Patent filings grow 30%

Kolkata, Nov 29 | Updated: Nov 30 2006, 07:15am hrs
The patent office expects the number of patent applications to maintain a 30% growth this year as well, from 24,500 in 2005-06 to around 30,000 this year. This was stated by assistant controller of patents and designs Amitava Chakraborty at the Kolkata patent office the headquarters of the Indian patent system.

The largest applications are expected at the Delhi office. And, overall, most of the applications continue to be from foreign companies, that account for a tentative 80%.

In terms of number of filings, the Delhi office is likely to rank first with 12,000 applications, followed by 7,000 applications from Chennai, 6,000 from Kolkata, and the rest from Mumbai, said Chakraborty. Patent filings have been growing 30% annually since 2002-03, Chakraborty added. We expect the growth pattern to maintain itself in the current year, he said. Chakraborty was present at an EU-India meet on intellectual property management practices, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The largest number of patent filings has been in the chemicals and pharmaceuticals segment, which account for around half the total filed. Information technology and electronics follows, with around 20%.