‘Budding lawyers should focus on IPR’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Mar 2017 10:00:18

Staff Reporter,

In the face of changing trade environment, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) have become an important and inevitable aspect. The budding lawyers should focus on IPR, as there would be tremendous scope for them in future, said, Justice Prasanna B Varale, Judge of Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court on Friday. Justice Varale was addressing as a chief guest of the inaugural function of 15th Justa Causa, the national law festival organised by Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar College of Law at its auditorium.

Dr S P Kane, Vice Chancellor of RTM Nagpur University chaired the session. Prof Dr Vijendra Kumar, Vice Chancellor of Maharashtra National Law University was the guest of honour. Prof Dr Mahendra K Bhandari, Director-Law, SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Deemed University from Mumbai was the key note speaker.

Justice Varale stated that advancement in technology has made sea change in innovations, inventions and intellect of a person. The changing trade environment has given rise to global competition, high innovation risks, short product cycle, need for rapid changes in technology, high investments in research and development (R&D), production and marketing and need for highly skilled human resources. To meet these challenges, budding lawyers should equip themselves and update their knowledge of technological advancements, he added.

Justice Varale discussed cases of Jyothy Laboratories Vs Gaudier Consumer Products regarding a mosquito repellent liquid and whirlpool’s washing machine design. He said, regardless of what product an enterprise makes or what service it provides, it is likely that it is regularly using and creating a great deal of intellectual property. There is an emergent need for enterprises and professionals to systematically consider the steps required for protecting, managing and enforcing intellectual property rights, so as to get the best possible commercial results from its ownership. IPR law has been framed to give maximum incentives for the knowledge and technology to its creators and inventors, he added.

Prof Vijendra Kumar appealed students to argue for justice. Lawyers in future would have a scope to work in the field of IPR and to assist court in administration of justice. The students must inculcate habits of good reading, good listening and good communication skills, he added.

Dr S.V Kane took a brief review of social changes over the years. Plants and Animals have been considered as living objects. Out of them plants have only physical body while animals except human have physical body and emotions. A man is different as he has been blessed with inherent intellect. With the technological inventions a man has become superman, but there is a need to transform superman into super human being abiding rules and regulations, he added.

In his welcome speech, Dr Shrikant Komawar, Principal of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar College of law discussed the theme ‘Intellectual Property Rights: Issues and Challenges’ for 15th edition of Justa Causa. Mrinmayee Kukdey and Chinmayee Nimkhedkar conducted the proceedings of the programme. Dr Adhara Deshpande proposed a vote of thanks.

‘Educational institutions in IPR needed’

Prof Dr Mahendra Bhandari expressed the need for educational institutions to revisit and develop courses in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Delivering a key note address, Dr Bhandari said, technology has been causing major disruptions. Some are used to promote human welfare and advancement, whereas, other are abused.

In this challenging era, proper understanding management and development of Intellectual property is critical for every nation to sustain in global competition. Therefore, IPR education and awareness must form integral part of, not only higher education syllabi us, but students at school level should also be exposed to the significance of IP and IPR through simpler audio visual tools.

Considering various issues and challenges being faced by society, nation and world because of technological advancements, there is an urgent attention to be paid to develop robust IP jurisprudence and IP culture, both among academia, industry and scientific community, he added.

Various contests, seminar today

As a part of ongoing 15th edition of Justa Causa, different competitions and national seminar will be held on March 18 at college auditorium of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar College of Law.A national drawing competition on the theme Intellectual Property Rights: Issues and Challenges will be held from 8 am to 9 am. National Crossword competition will be held from 8.30 am to 9.30 am. National Turncoat Debate Competition will be held from 1.30 pm.

A national seminar on Intellectual Property Rights: Issues and Challenges will be inaugurated at 9 am. Puranchandra Meshram, Registrar of RTM Nagpur University will be the chief guest while Neha Raut Thakre will be the guest of honour. Dr Pramod Yeole, Pro Vice Chancellor of RTM Nagpur University will chair the session. There will be two technical session held immediately after inaugural function. They include Trademarks and Patents as safeguards to the intellectual creations; copyrights and patents as a protector for both public and private institutions.

Valedictory function will be held at 5 pm. Pushpa Ganediwala, Principal District and Session Judge will be the chief guest. Prof Dr Naresh Kumat Vats will be the guest of honour. Dr Shrikant Komawar, Principal of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar college of law will chair the session. The preliminary rounds of National Moot Court Competition will be held from 9 am while researcher test will be held at 6 pm.