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Private institutes rankings challenge government institute


Private institutes rankings challenge government institute

As per the annual report of the Controller General of Patents, Designs, Trademarks and Geographical Indications, Government of India for 2012-13, private academic institutes have proved to be in front than the government-run ones in term of rankings.

Although the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have jointly preserved the top spot for filing patents, Amity University, based in Uttar Pradesh, ranked second, placing behind the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc Bangalore) as well as Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

As per news report, during 2012-13, the IITs jointly filed 205 patents whereas Amity University filed 140 patents. A total of 534 patents were filed by the top-most 10 applicants from India falling under the "institutes and universities" category. Out of these, 197 were filed by private institutes. There were six private institutes out of the 17 institutes and universities that have acquired top 10 spots for patents.

During 2012-13, the number of intellectual property applications filed increased from 36,812 (during 2008-09) to 43,674 (during 2012-13). However, there was a big gap between filing of patents and them being granted, whereas, the institute-wise increase reflected a rise in research work.

Although the two top spots remain constant for two years in a row, Amity witnessed a 23% increase in filing. On the other hand, there is around 2% rise for the IITs. IISc Bangalore too witnessed a major growth of 31 patents filed, up from 14 during 2011-12.

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