He added that the government has brought a lot of "sanity" to the working of eight areas of IPR, be it patent, copyright or trademark. "All of these are synergised into one office now. We are in the process of computerising every process so that people don't have to go to any IPR office whatsoever," he said.
There is one IPR office in the US and everybody works online.
The Minister said: "I am trying to develop that module here. With smartphones proliferating all over India, the government wants to ensure rural artisans and craftsmen engage directly online through video conferencing and get advise on patent related issues free of cost.”
Goyal lauded the government for reducing charges significantly for start-ups, artisans and women entrepreneurs.
On protection of traditional knowledge under India's IPR policy, Goyal said it is not only related to traditional medicine but also traditional cultural expression.
He added that an initial study has been conducted to get a feel of what a road map on this issue should be and the government is now in the process of working out a much more detailed analysis and prepare a road map forward.
On government's efforts to protect traditional knowledge, the minister said 3.6 lakh formulations which were part of traditional knowledge have now been made available to 13 patent offices across the world.
He said: "Due to which, we were able to save about 236 cases which otherwise would have got patented somewhere else. They were able to deny the patent in different geographies because of our effort to make the world aware that India has lot of traditional knowledge."
The minister also assured the BJD member that the government will consider protecting "traditional culture" in the IPR policy. “The government is very committed that rural India is engaged with the world when it comes to the country's traditional knowledge and culture.”