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

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

General Information

Area

3,287,000 sq. km.

Population

1,399,768,456 (estimated December 2021).

Capital

New Delhi with about 31 million inhabitants (estimated 2021).

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.

The Office of the CGPDTM took several initiatives during the year 2020 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.

Interestingly, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic did not affect the functioning of the IP Office since the same was digitized well before. Online filings continued so did examination. Although the economy was disrupted to some extent, especially in certain sectors such as hospitality, aviation, tourism etc., the past quarter has been very encouraging.