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National IPR Policy 1st draft is out

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has put up the 1st draft of the National IPR Policy submitted by the IPR Think Tank chaired by Justice Prabha Sridevan.

The draft, dated 19th December, appears to have been uploaded today. Presumably the ‘confidential’ tag that it displays no longer applies. While I’ve only been able to glance at it so far, it does appear to be a balanced document and a positive step forward. We shall bring you a deeper review once we have a bit of time to go over it in detail. You can take a look at it for yourself by clicking here.

P.S. Thanks to Abdullah Karuthedakam of LiveLaw for pointing us towards the draft. I believe they’ll be coming out with their article on it very soon as well.

P.P.S. You can view our previous posts discussing some considerations for what ought to be considered for a National IPR Policy here: the previous, discarded draft, and here: 12 points a National IPR Policy should consider.

Swaraj Paul Barooah

Swaraj Paul Barooah

Follow @swarajpb Swaraj has a deep interest in IP, Innovation and Information policy, especially when they involve issues relating to Access to Knowledge, Innovation incentive mechanisms, Digital Freedoms, Open Access, Education, Health and Development. After his BA, LLB (hons) from Nalsar Univ of Law, Hyderabad, he went on to do his LLM from UC Berkeley in 2010. He is now pursuing his J.S.D. degree from UC Berkeley where he is focusing on Drug Innovation Policy and Access to Medicines. Aside from SpicyIP, he is also engaged as a consultant on various IP matters, and is a visiting faculty member at Nalsar Univ of Law. He is also in the process of starting up a New Delhi based "IP, Innovation & Information Policy" focused think-tank.


  1. AvatarSandeep

    Dear Swaraj: on a quick read, I see no extreme positions like bringing in patent term extensions or data exclusivity etc. Overall, a fairly balanced policy.
    One thing that stands out – recommending a utility law model.
    Another thing – they did NOT discuss even the earlier DIPP IP Policy as well .. that Policy had been made with a lot of efforts and received comments from multiple stake holders as well.

    Happy Xmas.


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