IIT Delhi comes out with a new definition for 'innovation.' Hooking to the idea of Intellectual Property Rights, the institute is now seeking protection for its pioneering technology and ideas, though traditionally it was less inclined towards the same. IIT-Delhi had approved of 35 of its innovations for patent filling in 2008-09, the highest ever for IIT Delhi. Professor Surendra Prasad, Director IIT Delhi, mentioned that the above was a result of change in the thinking of the faculty. Initially they just wanted to get their work published quickly, however, now the focus is also on retaining patent rights to work they present. For the uninitiated, IPR is a legal right granted to the owner of a creation, both artistic and commercial. Patents, trademarks and copyrights are kinds of IPR.
180 patent applications have been filed by IIT Delhi, since its inception, with 60 under its belt presently. 2004-05 saw filling of 24 patent right applications, after which there was a steady rise in innovations approved for filling IPR.