India’s DRDO grants free patent access to local industry to boost indigenous production

12 November 2019

India's government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has decided to grant local materiel manufacturers free access to technology for many of its patents in a bid to boost New Delhi's 'Make in India' initiative.

In an internal communication issued in September, but only recently made public, the DRDO said it will waive all licence fees and royalties for several patents.

Official sources told Jane's that the DRDO patents include technologies for missile development, aeronautics and naval systems, life sciences, combat engineering, armaments, and electronics and communication systems. The companies will include state- and privately-owned defence equipment manufacturers, start-ups, as well as micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.

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