Faster patents for women, startups: DIPP

The government has proposed to fast-track patent applications from women and small businesses in its latest bid to encourage innovation from new category of innovators.

DIPP has floated draft rules to amend the Patent Rules, 2003 and extend the facility to other groups, including Indian women as part of a policy to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Indian Patent Office granted 13,045 patents in 2017-18, compared to 9,847 in the previous year- and Indian startups only accounted for 1,275 patents filed.

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