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 significant growth in research and development activities. This is evident from the increase in computer technology share in India’s total patent applications over the years.

Distribution of patent applications across top fields of technology

Field of Technology Share

(percentage) in 2010

Share

(percentage) in 2014

Pharmaceuticals 23.7 19.9
Organic fine chemistry 23.1 18.1
Biotechnology 6.1 5.0
Computer technology 5.9 14.3
Basic materials chemistry 4.6 3.9
Materials, metallurgy 3.1 2.1
Food chemistry 3.0 NA
Chemical engineering 2.5 2.2
Medical technology 2.0 2.5
Macromolecular chemistry, polymers 2.00 NA
Others 24.1 25.7
Source: World Intellectual Property Organization statistics database.

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

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India is already a leading player in the international computer software market due to its competent workforce. 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, pharmaceuticals and organic fine chemistry are the top two fields concerning 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 low-income developing countries. Over the years, India has come under intense pressure by lobbying multinational pharmaceutical manufacturing companies that see generic medicines as a threat to their profit margins.

So, the country must boost its research and development activities in general and pharmaceuticals. 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 that biotechnology will be an important field for academic research and industrial application, 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 significant growth in research and development activities. This is evident from the increase in computer technology share in India’s total patent applications over the years.

Distribution of patent applications across top fields of technology As the above table shows, computer technology had increased from 5.9% in 2010 to 14.3% in 2014. This shows that the country’s boom in information technology has also boosted research and development activities.

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

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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, pharmaceuticals and organic fine chemistry are the top two 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 low-income developing countries. Over the years, India has come under intense pressure by lobbying antinational pharmaceutical manufacturing companies that see generic medicines as a threat to their profit margins.

So, the country must boost 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 that biotechnology will be an important field for academic research and industrial applications, policymakers need special attention to this field. (ENA Bureau)

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