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This section focuses in particular on the registration services offered by the CGPDTM concerning trademarks and industrial designs and aims at identifying areas in which a strategic approach to trademark and industrial design administration would be beneficial for the Republic of India.

The demand for the registration of trademarks and industrial designs has been growing consistently over the last decade in India.  This has put some natural strain on the capacity of the IP national institutions to cope with this growing demand. The difficulties have resulted in some cases in delays in the processing of applications and the generation of backlogs.

One of the objectives of any IP Office is to provide high quality, efficient and cost-effective systems to protect IPRs and to be stakeholder-centric, continuously improving the quality and timeliness of the services that they provide.

This can be done by improving the infrastructures of the IP Offices, developing appropriate management tools and improving the capacity of their human resources.  In this respect, the CGPDTM and EUIPO have identified a number of initiatives aimed, inter alia, at reducing the average turnaround time for the registration of trademarks and industrial designs. Such initiatives involve, for instance, exchanging and developing best practices for eliminating backlogs, modernising and streamlining registration procedures, simplifying workflows, adopting quality standards, integrating relevant IP tools, exchanging best practices and, if necessary, updating CGPDTM´s manuals/guidelines for trademark and design examination and further upgrading the skills of their trademark and design examiners.

One particular area where trademark administration could be improved in India concerns trademark classification.  All the major and most modern IP Offices around the world are following a clear trend towards establishing classification databases to assist in the classification of goods and services for the purposes of the registration of marks according to the International Classification established by the Nice Agreement. Being able, for instance, to integrate E-filing workflows with such a classification tool and, at the same time, enabling an examiner to consult pre-approved terms would definitely favour the reduction of backlogs in the registration process.

Consequently, CGPDTM would clearly benefit from the establishment of a trademark classification database consistent with the Nice Classification and containing a number of terms additional to those contained in the Alphabetical List of that Classification.

Based on the above considerations and in cooperation with the CGPDTM, six areas have been identified where the IPC-EUI Project could provide most useful and effective support to the CGPDTM in its efforts to develop and implement a strategic approach to trademark and industrial design administration.

This six areas support India´s National IPR Policy (first draft) of December 2014, specifically the following objectives therein included; Objective number 4 (IP Administration and Management), Objective number 2 (Creation of IP), Objective number 3 (Legal and Legislative Framework) and Objective number 7 (Human Capital Development)