India witnesses Significant Jump in Computer Technology Patent Applications

New Delhi October 15 (ENA) The computer technology and information technology sectors in India have witnessed a significant growth in research and development activities. This is evident from the increase in the share of computer technology in the total patent applications in India over the years.

Distribution of patent applications across top fields of technology

Field of TechnologyShare

(percentage) in 2010

Share

(percentage) in 2014

Pharmaceuticals23.719.9
Organic fine chemistry23.118.1
Biotechnology6.15.0
Computer technology5.914.3
Basic materials chemistry4.63.9
Materials, metallurgy3.12.1
Food chemistry3.0NA
Chemical engineering2.52.2
Medical technology2.02.5
Macromolecular chemistry, polymers2.00NA
Others24.125.7
Source: World Intellectual Property Organization statistics database.

As the above table shows the share of computer technology has increased from 5.9% in 2010 to 14.3% in 2014. This shows that the boom that the country has witnessed in the information technology has also boosted research and development activities.

India is already a leading player in the international computer software market due to its highly capable manpower in the field. This has also created incentives for research and development activities.

However, the above table also shows that the shares of pharmaceuticals and organic fine chemistry in the total patent applications have declined. In fact, the increase in the share of computer technology has been at the cost of pharmaceuticals and organic fine chemistry. Despite this, the pharmaceuticals and organic fine chemistry are the top two fields with regard to the share in patent applications.

India is a leading producer of generic medicines in the world. In addition to this India is also a source of cheap generic medicines for different diseases to the low-income developing countries. Over the years, India has come under intense pressure by lobbying activities of multinational pharmaceuticals manufacturing companies that sees the generic medicines as a threat to their profit margins.

So, it is important that the country boosts its research and development activities in general and in pharmaceuticals in particular.

Apart from the above discussed three fields, there has not been any significant change in the share of other fields in the total patent applications Darbi.

One thing that should be of concern for the policymakers is that the share of biotechnology has declined. Given the fact that biotechnology is going to be an important field with regard to not only academic research but also with regard to industrial application, the policymakers need to give special attention to this field. (ENA Bureau)

New Delhi October 15 (ENA) The computer technology and information technology sectors in India have witnessed a significant growth in research and development activities. This is evident from the increase in the share of computer technology in the total patent applications in India over the years.

Distribution of patent applications across top fields of technology

As the above table shows the share of computer technology has increased from 5.9% in 2010 to 14.3% in 2014. This shows that the boom that the country has witnessed in the information technology has also boosted research and development activities.

India is already a leading player in the international computer software market due to its highly capable manpower in the field. This has also created incentives for research and development activities.

However, the above table also shows that the shares of pharmaceuticals and organic fine chemistry in the total patent applications have declined. In fact, the increase in the share of computer technology has been at the cost of pharmaceuticals and organic fine chemistry. Despite this, the pharmaceuticals and organic fine chemistry are the top two fields with regard to the share in patent applications.

India is a leading producer of generic medicines in the world. In addition to this India is also a source of cheap generic medicines for different diseases to the low-income developing countries. Over the years, India has come under intense pressure by lobbying activities of multinational pharmaceuticals manufacturing companies that sees the generic medicines as a threat to their profit margins.

So, it is important that the country boosts its research and development activities in general and in pharmaceuticals in particular.

Apart from the above discussed three fields, there has not been any significant change in the share of other fields in the total patent applications.

One thing that should be of concern for the policymakers is that the share of biotechnology has declined. Given the fact that biotechnology is going to be an important field with regard to not only academic research but also with regard to industrial application, the policymakers need to give special attention to this field. (ENA Bureau)

 

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