Cabinet approves MoU between India and Sweden on IPRs 

Why in news?

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared MoU signed between India and Sweden on intellectual property right (IPR) cooperation, aimed at benefiting entrepreneurs, investors and businesses.

Facts: ( for Prelims)

  • The MoU establishes a wide-ranging and flexible mechanism through which both countries can exchange best practices and work together on training programmes and technical exchanges to raise awareness on IPRs and better protect intellectual property rights.
  • The government hopes that the MoU signing will further the objective of National IPR Policy, 2016, and sees it as a landmark step towards becoming a major player in global innovation.

Analysis: (for Mains)

Features of MOU:

A Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) with members from both sides will be formed to decide cooperation activities to be taken under the MoU in following areas:

 

  1.      Exchange of best practices, experiences and knowledge on IP awareness among the public, businesses and educational institutions of both countries;
  2.      Collaboration in training programmes, exchange of experts, technical exchanges and outreach activities;
  3.      Exchange and dissemination of best practices, experiences and knowledge on IP with the industry, universities, R & D organisations and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through participation in programs and events in the matter, organized singly or jointly by the Parties;
  4.     Exchange of information and best practices for disposal of applications for patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyrights and Geographical Indications, as also the protection, enforcement and use of IP rights;
  5.        Cooperation in the development of automation and implementation of modernization projects, new documentation and information systems in IP and procedures for management of IP;
  6.      Cooperation to understand how Traditional Knowledge is protected; and the exchange of best practices, including traditional knowledge related databases and awareness raising of existing IP systems; and
  7.       Exchange of information and best practices regarding Intellectual Property law infringements in the digital environment, especially regarding Copyright issues.

 

About National IPR 2016:

The National IPR Policy is a vision document that aims to create and exploit synergies between all forms of intellectual property (IP), concerned statutes and agencies.

  • This policy shall weave in the strengths of the Government, research and development organizations, educational institutions, corporate entities including MSMEs, start-ups and other stakeholders in the creation of an innovation-conducive environment, which stimulates creativity and innovation across sectors, as also facilitates a stable, transparent and service-oriented IPR administration in the country.

 

Why IPR are necessary?

While IPRs are becoming increasingly important in the global arena, there is a need to increase awareness on IPRs in India, be it regarding the IPRs owned by oneself or respect for others’ IPRs. The importance of IPRs as a marketable financial asset and economic tool also needs to be recognized. For this, domestic IP filings, as also commercialization of patents granted, need to increase. Innovation and sub-optimal spending on R&D too are issues to be addressed.

 

Objectives:

The Policy lays down the following seven objectives:

  1. IPR Awareness: Outreach and Promotion – To create public awareness about the economic, social and cultural benefits of IPRs among all sections of society.
  2. Generation of IPRs – To stimulate the generation of IPRs.

3. Legal and Legislative Framework – To have strong and effective IPR laws, which balance the interests of rights owners with larger public interest.

  1. Administration and Management – To modernize and strengthen service-oriented IPR administration.
  2. Commercialization of IPRs – Get value for IPRs through commercialization.
  3. Enforcement and Adjudication – To strengthen the enforcement and adjudicatory mechanisms for combating IPR infringements.

vii. Human Capital Development – To strengthen and expand human resources, institutions and capacities for teaching, training, research and skill building in IPRs.

 

How shall the policy be effective?

  • These objectives are sought to be achieved through detailed action points. The action by different Ministries/ Departments shall be monitored by DIPP which shall be the nodal department to coordinate, guide and oversee implementation and future development of IPRs in India.

 

  • The National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy will endeavour for a “Creative India; Innovative India: रचनात्मकभारत; अभिनवभारत”.

 

Source: PIB and Business Standards.