Plan to Modernise IP Offices to Continue

Published: 03rd July 2014 09:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd July 2014 09:01 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: In a boost to Intellectual Property (IP) offices in the country, the Narendra Modi Government on Wednesday decided to continue with the `309.6-cr scheme to modernise and strengthen them during the 12th five year plan that will end in March 2017.

An amount of `258 crore will be spent till March 2017 and the rest will spill over to the 13th five year plan.

The decision in this regard was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), which was communicated by Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad to reporters here.

“The implementation of the scheme will strengthen the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM) and address the increase in the number of IP applications,” a government release on the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs  decision said.

It will also address growing international commitments due to the implementation of the Madrid Protocol and status of  International Search Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA). “In the 12th five year plan, the  focus would be on enhancement of human resources, upgradation of IT and database, construction of buildings, improvement in library facilities and sensitisation and awareness creation on Intellectual Property Right matters,” it said.

In the 11th plan period, the scheme had some achievements. Under the scheme, the construction of a new complex for IP archives and TM registry at Ahmedabad and an International Search Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority (ISA/IPEA) building at New Delhi were done during the period ending March 2012.

In the same period, the Centre also created state-of-the-art Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure, such as data centres, high end servers, digitisation of Intellectual Property  records, comprehensive e-filing facility for patents and trademarks, subscription to Patent and non-Patent database, filling up of new posts created under the plan, training of personnel and conduct of awareness programmes.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp