Filing of patents increased by 50% in the last 7 years

Apr 12:India achieved yet another milestone in the context of the IP innovation ecosystem, wherein for the first time in the last 11 years, the number of domestic patent filing has surpassed the number of international patent filing at the Indian patent office in the Quarter Jan-Mar 2022 i.e. of the total 19796 patent applications filed, 10706 were filed by Indian applicants against 9090 by non-Indian applicants. This is represented as under:


Graph: Quarter-wise patent applications filed by Indian applicant vis-à-vis, non-Indian applicant.

The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal appreciated the consistent efforts made by DPIIT on strengthening the IPR regime in India by fostering innovation and reducing the compliance burden. The coordinated effort by DPIIT and IP office has led to increased IP awareness among all strata of society. These efforts have on one handled increased the number of IPR filings, and on the other hand, reduced the pendency of patent applications at IP offices. He also mentioned that this will take India a step closer to India’s ambitious target of being in the top 25 nations of the Global Innovation Index.

Some of the key initiatives taken by the Government over the years that have bolstered India’s IP regime include fee concessions like a 10% rebate on online filing, an 80% fee concession for Start-ups, Small Entities, and educational institutions, and provisions for expedited examination for Startups and MSMEs along with other categories
The cornerstone laid down by the National IPR policy and the efforts made by the Government have transpired in the following achievements for India:

  • Filing of patents has increased from 42763 in 2014-15 to 66440 in 2021-22, more than 50% increase in a span of 7 years
  • Nearly five times increase in the grant of patents in 2021-22 (30,074) as compared to 2014-15 (5978)
  • Reduction in Time of patent examination from 72 months in Dec 2016 to 5-23 months at present, for different technological areas
  • India’s ranking in Global Innovation Index has increased to 46th in 2021 (+35 ranks) as compared to 81st in 2015-to 16

Graph: filing and grant of patent applications over the years


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