(WIPO code: IN) (last revised January 2021)

by REMFRY & SAGAR, Attorneys-at-Law, Gurgaon, New Delhi National Capital Region

General Information

Area

3,287,000 sq. km.

Population

1,386,070,400 (estimated December 2020).

Capital

New Delhi with about 30.3 million inhabitants (estimated 2020).

Official Languages

23 languages including Hindi (official) and English (associate official).

Currency

Indian rupee.

Railroads

123,542 km of open routes.

Roads

(approx.) 5,897,671 km.

General Remarks

Since independence in 1947, India has made remarkable progress. From a basically agricultural country, it is now a substantially developed country with a broad based industrial infrastructure and is now actively participating in providing technical know-how to the lesser-developed countries. The country has excelled in information technology and information technology enabled services industry. India has been ranked amongst the top 3 attractive destinations for inbound investments. Since 1991, the regulatory environment in terms of foreign investment has been consistently eased to make it investor-friendly. The Indian government has taken several initiatives to create a conducive environment for the protection of intellectual property rights by bringing about changes at legislative and policy level. Specific focus has been placed on improved service delivery by upgrading infrastructure, building capacity and using state-of-the-art technology in the functioning of Intellectual Property Offices in the country.Since independence in 1947, India has made remarkable progress. From a basically agricultural country, it is now a substantially developed country with a broad based industrial infrastructure and is now actively participating in providing technical know-how to the lesser-developed countries. The country has excelled in information technology and information technology enabled services industry. India has been ranked amongst the top 3 attractive destinations for inbound investments. Since 1991, the regulatory environment in terms of foreign investment has been consistently eased to make it investor-friendly. The Indian government has taken several initiatives to create a conducive environment for the protection of intellectual property rights by bringing about changes at legislative and policy level. Specific focus has been placed on improved service delivery by upgrading infrastructure, building capacity and using state-of-the-art technology in the functioning of Intellectual Property Offices in the country.

During the year 2020, the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM) took steps for further strengthening technical manpower in Patents and Trademarks and to enhance efficiency, uniformity and consistency in the processing of IP applications. The Office of the CGPDTM took several initiatives during the year to further promote bilateral as well as multilateral cooperation on IP at international level. The profound initiatives taken by the Office of the CGPDTM have shown a remarkable improvement in the numbers achieved.  Continuing at this pace, the dream of having an efficient IP Ecosystem, augmenting the industrial growth in the country, is not far from being accomplished. Having said that, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic affected the functioning of the IP Office as it did to the entire nation as such.  India went into a complete lockdown on March 25, 2020.  The process of the unlock down started from June 1, 2020 and is being carried out in phases.  Unlock down 7.0 was imposed on December 1, 2020.  While the functioning was stalled during the lockdown, the IP Office commenced functioning from June 1, 2020.  Currently, the Office is functioning with a part of the human resources working from the office while the remaining working from home.