While patents are considered indicators of innovation and technological capability for an academic institute, IIT Bombay has shown massive growth in this parameter since 2008. In 2012-13, 94 patents were filed and Indian trademark and design and copyright registered, a rise of nearly 400 per cent from 2008-09, when 19 were filed. In the ongoing 2013-14 academic year, 89 patents have been filed already.
According to the office of the dean, research and development (R&D), almost all the patents filed by IIT Bombay have student contributors.
Prof Krithi Ramamritham, former dean of research and development at IIT Bombay, said the rise can be attributed to the fact that the R&D office has been diligently going after new findings, both from faculty and students, rather than waiting for someone to approach them.
“The abstracts of the reports of MTech project work are being assessed by the R&D office personnel every year and shortlisted work is being reviewed in consultation with researchers for possible filing of patents. Further, the start-up culture has also improved over the years,” he said.
Figures indicate that 223 Indian patents have been filed from 2008-09 till 2012-13, while the number of US patents filed during the same period stands at 46. In 2012-13, 70 Indian patents, six US patents and one patent each were filed in Brazil and EU.
The total number of Indian and US patents granted from 2008-09 to 2012-13 is 37. Overall, the number of patents, design and copyright granted during the same period is 60.
A source in the R&D office said several reasons can be attributed to this growth. “An in-house professional patent search facility has been set up with access to inventors to assess the novelty of their work. An increased panel of attorneys is available to help with IP filings of patents, copyrights, designs and trademarks. Orientation on IP issues are made to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Workshops and seminars are also conducted,” said the source.