ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Concern on IP Policy

We, the undersigned organisations and individuals, understand that ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to the United States (US), the government has decided to review India’s positions on intellectual property rights (IPRs). We are concerned about the timing that has been chosen to undertake a ministry-level exercise on India’s IPR policy and apprehend the proposed exercise could become a hostage to the pressures of US government and companies.

The Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman, in a press briefing on 8 September, indicated that the government would roll out a revised policy on IPRs. She also indicated that this policy would focus on boosting innovation and tone up the overall administration, besides setting up a think tank to strengthen the country’s patent regime. She is reported to have said,

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