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Technology Landscape of Indian Patent Filings (2005-2010)

April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 141


This article provides information on patent applications filed in various fields of technology in India. Analysis of patent related data is considered to be a vital method of assessing various aspects of technology change. The count of patents is one gauge of a country's inventive activity and also shows its capability to exploit knowledge and transform it into potential monetary gains. Patenting trends provide insight for market entry strategies, product strategies, R&D efforts, IP strategies and acquisitions. In this context, Patent statistics also serves as a basis for analyzing a firm's strategy with regard to research, development and exploitation of foreign markets.

Patent Filing in Last Five Years

With the exception of the year 2009-2010, the number of patent applications filed with the Indian Patent Office (IPO) increased at a relatively fast pace, with annual growth averaging 8% per annum from 2005 to 2009. Over the entire period under consideration (2005-2010), the number of patent applications filed with the IPO increased from 24505 to 34287. The year 2009-2010 witnessed a down fall of 6% in comparison to previous years in patent filing probably due to the fact that World economy faced melt down.

Patent Filing in Various Fields in Last Five Years

It is clearly evident from the data that in the year 2005-2006 & 2006-2007 maximum patent filing (24% & 22% respectively) was done in Chemical field which was out done in the year 2008-2009 & 2009-2010 with maximum filings in Computer/Electronics field (19% & 22% respectively). In all the five years least patent applications (1 to 4%) were filed in Food technology. On the other hand, Patent filing in Mechanical field was consistent from year 2005 to 2008 (19%). During the year 2007-2008 majority of patent applications were field in other fields which included Bio-Medical, Bio-Chemistry, Bio-Informatics, Physics, Civil, Textiles, Metallurgy/Material Science, Agriculture, Polymer-Science and Veterinary.

Contribution of Specific Technologies for Growth in Filings

The volume of patent filings increased by 39% from 2005-2006 to 2009-2010. Computer/Electronics technology (20%) accounted for the largest share of total growth. Chemical and Mechanical technology each contributed 19%. Further, technologies like Bio-Medical, Bio-Chemistry, Bio-Informatics, Physics, Civil, Textiles, Metallurgy/Material Science, Agriculture, Polymer-Science and Veterinary together contributed 15%.

Overall, the figures presented in graph above suggest that no single field of technology was solely responsible for the growth in filings. Three of the technologies, in particular, Computer/Electronics technology, Chemical and Mechanical are important sources of growth. In the field of Information Technology particularly Computer/Electronics, Infosys Technologies Limited & Samsung India Software Operations have been the major filers for the last two years (2008-2010). In the year 2008-2009, Samsung & Infosys filed 205 & 81 patent applications respectively whereas in the year 2009-2010 majority of applications 23 were filed by Infosys followed by Samsung with 07 applications.


The increase in patenting indicates accelerated technological progress, thus leading to greater economic outputs. In more recent times, increased worldwide commerce and the heightened need for companies to protect their intellectual assets in global markets has been an important factor aiding in increased patenting. Thus, the patent system is an integral part of rising global economic activity and with the increase in patent filings it strongly reflects country's economic growth.

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