Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2017)
Intellectual property law in India: A historical perspective
Author(s): Abhishek Parashar
Abstract: To understand the concept of intellectual property (IP) it is important to understand the concept of property. For a layman, property means some material object belonging to a particular person. Ownership concept is critical to the concept of property. The term ‘Ownership’ means the right to possess, use and dispose of the property. For a civilized society recognition of ownership is must to embrace the concept of property. In the legal sense, property refers to the rights that the law confers on a person by virtue of the ownership and possession of an object. Legislations and laws on intellectual property rights in India dates back to British times. The tradition of scholarship and intellectual creativity in India goes back to a few millennia. Yet the concept of Intellectual Property Rights in the modern sense is rather new and would appear to have no cultural moorings or sanction in our country. The history of intellectual property rights in India backed by enforceable legal provisions scarcely goes back to 150 years. According to World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) “Intellectual property is a term that refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce”. This paper analyzes and deals with the history of IP law regime in India and the protections provided in the current globalized scenario.