‘IPR is vital tool to protect intangible assets of industry and academia’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Apr 2017 09:21:46

Business Bureau,

ON THE occasion of World IP Day 2017, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Intellectual Property Facilitation Centre (IPFC) Centre of Excellence (CoE) along with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (RGNIIPM) and Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur (NLU) organised a seminar on IPR with the theme ‘Fostering innovation and IP for a better tomorrow’ on Wednesday.

The seminar was organised with the clear objective to create awareness on importance of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) to innovation, embrace innovation and IPR driven ecosystem amongst stakeholders and industry. On behalf of CII, Rahul Dixit, Vice-Chairman of CII Vidarbha Zonal Council and Director of Midland Diesel Services Pvt Ltd welcomed all the dignitaries and participants to come forward to celebrate the World Intellectual Property Day. He stated the importance, value of innovation and creativity that has been realised across the sectors.

“The contribution of Intellectual Property (IP) to our national and State economy is very substantial. The primary function of an IPR is to give its holder a competitive advantage in its commercial activities, by preventing unauthorised exploitation by third parties. In the global market, it is very important to protect the intangible assets of SMEs and academia. IPR provides the powerful weapons to compete with much larger companies across the world,” he said.

Prof Dr Vijender Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur emphasised on the various aspects of IPR. He said, “Our society needs to be educated for protection and promotion of Intellectual Property Rights which will further enrich the national economy.” He emphasised to name Nagpur as ‘Intellectual Hub’.

Prof Kumar also encouraged all the host institutions, RGNIIPM, MNLU Nagpur and CII to get together for educating and dissemination of IPR knowledge.
Pankaj Borkar, Head, RGNIIIPM and C D Satpute, Senior Documentation Officer (SDO), RGNIIPM explained the patentable inventions and procedure part and expressed concern about IPR awareness in Vidarbha region.

Both explained to the young participants that they can make their careers in patents and IPR by joining various courses. They also informed that RGNIIPM will be conducting awareness programmes for various organisations. Prof Dr Naresh Kumar Vats, Head Centre of IPR of MNLU Nagpur, touching the issues of trademark and geographical indications protection, emphasised to activate the enforcement mechanism to eliminate the deceptive goods and promote the branded product. To ensure the protection of geographical indications stakeholders, educational institutions and manufacturing organisations to work for educating, promoting and protecting the interest of national heritage and branded product.

Other speakers that addressed on important topics and presented papers were Diksha Dubey, Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur, Dr Himanshu Pandey, Associate Professor, Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur, Dr Sona Kumar, Asst Professor, G H Raisoni Law School, Guha, IP Lawyer, Chetna Agarwal, BA LL.B (Hons), Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur, Dr Ragini Khubalkar, Assistant Professor, Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur, Dr V P Tiwari, Associate Professor of Law, Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur.