Kolkata: The usage of
genuine IT in the manufacturing sector will not only differentiate
the Indian products but will also give it an edge over the
products of their competitors, a Microsoft official has said.
"According to the new unfair competition laws in certain US
states, sale of products which are being manufactured and
distributed using illegal information technology, for example
pirated software, is prohibited," said Tabrez Ahmad, director, IP
policy of the software major.
"The law's objective is to create a level playing field for law
abiding manufacturers by obligating the non-compliant
manufacturers to show use of genuine and legal IT before their
products can be distributed and sold in certain territories of
US," he said at a function here Wednesday.
"If the Indian manufacturers - who are into exports in US - use
genuine IT, then they can score over competitors who are using
non-genuine IT because their products will be scrapped," said
Leading IP boutique law firms also feel that India can increase
its exports to US and come to a level playing field with China,
which tops the list.
"If Indian manufacturers start now by using genuine IT for
manufacturing and distribution, then they can easily gain momentum
in the competition in terms of exports to US as nearly 79 percent
of the Chinese manufacturers use non-genuine IT," said Sunil K.
Singh of Saikrishna & Associates.
"This is a big opportunity against China where software piracy and
hardware counterfeiting is among the highest in the world. And
since China is also the largest exporter of manufactured products
to US, they will face maximum challenges. Even an increase in two
percent of export to US can have a very positive impact on our
economy," he said.