THE BEST PRACTICES IN PATENTS
AWARDING THE IP EXCELLENCE OF INDIA 2016
We de Science iNFOWARE team would like to extend our gratitude to all distinguished participants to event and making is a success for all in achieving it’s objective of sharing ‘The Best Practices in Patents and Awarding IP Excellence in INDIA’
We would also like to thank more than 2000 voters from INDIA who participated in our online poll for deciding the most voted organization for Awarding the IP Excellence, Our sincere thanks to all for making a success in carrying out the activity.
We thank Mr. Gilles Cruanes (Director Questel Orbit EMEA) for making a very insightful presentation on ‘IP business intelligence latest analytics capabilities for the Indian Market. Gilles Cruanes brings over 15 years international experience with him and He at Questel head office manages and supports corporate clients in aligning their innovation portfolio with intellectual property roadmap. Before joining Questel, Gilles Cruanes held regional executive role in Singapore and Australia, covering ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand and the Indian subcontinent.
We are very happy to share that presentations made by Mr. Prateek Mohunta (COO at Sagacious IP) on detailed process and interesting case on ‘Technology Scouting’ In a situation where technology has become globally distributed, companies / organizations must look outside their internal R&D departments for sources of new innovation. Not just this, with short product life cycles, technology scouting OR innovation sourcing also helps in accelerating the innovation process. His case was very interesting and was applauded by all distinguished participants from various technology domain. We thank Mr. Prateek for such good knowledge addition to the event.
Mr. Abhishek Pandurangi (Advocate and Partner at Khurana & Khurana) on ‘Patent Cross Licensing Due Diligence & Recommendations’ where in he conducted due-diligence for patent cross-licensing opportunities with a set of specific companies in similar Industry. We could see the great attention and with a very deep interest by all house unanimously. Thanks Mr. Abhishek, you have always been very practical and instrumental in your cases.
A brief review of brainstorming round table discussion on:
WHAT INDIAN IP CAN DO TO COUNTER CHINA’S DOMINANCE IN MANUFACTURING,
WAYS TO BOOST ‘MAKE IN INDIA’ INITIATIVE
Authored by Adv. Parag M. More, IPR Attorney, INTELLECTUAL PLATFORM
Panelists: Mr. Gilles Cruanes, Ms. Disha Dewan, Mr. Prateek Mohunta, Mr. Madhav Kulkarni, Mr. Amit Patil, Dr. Gopakumar Nair, Dr. Anthony Malvin, Mr. Ashish Bodhankar, Mr. Abhishek Pandurangi
The Round Table Discussion was chaired by Mr. Gilles Cruanes.
As being a matter of consensus that patents reflect the technical advancement and progressive nature of a country, the discussion was focused mainly on the patent assets of India & China.
The discussion opened with a short briefing by Mr. Cruanes on discussion agenda. He also provided his observations and shared his valuable experiences on the vision of European companies towards IP.
Many important aspects were touched upon by the panel members, but the climax mainly revolved around the number game, the quality of IP, the incentives & funding, the ethics and the need for matching bandwidth with world’s IP progress.
The discussion started with the issue of lack of IP awareness amongst the country. Dr. Anthony Malvin and Mr. Abhishek Pandurangi pointed the IP ignorance and expressed their concerns on making India Patent savvy.
Followed by the number game, Mr. Madhav Kulkarni listed out and compared the yearly patent filing rate, the industry growing rate, the GDP comparisons, funding etc. for the two countries. Based on his research in the matter, he claimed that the inclination towards service based industry affected our manufacturing strength. He welcomed the “Make in India initiative” with the great hopes for boosting technical innovations in country. Mr. Ashish Bodhankar also expressed similar views. Both discussed about the incentives and funding offered to the inventors for coming up with certain inventions each year and claimed this as a major driving factor behind the aggressive patent fling by China.
Whereas Mr. Abhishek tried to instruct upon the judicial delays in IP cases affecting the IP based modern industries in India, Mr. Prateek Mohunta reiterated the necessity of faster patent office procedures and special courts to adjudicate swiftly upon the IP matters.
The young and dynamic IP professional Ms. Disha Dewan strongly highlighted the strengths of Indian judiciary systems. She enlightened the audience upon the Indian judiciary capabilities on handling IP cases in just manner. She stressed on following proper legal path and opting for correct legal recourses help you in getting faster and appropriate reliefs, but inadvertently many patentee and entrepreneurs fail at this important step. She emphasized that the IP cases are handled efficiently at all judiciary levels in India and this awareness has to be promoted expansively to attract foreign companies for doing business and setting up manufacturing and distribution channels in India.
Dr. Gopakumar Nair speech was the most celebrated piece of the discussion. He tried to analyze the root cause of low patent filing by Indians. He discussed the influence of ancient Indian culture of free knowledge dissemination which is still prevalent to large extent amongst Indian scholars. “Knowledge in India was never protected rather it was propagated. Indians gave wholeheartedly to the world. That is why we lag in patent filing.” These were the eye opener sentences for the audience. Dr. Nair also provided a different perspective to the “paper vs patent publication” debate. This is the reason our scholar never think of putting ownership boundaries to their innovations. The next in round of his agenda was quality of innovations and the enforcement of chinse patents. He shared his personal experiences highlighting the insubstantial nature of innovations and lacunae of Chinese patent enforcement systems. Conversely, he upheld the path adapted by India to innovate quality products and systems and also admitted the need of IP awareness. He firmly emphasized on not to be a hopeless runner in patent filing race rather follow our rich culture of quality innovation. Mr. Amit Patil shared same views and agreed on the judicial vigilance promulgated by Ms. Dewan.
Also, few of the audiences shared their views to add substance to the discussion. Ms. Anuradha, the renowned IP professor from IIPS pinpointed the economic factor as one of the main hindrance to patent filings by professors and students. Further, the huge royalty rates by govt. funding agencies also demotivate the academic institutes.
Lastly, taking the opportunity to speak, I briefly mentioned about the Indian Govt.’s DSIR recognition scheme benefits. This scheme is implemented by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research of Ministry of Science & Technology. The scheme is very lucrative for the startups, SMEs as well as Big Companies having R&D unit/s. The DSIR R&D recognition process has several benefits. Properly structuring R&D unit, streamlining R&D activities, accurately planning product pipelines, budgeting R&D expenditure etc. are vital for any new Startup or SME. These activities are inherently implemented while complying with DSIR guidelines. Further the income tax rebate, excise duty exemptions are the rewarding encouragements for innovation based business. In my opinion these benefits will certainly help Indian entrepreneurs to compete with China on Industrial & Research front. Thus, dissemination of such Govt. scheme is of prime importance.
At last the session was concluded with the message that “India has inherent potential for innovation. Our Govt. has been always supporting and encouraging the Innovations and Industries. We need to spread more awareness towards IP and the available funding and legal aids provided by our nation. Our quality innovations will always keep us progressive!”