As Industry secretary Amitabh Kant declared before, the Think Tank’s report is an input for the final policy being finalised by the government right now. According to him, the draft was sent to various government agencies for commenting and the final policy will be in place within 30 to 45 days.
It remains to be seen, if the policy finally approved by the cabinet will substantially differ from the leaked version. Further, voices such as the NGO Médecins sans frontières (MSF) have raised concerns over the leaked policy’s emphasis on strengthening IP enforcement and promoting IP for innovation. One needs to watch out if the general tone of the final approved IPR policy on these issues had changed substantially from the draft.
Unlike a previous draft that has been published for commenting, the IPR Think Tank’s final version has been kept undisclosed since April. This non-transparency is all the more concerning as minister Sithamaran invited US trade representatives to give their views to the Think Tank.