A brighter future?


We aim to clear our backlogs within the next five years, says Chaitanya Prasad, the new controller general of patents, designs and trademarks

Arobust system of creation, protection and management of intellectual property is a sine qua non for the economic and technological development of a nation.

My vision for the patent and trademark office for the next few years is to improve the quality of services provided and put in place structures that can guarantee outputs with very specific deliverable targets.

Chaitanya Prasad
Chaitanya Prasad

It is vital that we remove the current backlog and, while doing so, reach a situation where output matches the input. At present we have about 125,000 pending requests for patents, which are in the process of being examined. We are working out the resources required to clear this huge backlog, including examiners and technological upgrades, and we estimate that we should be able to clear it in a five-year time frame. Within five years we should be in a situation where input to output flows are also under control so that a backlog does not recur.

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Chaitanya Prasad took over as controller general of patents, designs and trademarks at India’s intellectual property office on 12 March.