V Bhaskar Joins DIPP, the nodal IP agency in India

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the nodal agency in charge of Indian intellectual property, has been blessed with a new face, namely that of V Bhaskar, an IAS officer from the Andhra Cadre (1981 batch). He joins at the rank of a Joint Secretary (JS).

There are whispers that all IP matters would be consolidated under the control of V Bhaskar (barring copyrights, which continues under the Ministry of HRD). Currently, IP at the DIPP is split up into Designs (looked after by Joint Secretary, Ms Anjali Prasad, wife of current Chef De Cabinet to WIPO DG, NN Prasad) and Patents, Trademarks and GI on the other (looked after by yet another Joint Secretary, Mr Gopalakrishnan).

If this consolidation does happen, it heralds a bright future for Indian IP policy, as Mr Bhaskar has an impressive track record. He has worked with international institutions such as IMF in the past. He has also worked with stalwarts such as Vijay Kelkar, with whom he has co-authored some interesting papers.

In any case, the fact that 3 Joint Secretaries have now joined the DIPP signifies the growing importance of IP policy in India.

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