With increasing number of Patents filed by researchers of Private educational institutions, the government-run institutions for higher education have now many competitors.
Although the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) jointly have keep hold of the number one position in terms of filing patents, Amity University, a private player, in Uttar Pradesh has climbed up to second position, which makes it ahead of Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.
When calculated jointly the IITs in the year 2012-2013 had filed 205 patents, while Amity University filed 140. In total when calculated, the top 10 Indian applicants in the category of institutes and universities filed some 534 patents. Out of 534 patents, 197 came from private institutions. Notably, the top 10 positions shared by 17 institutes and universities constituted six private institutes, in terms of filing the patents.
With the data, it was also revealed by the annual report of the Controller General of Patents, Designs, Trademarks and Geographical Indications, Government of India for 2012-13 that there is a rising trend in the filing of intellectual property applications, as it was 36,812 in 2008-09 and increased to 43,674 in 2012-13. This also tells that there is a growth in research activities as well.
The report mentions that the first and second positions were unchanged for the second year running however, Amity had marked a record with 23% growth in filing patents, while only 2% marginal growth seen from IITs. Besides, Indian Institute of Science also had also grown by filing 31 patents as against 14 in 2011-12.