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Doing Business in India by Dean Nelson

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Safeguarding your Intellectual Property

India has, in the past, been identified as a “high-risk area” for theft of intellectual property (IP). But as the Indian R&D economy grows, and software design continues to be a key Indian industry, the government and leading businesses are tightening up on IP protection.

What is protected?

The Indian government has established its own IP protection regime to meet the requirements of the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). Its copyright act protects not just the “authors” of film and the written word, but also the creators of software programs, databases, digital recordings, and satellite broadcasts. The period of protection is 50 years, ...

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