Established in 1927, FICCI is India’s largest and oldest apex business organisation. Its history is closely interwoven with India's independence struggle, its industrialization and emergence as one of the most rapidly growing global economies. A non-government and not-for-profit organisation, FICCI is the voice of India's business and industry. From influencing policy to encouraging debate, engaging with policy makers and civil society, FICCI articulates the views and concerns of industry. It serves its members from the Indian private and public corporate sectors and multinational companies, drawing its strength from nationwide diverse regional industry associations, reaching out to over 250,000 companies. FICCI provides a platform for networking and consensus building within and across sectors, and is the first port of call for Indian industry, policy makers and the international business community.
The IPR Division at FICCI is intensively involved with protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, and has taken decisive steps in raising the levels of awareness on IP Rights among the citizens of India. It also provides a platform for continuous interaction between industry and Government to deliberate on various IP-related issues. Most importantly, FICCI plays a key role in offering substantive and comprehensive inputs and feedback to the Government on IP policy and related matters.
FICCI, in association with the Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprise (MoMSME), Govt. of India, has established an IP Facilitation Centre (FICCI IPFC). The objective is to promote awareness and adoption of IPR among MSMEs, individual entrepreneurs, start-ups and industry, in general.
FICCI also runs an IP Education Centre (IPEC) with the objective to impart specialized education in the field of IP, to help develop a pool of IP professionals, whose knowledge and services will benefit the Industry at large.
The objective behind establishing the forum is to form a national association of professionals who are dedicated to supporting IP and encouraging innovation, brand protection and creativity among stakeholders.
The membership is open to Lawyers, In-house Counsels, Consultants, Startups, Academicians, Innovators and other IP Stakeholders who can contribute to the forum activities. The forum will meet at regular intervals to discuss IP and related issues in India as well as to network, exchange views and advocate for a strong regime.
Through this forum, FICCI would work towards further strengthening India’s IP ecosystem and thus play a more comprehensive role in addressing existing and evolving issues.