India Innovation Report
Insights from patent-publishing activity growth
in India 2012-17

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What is the report about?

This report seeks to track national innovation by analyzing priority Indian patents published in India. In addition to our analysis into India’s priority patents, the report also looks at the Indian innovation landscape against the backdrop of patent trends in Asia. This provides for a more comprehensive understanding of innovation trends and contributing factors in the broader region.

Key Findings

  • The number of priority Indian patents published in India has nearly doubled in the last ten years. From 2012 to 2017, patent publications have grown an average rate of 10.8%, aided by increased Intellectual property (IP) awareness across sectors. India is 4th among the major Asian countries in terms of overall patent publication volume, and 2nd in terms of growth rate.
  • The top patent filing organizations in the country are an equal mix of resident (Indian origin) and non-resident companies. Some of the noteworthy resident organizations are Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Cadila Healthcare and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). A few of the top non-resident patent filing organizations include Samsung, Huawei, General Electric and Ericsson.
  • The top 10 technology categories identified in priority Indian patent publications from 2015 to 2017 are Computing, Polymers & Plastics, Communications, Pharmaceuticals, Electric Power Engineering, Food, Water & Disinfectants, Chemical Engineering, General & Agro-Chemicals, Instrumentation, Test & Measurement, Automotive and Semiconductors & Electronics.
  • Automotive technology has demonstrated the fastest growth in 2015-17 with a growth rate of 44%. This is closely followed by the Communications category, which has a growth rate of almost 42%.
  • In the first quarter of 2018, the number of priority patents published in India has shown a growth of 32.8% over the number of priority patents published in Q1 of 2017.
  • Innovations are blurring the lines between technologies. For example, there are inventions that apply nanotechnology (carbon nano-composite materials) for water purification, and those that use calcium phosphate nano-composites for bone grafting, and also those that use a unique polymer for in sustained release of medicinal formulations.


Data source

All the patent data for this study were sourced from Derwent Innovation, a proprietary patent research application that provides access to globally trusted, curated patent intelligence and scientific literature.