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The year 2020 was not less than a roller coaster ride for most of us. Undoubtedly, it played a significant role in cherishing real and small things. It taught us everything is temporary apart from the real values, bonds, relationships, and love we share with each other. However, the previous year affected each and every corner of the economy including the field of Intellectual Property.
In 2020, there was a wave of ups and downs in granting Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and others. Even it was noticed a decrease in filing of applications at some point in time. Even then every initiative was taken to dispose of those applications as soon as possible. “Infrastructure up-gradation, manpower augmentation, regulatory reforms, and IT enablement have resulted in speedy disposal of intellectual property application”, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) said in a statement.
The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is a central government department that comes under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Its main functions involve the formulation and implementation of various promotional and developmental measures for the growth of the industrial sector while keeping in mind the national priorities and socio-economic objectives. On one hand, individual administrative ministries work in looking after the production, distribution, development, and planning aspects of many specific industries being allocated to them whereas, on the other hand, DPIIT is fully responsible not only for the overall working and implementation of industrial policy but also for facilitating and increasing the foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to the country.
It was reported by the data of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) that India granted almost 17,148 patents out of 37,660 applications filed till November 30 this fiscal. As per the data, a total number of 2,78,023 applications were filed out of which1,35,289 trademark registrations were given green flags during April-November 2020-21. In the same manner, 9,221 copyrights were granted out of a huge number of 13,861 applications that were filed during the same period of time.
“Electronic filing systems are in place for filing of applications for patents, trademarks, designs, and geographical indications,” the department said. It added, “The scheme for facilitating start-ups’ intellectual property protection, launched for encouraging innovation and creativity of start-ups, has now been extended up to March 2023.” Nine patents have been granted till November this fiscal to different start-ups out of approximately 1,262 applications. Whereas, 106 patents were granted in 2019-20 to start-up.
Further, the DPIIT did many things to bring out reforms in Intellectual Properties and to promote industry and internal trade such as the issuance of quality control orders (QCOs) for 100 different products like the air conditioner, toys, footwear, pressure cooker, and microwave oven, under the provisions of BIS Act, 1986/2016. Apart from this, other quality control orders were issued for 15 products under the Indian Explosives Act, 1884 (gas cylinders, valves, and regulators).
Basically, technical regulations/QCOs are issued by the DPIIT for those industries which are falling under its domain with the aim to provide safe and reliable quality goods, minimizing health hazards to consumers, promoting exports, promoting import substitutes, and also restricting imports of sub-standard products.
Categorisation is done for every kind of product under an HSN code (Harmonised System of Nomenclature) in general parlance of trade. Such categorisation helps in a systematic classification of goods across the globe. DPIIT explained, “71 HSN Codes as identified by the Department of Commerce based on import surge have been examined by us. Out of which QCOs notified for 22; additional 13 are under consideration; on the rest 36, QCO not feasible.” Let’s hope for positive outcomes in the field of Intellectual Property and in the economy of the countryside by side.