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Indian Patents Act, Paris Convention and Self-Reliance

N. N. Mehrotra
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 22, No. 34 (Aug. 22, 1987), pp. 1461-1465
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4377407
Page Count: 5
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Abstract

The Indian Patents Act of 1970 has been hailed as one of the most progressive of such legislation in many countries as well as by UNCTAD. It offers several advantages to entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists and to consumers. The provisions of the Act help India ensure that blocking and repetitive patents are not allowed to stifle technological and industrial self-reliance. According to the Paris Convention the protection of the industrial property and rights of patentees has supremacy over the interests of any country or its people. More than 99 per cent of the 3.5 million patents held by individuals or corporations are in developed countries and the Convention largely helps them maintain their monopoly in member countries. If India joins the Convention now, it will be bound to give wider rights to the nationals of all member countries without matching reciprocity. The disadvantages for India far outweigh notional advantages for any activity, be it in the area of innovation, technological development or industrial self-reliance.

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