IP Policy Framework- A Tool for IP Policy Development

Gargate, Gouri ; Roy Chowdhury, Anindya ; Jain, Karuna

Abstract

Innovation and scientific developments are the bases for economic growth. Academic and research organizations are key contributors to this development. These are the intellectual capital hubs rich in innovation capital. Innovation capital is responsible for inventions and innovations that can be protected by using the legal instrument to create intellectual property (IP). These IP rights creation and management is smooth if there is an organisational IP Policy which will address various IP-related issues. Hence, careful drafting of IP Policy is an indispensable activity of an organization. However, this is usually ignored by academic and research organisations in developing nations may be due to unawareness about its importance and unavailability of IP experts for drafting IP Policy. There are various earlier efforts to push these organisations to develop their own IP Policy including IP Policy guidelines developed by Government bodies. However, in spite of these efforts, IP Policy is not created by most of the academic and research organisations in the country till date. After examining the reasons for the non development of IP Policy, a new “IP Policy Framework” is proposed to overcome these problems. The IP policies have been analysed through exploratory research methodology for various organizations in the India and across various organisations from developed nations.

Keyword(s)

Intellectual Property; IP Policy; India; Research; Developing country; Academic and Research Institutes

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