1. FICCI to organize seminar on ‘Protecting Brands Abroad with the Madrid System’

FICCI to organize seminar on ‘Protecting Brands Abroad with the Madrid System’

FICCI, in association with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and DIPP, is organizing a seminar on "Protecting Brands Abroad with the Madrid System" here on Monday.

By: | New Delhi | Published: July 19, 2015 5:00 AM

FICCI, in association with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and DIPP, is organizing a seminar on “Protecting Brands Abroad with the Madrid System” here on Monday.

Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman will deliver the keynote address on the occasion.

Amitabh Kant, Secretary, DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry; Rajiv Agarwal, Joint Secretary, DIPP; Naresh Prasad, Assistant DG and Chief of Staff, WIPO and Sidharth Birla, Immediate Past President, FICCI and Chairman, Xpro India Ltd. will also address the inaugural session.

Given India’s increasing number of globally recognized brands, the country has the potential to be one of the top users of the Madrid System. The program will introduce Indian companies and the trademark community to the benefits of the Madrid System, apart from focusing on business needs and will contain a walk-through of the international trademark registration procedure and recent developments under the Madrid System, as well as insights from the private sector.

There are other interesting sessions also lined up during the day to be addressed and attended by leading area experts and industry representatives.

  1. Hemen Parekh
    Jul 19, 2015 at 10:43 am
    Innovation , a distant dream ? Writing in today's ( July 19 , 2015 ) Business Standard , Arindam Majumder provides following interesting facts about patents : > No of patents filed last year * W World..................... 214,500 * USA................................ 61,492 * an.............................. 42,459 * China............................... 25,539 * India............................... 1,349 > Only one Indian eny features on the list of the top 10 recipients of Indian patents > Collectively , the IITs filed 342 patents That article also quotes Mr Narayan Murthy , expressing his anguish at the lack of innovations coming out of our IITs and Research Labs True , but while lamenting this poor state of affairs , we should also examine what causes this poor state Here are my guesses : > PATENT - FILING TIME Whereas , it takes months to get a patent approved in Developing Countries , it takes years in India ( see my old blog below ) > PATENT- FILING COST In India , it costs lakhs of rupees ( fees of Patent Attorney ) . Abroad , it takes lakhs of dollars > PATENT PROTECTION COST It costs a fortune ( whether in India or Abroad ) , to protect your patent in a court of law . Often , more than the monetary benefit derived from it ! And with never-ending appeals , it takes years to settle the matter For Indian Innovators , fighting a patent litigation in Foreign Courts , is an impossible task > PATENT REGIME India's Patent Laws are considered " weak " , especially , in case of Pharma / Chemical patents , in respect of " Product Patent " vs " Process Patent " There is also a provision whereby , Government of India can force a Foreign Patent holder to " license " it compulsorily , to an Indian applicant who wants to exploit that patent ( of course , on reasonable licensing fees ! ) > PATENT BENEFITS Abroad , when a scientist working in a Educational Insute or a Research Lab , invents something for which ,even if a patent gets applied for in the name of that Insute , he too gets a percentage of future royalties , when that patent gets licensed for commercial exploitation I don't think , Indian Inventors , benefit in this way . That takes away the incentive > PATENT PRESTIGE If the inventing scientist's name does not figure on the patent and gets replaced by the name of his boss , innovations will remain buried ! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ { Old blog dated : 26 Feb , 2012 } Want a Patent ? Be patient ! Newspaper Pravasi ( 26 Feb 2012 ) gives following interesting – but far more distressing – info about working of India’s Patent Office in Mumbai :  No of patent applications pending ………………………………… 100,000  Which will take to clear ………………………………………………….. 3 years  No of requests being examined / year ………………………….. 12,000  Additional Patent Examiners being trained …………………….. 250  Which will help clear no of applications / year ………………… 40,000  New requests being received / year ………………………………… 25,000  Annual growth-rate of requests ……………………………………… .. 20 % I would not be surprised if Indian scientists working in foreign labs are filing more patent applications abroad than the Indian scientists working in Indian labs ! Innovation will get a huge boost if Patents can be granted – or even rejected – in 6 months ! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ hemen parekh 19 July , 2015
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    1. Hemen Parekh
      Jul 19, 2015 at 10:49 am
      Innovation , a distant dream ? Writing in today's ( July 19 , 2015 ) Business Standard , Arindam Majumder provides following interesting facts about patents : > No of patents filed last year * W World..................... 214,500 * USA................................ 61,492 * an.............................. 42,459 * China............................... 25,539 * India............................... 1,349 > Only one Indian eny features on the list of the top 10 recipients of Indian patents > Collectively , the IITs filed 342 patents That article also quotes Mr Narayan Murthy , expressing his anguish at the lack of innovations coming out of our IITs and Research Labs True , but while lamenting this poor state of affairs , we should also examine what causes this poor state Here are my guesses : > PATENT - FILING TIME Whereas , it takes months to get a patent approved in Developing Countries , it takes years in India ( see my old blog below ) > PATENT- FILING COST In India , it costs lakhs of rupees ( fees of Patent Attorney ) . Abroad , it takes lakhs of dollars > PATENT PROTECTION COST It costs a fortune ( whether in India or Abroad ) , to protect your patent in a court of law . Often , more than the monetary benefit derived from it ! And with never-ending appeals , it takes years to settle the matter For Indian Innovators , fighting a patent litigation in Foreign Courts , is an impossible task > PATENT REGIME India's Patent Laws are considered " weak " , especially , in case of Pharma / Chemical patents , in respect of " Product Patent " vs " Process Patent " There is also a provision whereby , Government of India can force a Foreign Patent holder to " license " it compulsorily , to an Indian applicant who wants to exploit that patent ( of course , on reasonable licensing fees ! ) > PATENT BENEFITS Abroad , when a scientist working in a Educational Insute or a Research Lab , invents something for which ,even if a patent gets applied for in the name of that Insute , he too gets a percentage of future royalties , when that patent gets licensed for commercial exploitation I don't think , Indian Inventors , benefit in this way . That takes away the incentive > PATENT PRESTIGE If the inventing scientist's name does not figure on the patent and gets replaced by the name of his boss , innovations will remain buried ! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ { Old blog dated : 26 Feb , 2012 } Want a Patent ? Be patient ! Newspaper Pravasi ( 26 Feb 2012 ) gives following interesting – but far more distressing – info about working of India’s Patent Office in Mumbai :  No of patent applications pending ………………………………… 100,000  Which will take to clear ………………………………………………….. 3 years  No of requests being examined / year ………………………….. 12,000  Additional Patent Examiners being trained …………………….. 250  Which will help clear no of applications / year ………………… 40,000  New requests being received / year ………………………………… 25,000  Annual growth-rate of requests ……………………………………… .. 20 % I would not be surprised if Indian scientists working in foreign labs are filing more patent applications abroad than the Indian scientists working in Indian labs ! Innovation will get a huge boost if Patents can be granted – or even rejected – in 6 months ! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ hemen parekh 19 July , 2015 B2BmessageBlaster
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