New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) Stating that the number of patents in force in India in 2004 was 6,406 as against 1,82,385 in China, Minister of State for industry Ashwani Kumar today said it will, however, not be feasible to draw any conclusion from it as the number also includes patents obtained in different countries for the same invention.
The number of patents in India in force was 6857 in 2005, he informed Rajya Sabha in a written reply without giving a comparable figure for China.
The Minister said total number of patent filings by residents in India per million population was 3.40 in 2004-05 as compared to the world average of 250.72. However, the world average of patents in force in 2004 was 846.71.
About 5.6 million patents were in force worldwide in 2005 as per World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
The Minister said the Government has taken several measures to strengthen processes for creating intellectual property rights(IPRs) in the country, adding work on National Institute of Intellectual Property Management at Nagpur has started.
Earlier, the Government had implemented a Rs 153 crore scheme for modernisation of intellectual property offices four of which were set up in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai. Electronic filing of patent became operational from July 20, he added.