Aleck Ncube ON Thursday the 28th of June, 2018, Zimbabwe launched its long awaited National Intellectual Property Policy and Implementation Strategy. The occasion was graced by the Honourable Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi.
NEW DELHI: There is a “dramatic” improvement in examination and disposal of IPR applications with the commerce and industry ministry taking steps to strengthen the intellectual property rights regime, a top government official said today. Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ramesh Abhishek said the ministry has taken several initiatives such as increasing manpower and the use of IT.
New Delhi, Mar 12 () The department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) is taking several steps including hiring more manpower as it hopes to dispose of over 2 lakh pending patent applications in two years, an official today said. The government official also said that filing of patent applications by Indian companies in the country has increased.
Indian Patent Office has refused patent application of Japanese drug manufacturer Otsuka Pharmaceuticals for certain forms of its anti-psychotic drug aripiprazole, a medicine it sells under the brand Abilify. Torrent has been at loggerheads with Otsuka over the patent of Abilify in other countries earlier.
Chennai: A lawyer specialising in patent and geographical indication (GI) cases has dragged the Mumbai-based controller-general of patents, designs and trademarks to court, after being denied permission to practice as patent agent before the agency.
Almost 2 lakh patents are pending examination in India, due to manpower shortages, the Economic Survey 2018-19 notes. The survey notes that there is evidence to suggest a “severe backlog” and “high rate of pendency” for domestic patent applications. “Reports indicate that due to manpower shortages there is a backlog of almost 2 lakh patents pending examination.