
more aggressively including
addition of IPR Chapter in
the textbooks and syllabus at
various levels.
The other challenge is to
tackle the long-standing com-
plaint regarding pendency
in patent applications. The
Government has in August
2014 approved of creation
of 1,033 posts in Intellectual
Property Office and has also
sanctioned a project of Rs.
258 crores for further upgra-
dation of HR, IT facilities and
The next big challenge is to
allay fears of the developed
countries regarding certain
aspects of the Patents Act.
Although all IP related Acts
“India has put in
place a highly
liberalised and
investor friendly
policy regime
wheremost of the
sectors, including
services sectors,
are open to FDI
under automatic
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