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Intellectual Property and Startups

Startup India is a flagship initiative of the Government of India, designed along with Make in India, Skill India, Digital India and Ease of Doing Business in India. While these programs aim at building stronger industrial capabilities in general, Startup India aims to build a strong ecosystem to nurture innovation and entrepreneurial traits among the youth. Initial outcomes of Startup India and data on startups’ growth, investment and employment at the national level suggest an unusual dynamism.  However, knowledge of micro-level dynamics is very limited. In this context, this research project aims at gathering micro-level evidence on IP behaviour and priorities of Indian startups, and with their help steps up to policy analysis. Whilst the behavioural question investigates whether Indian startups are IP producers or consumers, the policy question will examine whether Startup India Action Plan 2016 sufficiently addresses the identified priorities and behaviour. This research endeavour will also try to answer what are the optimal policy reforms required to address the IP related needs of startups in India.

Survey on Startups, Innovation and Intellectual Property

This survey tracks innovation and intellectual property behaviour of Indian startups, and their policy and institutional embeddedness. This national level survey aims to reach around ten thousand startups in the coming days. We aim to reach: (i) startups recognised by DIPP, (ii) startups applied for IP, and (iii) startups qualified for VC funding during last three years. If your startup falls in any of these three categories, please drop an email to [email protected]

We started working on this survey last year with extensive review of literature and issues. The questionnaire was designed by the CIIPC team and fine-tuned with suggestions from scholars across the globe. We thank in particular, Prof. Jay Kesan (University of Illinois), Prof. Shubha Ghosh (Syracuse University), Dr. Chiranthan Chatterjee (Indian School of Business), Mr. Prashanth Reddy, (NALSAR University of Law), and Mr. Ananth Padmanabhan (Carnegie-India) for their valuable inputs in refining the questionnaire. We would also like to thank all the startups that participated in the pilot survey in Delhi. The questionnaire can be accessed here.

Principal Investigators: Dr Arul George Scaria and Mr Yogesh Pai

Research Fellow: Mr Satheesh Menon