Jindal Initiative on Research in IP and Competition
COVID-19 has reset India’s march towards a $1 trillion digital economy by 2025. While digital start-ups concentrating on travel marketplaces, cab hailing, entertainment etc. have been adversely affected to a large extent, under the new normal, sectors such as online learning and food delivery have done much better than the rest in terms of business and funding. The Government has intensified its focus on the digital economy. It introduced several policies, including the National Policy on Electronics (NPE) and the National Policy on Software Products (NPSP) earlier in 2019. Further, the Government aimed to boost the domestic digital markets, building a comprehensive digital manufacturing and research and development (R&D) ecosystem.
Harnessing the Potential of 5G Technologies for Shared Prosperity
With the proliferation of product and services based on Internet of Things, 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, the focus is being increasingly shifted to bringing in more transparency and clarity. With the Fourth Industrial Revolution ready to change the dynamics of technology around the world, concerns around managing data, securing patents and competing in a global market have come in the forefront.
JIRICO organised a panel discussion in New Delhi on August 27, 2019 on Harnessing the Potential of 5G Technologies for Shared Prosperity. The discussion was essentially aimed at advancing this futuristic policy dialogue in line with the global agenda on the same.
The government of India has introduced the Startup India Scheme to help the startup businesses in India. The Scheme promotes innovation and provides the startups in India with recognition, ease of setting up of business, incentives in the form of tax exemptions, simplified application filing processes, reduction in costs for patent filling, funding support, expert guidance and incubation support. The Startup India Scheme runs parallel to several initiatives taken up by the government like Digital India, Invest India, Make in India and the draft National Policy on e-Commerce. JIRICO conducted a panel discussion in New Delhi on April 26, 2019 on Linking Future Startups to India’s Growth: Policy Developments and Incentive Structure to discuss on steps to protect and promote startup innovation and creativity with policy and incentives.
JIRICO held a Pre-Conference Panel Discussion on 20 August 2018, a day before its 4th International Conference on Innovation for Shared Prosperity: GR[IP] on Balanced Policymaking, held during August
20-21, 2018 that focused on the need for balanced policymaking in the areas of intellectual property rights and antitrust to promote technological innovation. The panel discussion would broadly focus on these themes: (i) National Digital Communications Policy, 2018; (ii) Effective policymaking in IT, telecom & broadcasting sectors; (iii) Promotion of local manufacturing in innovative markets; (iv) Role of innovation & IP to drive ‘Make in India’ initiative; and (v) Empowering start-ups to enable innovation-led growth.