The Chinese filed the most patent applications in 2011, overtaking the US for the first time, says the World Intellectual Property Indicators 2012 released by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in December.
China’s patent office received 526,412 applications in 2011, ahead of the US with 503,582 applications. India, which stood at the seventh position among the top 20, received only 42,291 patent applications, a little above the Russian Federation’s figure of 41,414.
While China’s contribution to the rise in patent applications across the world has increased from 37.2% in 1995-2009 to 72.1% in 2009-2011, India’s contribution declined from 3.5% in 1995-2009 to 2.7% in 2009-2011, says the report.
“We are making all efforts to make the system of patent processing more efficient and transparent, but the number of applications depends on the overall system of research and development to a large extent,” Chaitanya Prasad, controller general of patents, designs and trademark, told Hindustan Times.
Prasad claimed that the number of patent applications in India has increased over the last few years by more than 10%. “This is a positive sign but more needs to be done.”
The new WIPO report shows that at a time when the global economy continued to underperform, IP filings across the world kept growing strongly in 2011.
“Sustained growth in IP filings indicates that companies continue to innovate despite weak economic conditions. This is good news as it lays the foundation for the world economy to generate growth and prosperity,” said WIPO director general Francis Gurry.
Science congress from Jan 3
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will unveil a new science policy — which is aimed at making India one among the five scientific powers in the world by 2020 — at the Indian Science Congress (ISC) in Kolkata. The centenary session of the ISC will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukerjee on January 3, said officials. Around 10,000 participants, including Nobel laureates and scientists from across the world, are expected to participate.