Delhi: The central government has said that it was hopeful of introducing
the Patents (amendment) Bill next week in Parliament. The move comes even
as it is looking for support from either its alliance partners or the main
opposition, the BJP.
that the legislation was to fulfil the country's WTO obligations, minister
for trade and commerce, Kamal Nath said not meeting them could have implications
for India, such as sanctions. The government has said that it was open to
suggestions from all and that they would be meeting BJP leaders later in the
day and Left Parties representatives tomorrow.
had introduced the product patent regime by promulgating
an ordinance on December 30. It now has to be introduced in current session
of Parliament before it breaks for recess on March 24 to prevent it from lapsing.