Comment by Knowledge Ecology International on India’s leaked IPR policy draft posted on this blog. October 14, 2015
This is a copy of recommendations for an Indian National IPR Policy, written by the “IP Think Tank,” which was constituted by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion(DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. A copy scanned from a hard copy is here.
The members of the IPR Think Tank were:
- Justice Prabha Sridevan (Retd) – Chairperson
- Mrs. Prathiba M. Singh, Senior Advocate – Member
- Mr. Narendra K. Sabharwal – Member & Convener
- Ms. Punita Bhargava, Advocate – Member
- Mr. Rajeev Srinivasan – Member
- Dr. Unnat P. Pandit – Member
Overall, the document is disappointing, featuring for the most part different ways to promote intellectual property within India, and avoiding analysis and debate over the most important and consequential issues about patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights. India, like all other countries, would benefit from an empirically rich and thoughtful analysis of patent and copyright policies, but they won’t find it here.
Earlier, Don’t Trade our Lives Away leaked a version that could be searched by keyword, and provided some commentary, here:
Commentary on the document from Swaraj Paul Barooah for Spicy IP is here: