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India Inc. : Patent vs. Investment in Research and Development

In 2006-07, the number of granted patents in India increased by 8X (15,262, while only 1,911 in 2006). While most of the patent surge is driven by MNCs, Indian companies too have increased their R&D budget.

A quick glimpse at the data (below) clearly shows that few smart companies are creating IP and at the same time are able to control their R&D budget.

Look at the data provided by

the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, on R&D expenditure of companies and online records of patents granted to them from 2005 onwards.

Patents vs. R&D budget

TVS motors’ R&D budget was around 3.5% of Tata Motors, but secured ~6 times more patents!

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