If the numbers game is anything to go by, then the uptrend in the number of patent and GI filings this year is an affirming statistic.
Meanwhile on the G.I front , 31 new products were granted G.I status
GIs registered during 2007-08 include Muga Silk from Assam, Madhubani paintings from Bihar, Aleppy Coir, Malabar pepper and Alleppey Green Cardamom from Kerala, Salem and Arani Silks and Kovai Cora Cotton from Tamil Nadu, Allahabad Surkha from Uttar Pradesh, Nakshi Kantha from West Bengal, Silver Filigree from Andhra Pradesh, and Monsooned Malabar Coffees from Karnataka and Kerala.(Hindu Business Line)
Perhaps indicative of the growing awareness that IPRs constitute a discrete asset class that can yield an independent revenue stream……its not just the IBMs that are leveraging arbitrage opportunities from IPR assets, its percolating to the grassroots as well