“Pharma companies lead 2014 list of Indian firms filing for global...

“Pharma companies lead 2014 list of Indian firms filing for global patents “

Led by companies such as Ranbaxy, Wockhardt and Hetero, the pharma sector dominates the list of top Indian filers under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in 2014, seeking protection internationally for their inventions. Overall, the field of organic fine chemistry led the India filings with 301 PCT applications last year, a growth rate of 9.5%, followed by pharmaceuticals with 284 filings. The list of the top 10 is led by research organization CISR (Council of Industrial and Scientific Re¬search) with 117 filings in 2014. India’s share went up by nearly 6% with a total of 1,394 PCT fil¬ings in 2014, according to data culled from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).After China, India (1,394) is the largest user of the PCT sys¬tem among BRICS countries, fol-lowed by the Russian Federation (890), Brazil (581) and South Africa (297). In 2014, organic fine chemistry accounted for 21.4% of all Indian PCT fil¬ings, followed closely by pharmaceuticals, which had a share of 20.2%, with the share of both steadily rising over  the years. In 2014, CISR had the largest number of filings in organic chemistry (30%), with pharmaceutical filings by the organization cornering a 13% share. While over 52% of all PCT applications (based on published data) filed by Ranbaxy Laboratories was in the field of organic fine chemis¬try, pharmaceuticals accounted for 40.5%. Reliance Industries, Wockhardt and Hetero Research Foundation follow with 34, 31 and 27 filings re¬spectively, while Lupin, Piramal Enterprises, Cadila and Glenmark are other pharma companies in the top 10 list.