February 5, 2020

With Sustained Momentum for Intellectual Property, India Gains Ground, New U.S. Chamber Report Shows


U.S. Chamber releases eighth annual International IP Index

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) released its eighth annual International IP Index, “Art of the Possible.” The new report evaluates how 53 global economies approach intellectual property (IP)—from patent and copyright policies to commercialization of IP assets and ratification of international treaties.

The International IP Index creates a template for economies that aspire to become 21st century, knowledge-based economies through more effective IP protection. This year, U.S. and European economies remained atop the global IP rankings, while many emerging markets also showed big improvements thanks to commitments to adopt pro-IP measures.

“Since the release of the 2016 National IPR Policy, the government of India has made a focused effort to support investments in innovation and creativity through increasingly robust IP protection and enforcement,” said Patrick Kilbride, Senior Vice President for the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Implementation of the Policy has improved the speed of processing for patent and trademark applications, increased awareness of IP rights among Indian innovators and creators, and provided new regulatory tools to facilitate the registration and enforcement of those rights.

Many of India’s most ambitious reforms were captured in previous editions of the International IP Index. In the sixth (2018) and seventh (2019) editions, India made larger overall advances in the rankings than any other country. That momentum continues this year, albeit at a slower pace, with the eighth edition indicating an improvement of nearly 7% in India’s score.

As the U.S. Chamber’s International IP Index shows, India has made significant progress towards establishing stronger IP protections—but the job is not yet done. India continues to be a promising yet challenging market for technologically cutting-edge, IP-intensive industries. Serious hurdles remain, particularly in the areas of patent eligibility and enforcement.

“Intellectual property rights (IPR) protection is a good news story for India,” said U.S-India Business Council President Nisha Biswal. “The Modi administration has largely centralized IPR policy and enforcement, providing the resources needed to improve transparency and consumer awareness.”

“India’s sustained progress on the Chamber’s International IP Index reflects a sustained effort by the Modi administration to capitalize on India’s immense potential for innovation and creativity. As the U.S. and India look to conclude a trade deal in the coming weeks, we hope that it will pave the way for innovation-focused partnerships between the U.S. and India, two of the world’s key democratic, market-based economies,” said Kilbride.

Read the executive summary here. To view the full report, visit uschamber.com/ipindex.

The International IP Index maps the IP ecosystem in 53 global economies, representing over 90% of global GDP. The countries mapped include Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center is working around the world to champion innovation and creativity through intellectual property standards that create jobs, save lives, advance global economic and cultural prosperity, and generate breakthrough solutions to global challenges.

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