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Government of India
Ministry of Science & Technology
20-July-2016 17:06 IST
Patents for New Discoveries

The Ministry of Science and Technology through its constituent Departments is taking various steps for accelerating the pace of progress in the field of scientific research and development by implementing various schemes through competitive grant mechani

 

The Ministry of Science and Technology through its constituent Departments is taking various steps for accelerating the pace of progress in the field of scientific research and development by implementing various schemes through competitive grant mechanism with S&T Institutions, Universities and Non-Governmental organization (NGOs).   

This includes support to the research and development lab and institutions, support to scientists and researchers for investigators centric research proposals, strengthening Science and Technology (S&T) infrastructure in universities and institutions of higher learning through Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and other Higher Educational Institutions (FIST), promoting S&T entrepreneurship and innovation, technology development and demonstration, empowering women and weaker section of the society through science.

 To attract young scientists to adopt science as career prospective, a programme Innovation in Science pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) was mounted under which large number of awards, scholarships and fellowships have been supported. To maintain and safeguard the intellectual property of the Indian Scientists free of cost, a Patent Facilitation Programme is being implemented. Support is also being provided for development of improved devices in the area of energy and water.

 

The Ministry has also taken initiatives at international level through bilateral cutting edge R&D programmes in the areas of artificial intelligence, internet of things, big data analytics, robotics, automation, clean technology, advance manufacturing, embedded systems, bio medical engineering and automobile engineering.

 

As per the Patents Act, 1970, patent is granted for an "invention" which means a new product or process involving an inventive step and capable of industrial application. Section 3 of the Patents Act relates to “Inventions Not Patentable”, and thus excludes certain inventions to be not patentable.’

 

As per Section 3 (c) of the Act, the mere discovery of a scientific principle or the formulation of an abstract theory or discovery of any living thing or nonliving substance occurring in nature is not patentable.

 

The details of the number of applications submitted/filed on inventions for obtaining patents by Indian scientists and from other developed/developing countries during each of last three years and the current year is attached at Annexure-I.

 

This was stated by Minister of State for Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S.Chowdary,  in a written reply to a Question in Lok Sabha today.

 

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Annexure-I

 

Total Filing of applications for patents

 

Year of filing

Number of patents application filed

201314

42951

201415

42763

201516

46904

201617 till Date

12442

 

Total Filing with Breakup of Indian & Foreign (Natural Person & Others)

Year of filing

Indian (Natural person & Others)

Foreign (Natural Person & Others)

Total

201314

10941

32010

42951

201415

12071

30692

42763

201516

13058

33846

46904

201617 till Date

3248

9194

12442

Total

39318

105742

145060

Applications filed by Natural Persons of India & Abroad

Year of filing

Applications from Indian

Natural Person

Applications from Foreign

Natural Person

2013-14

4416

1170

2014-15

4616

1088

2015-16

5406

1283

2016-17

1566

359

Total

16004

3900

 

(Source: Controller General Patents Designs and Trade Marks, Mumbai )