Commerce and Industry Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman has impressed upon the DG, WIPO that it would be in the interest of WIPO as also global IP regime to have an External Office of WIPO in India. She informed that India has already submitted a formal proposal in this regard, and is ready to offer free of cost premises for opening of an External Office. They also held discussions on various multilateral internet treaties like WPPT and WCT. The Minister and DG, WIPO had participated in a programme in the morning where Global Innovation Index, 2016 Report was launched in India. India’s ranking has improved dramatically to 66 from 81 last year, a huge jump of 15 places. To spur an innovative eco-system across the country, it was proposed that States may be ranked on a similar basis and India has requested WIPO to undertake this study. DG, WIPO agreed to examine this request.
It was discussed that the methodology of calculating GII also needs to be studied and changed, as appropriate. The parameters should be reflective of the needs and conditions existing in developing nations. DG, WIPO also suggested that GII also cover the impact of innovation.
WIPO and the Indian IP Office are co-operating with each other in training of various IP Examiners and other stakeholders. To this end, an International Training Course is being organized in RGNIIPM jointly with WIPO Academy in September, 2016. India has also requested WIPO to consider opening a Regional Training Academy in Nagpur. WIPO had proposed holding Global Digital Content Market Conference, 2017 in India, which has been accepted by India. Both parties agreed to having a high quality conference in May, 2017.
The Commerce Minister also announced setting up of a Task Force on Innovation to come up with suggestions and new ideas on best way forward in inculcating an innovative temperament in the country.
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