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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Research & innovation performance of the G20: where India stands

  • Over the eight years from 2005 – 2012, patent applications originating from India have oscillated between 4,000 and 7,000 p.a. but maintained an average over the period of around 5,900 p.a. which is around the same level as Australia and the UK. 
  • Nearly two thirds of all Indian patent applications are from foreign concerns seeking protection for their innovations in the Indian market. 
  • India’s share of the Top 10 technologies globally is predominantly weighted towards natural products with little relative share in high tech fields of computing and communications and less in lighting and semiconductor materials. 
  • Indian innovation relative to global patenting is focussed on fused ring heterocyclics (a key component of pharmaceuticals) and other agrochem and pharma-related technology sectors. However, the Top 10 list of companies shows a heavy emphasis on mechanical, automotive and electrical engineering with BHEL leading with 176 inventions.
  • Papers: In terms of world share, sciences dominate but citation impact is better for engineering. 
Source: Thompson Reuters

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