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Commerce Minister proposes reduced IPR fees

Published: Sep 16, 2019

Commerce Minister proposes reduced IPR fees

By TIOLCORPLAWS News Service

NEW DELHI, SEPT 16, 2019: MR Piyush Goyal, the Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry, today proposed to reduce the fees for various IPRs. Convaying the proposal, he added that India is taking great strides in strengthening its intellectual property ecosystem. Recognising the importance of nurturing innovation and creativity in a knowledge economy, lower fees is a measure towards enhancing the IPR ecosystem in India.

Further, given the key role played by MSMEs in the economic growth of India, fees for various IPRs as proposed are:

IPR

ACTIVITY

CATEGORY

CURRENT FEES

PROPOSED FEES

REDUCTION (%)

PATENTS

FILING

MSME

4000/ 4400

1600/ 1750

60

Request For Examination 10000/ 11000

4000/ 4400

60

EXPEDITED EXAMINATION (only e-filing) 25000

8000

68

RENEWAL 2000 to 20000 (+10% for physical filing) 800 to 8000 (+10% for physical filing) 60

DESIGNS

FILING

MSME/ Startup

2000

1000

50

GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS REGISTRATION 500

NIL

100

ISSUANCE OF REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE AUTHORISED USER

100

NIL

100

RENEWAL

1000

NIL

100

Fees structure is for e-filing/ physical filing. Draft Rules for amendment in GI Rules have been notified. National IPR Policy adopted by the Government in 2016 has paved the way to further strengthen the IPR regime in the country. Already, the concrete steps undertaken in the past 5 years have seen IP filings rise:

Filing of IP applications

Increase from 2013-14 to 2018-19 (%)

Patents

18

Trademarks

69

Domestic filing for patents has increased from 22% in 2013-14 to 34% in 2018-19. Awareness programmes for IP are being conducted at schools, colleges, universities, R&D institutes and industry clusters. Multi-pronged strategies have been used to address the issue of pendency in IP applications, including manifold augmentation of manpower and streamlining of procedures. These strategies have paid rich dividends, and there has been a sharp jump in the disposal of IP applications:

Disposal of IPR applications

Increase from 2013-14 to 2018-19 (%)

Patents

353

Trademarks

395

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