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India’s IP and Innovation Policies

India—already the world’s largest democracy and on track to overtake China as the most populous nation—is emerging as a major economic power. Since India initiated a broad spectrum of liberal reforms in the 1990s, its GDP has risen dramatically. The country is poised to become the world’s third-largest economy by 2035.

Yet despite these phenomenal achievements, in recent years India has seen a slowdown in the real growth needed to sustain overall development. To reverse this trend, the Modi administration is considering internal reforms and pursuing deepened international partnerships to restore growth. At the same time, international stakeholders have raised concerns about India’s innovation policies and intellectual property (IP) protections, and whether the lack of significant progress in these areas will discourage greater international engagement in India’s economy.

How and to what extent the United States, India, and other leading economies are able to work together to address these issues will have critical implications for India’s ability to sustain a healthy environment for investment and market innovation and deepen bilateral relationships.

Project Activities

With this in mind, this initiative is examining efforts to strengthen innovation environments in India and highlighting recommendations for public policy in the United States, India, and globally. Over the course of 2014-15, NBR is commissioning research with leading scholars across the globe; convening ongoing dialogues with representatives from industry, policy, and research; and holding a series of high-level workshops and events across the Asia-Pacific and in Europe.


Clara Gillispie
Senior Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA)

New Delhi Roundtable on "Innovate in India"

On September 24, NBR and the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) co-hosted a high-level roundtable on innovation policymaking in India featuring Roy Kamphausen (NBR), Rajiv Kumar (Centre for Policy Research), Manoj Panda (IEG), and others.

Roy Kamphausen to Speak at India’s National Competitiveness Forum

On September 25, Roy Kamphausen (NBR) joined other senior policy and industry leaders as a featured speaker at India's National Competitiveness Forum 2015 in New Delhi, India. Convened by the India Council on Competitiveness, this annual high-level event seeks to understand how Indian stakeholders can drive the country’s productivity growth, improve living standards, and compete in the global economy.

Innovate in India: Global Perspectives on the Continuing Evolution of India's IP Policy

In an NBR Special Report, Roy Kamphausen (NBR) examines India's IP and innovation environment and considers policy options for India, the United States, and the international community.

Innovation and Competitiveness in the Indian Context

Amit Kapoor and Sankalp Sharma (India Council on Competitiveness) offer an assessment of India’s intellectual property rights regime, the links between innovation and IPR, and strategies for advancing the next phase of India’s economic growth. Read the paper.

"Innovate in India" Event Highlights

Missed the discussions in Washington, D.C., and Seattle? Catch up with insights from Congressman Adam Smith (State of Washington), Kapil Sharma (Wipro), Roy Kamphausen (NBR), and others on how to strengthen public policy in both India and across the Asia-Pacific.

Seattle Discussion on “Innovate in India”

On April 10, NBR and the University of Washington School of Law hosted a public discussion of India’s IP and innovation policies featuring Congressman Adam Smith, Stewart Beck (APF Canada), and Pallavi Wahi (K&L Gates) among others. Learn more.

Capitol Hill Discussion on India’s IP and Innovation Policies

On Thursday, March 26, NBR convened a public discussion in Washington, D.C., examining India’s environment for innovation and recommendations for public policy in the United States, India, and other countries. Learn more.

Brussels Event: “Innovation and Economic Growth”

On Wednesday, February 4, NBR and the European Policy Centre co-convened a public discussion featuring remarks by Neena Gill (European Parliament), Roy Kamphausen (NBR), Christoph Rademacher (Waseda University), Pravakar Sahoo (Delhi University), Fabian Zuleeg (European Policy Centre), and many others. Learn more.

President Obama’s Visit to India

As President Obama prepares to head to India, Alyssa Ayres (Council on Foreign Relations) offers insights into the current state of U.S.-India relations. She explains what the introduction of new key personnel in the Obama administration means for the relationship and considers how the two partners may proceed as the security environment rapidly evolves in South Asia.

India’s Challenges for Healthcare, Innovation, and Public Policy

Anup Malani (University of Chicago Law School and Pritzker School of Medicine) offers insights into efforts to strengthen India’s healthcare sector and discusses how U.S.-India collaboration can facilitate the innovation needed to achieve the Modi administration’s ambitious targets.

Making India an Attractive Investment Destination

In this paper, Pravakar Sahoo (Delhi University) examines India’s foreign direct investment (FDI) policies and highlights challenges for foreign investors and the efforts that the Modi government has taken to improve its policies.

Innovation in the India-Japan Economic Relationship

On November 4, 2014, NBR and USJI co-hosted a public discussion in Tokyo, Japan, featuring remarks by Minister Arvind Singh (Embassy of India in Japan), Amit Kapoor (India Council on Competitiveness), Roy Kamphausen (NBR), and Katsuichi Uchida (USJI). Learn more.

Modi’s Visit to the United States

Ambassador Thomas Pickering examines the strategic context of Modi’s visit, how both sides seek to approach their objectives for the visit, and opportunities for moving forward. He argues that while the United States and India have disagreed on fundamental issues over the years, there is great potential for closer cooperation in the future.

Strengthening the U.S.-India Relationship

In this commentary, Richard J. Ellings (NBR) argues that economic obstacles have prevented a deeper U.S.-India strategic partnership. He states that engaging in dialogue to address these obstacles will allow both countries to collaborate more effectively on a broader set of international political and security questions.

India's 2014 Budget

In a policy interview conducted for the Senate India Caucus, Pravakar Sahoo (India’s Institute for Economic Growth) examines the policies and reforms outlined by the Modi government in its first budget. He states that while the budget did not contain any big-bang reforms, it proposes several measures to stabilize the economy and bring back investment to India.

Revitalizing India’s Economic Growth

In a policy interview conducted for the Senate India Caucus, Ajay Shriram (Confederation of Indian Industry) discusses how the Modi government can help revitalize India’s economy. He argues that the key to boosting economic growth is implementing policies that create more jobs for India’s growing youth population.