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National IP policy talks the talk, but will it ever see the light of day?

A first draft of India’s new national IP rights policy goes a long way towards addressing rights holders’ concerns, with many sensible suggestions. However, it is worryingly vague about the details of implementation

A think tank formed by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has published the first draft of a national IP rights policy. The document runs to 29 pages and touches on a number of issues that need to be addressed in order to create, promote, commercialise and enforce intellectual property in India. It also makes bold suggestions for cooperation between different government agencies and ministries of government in order to achieve these objectives. However, while the recommendations set out in the draft policy document appear laudable and address genuine concerns, their implementation would require political will at the highest level, not to mention considerable resources.

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