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January 18, 2022

University Grants Commission (UGC), India, organizes online workshop for Universities and Colleges on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

University Grants Commission

University Grants Commission


New Delhi, January 17, 2022 — University Grants Commission organized an online workshop for Universities and Colleges on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

Smt. Neeta Prasad, Joint Secretary (ICC & Vig.) Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Shri Rajendra Ratnoo, Joint Secretary, DPIIT & CGPDTM, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, and Prof. Rajnish Jain, Secretary, UGC, addressed the Inaugural Session.

Delivering the welcome address, Prof. Rajnish Jain, Secretary, UGC, highlighted the importance of IPR and its importance in the country’s image and its relevance in building the knowledge pool of the country and its legal aspects. He shed light on the historical part of India’s position as creator and innovator. He expressed hope in the day’s deliberations in creating awareness about IPR.

Delivering the Special Address, Smt. Neeta Prasad, Joint Secretary (ICC & Vig.) Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education stressed the importance of Intellectual Property as the foundation of innovation, research, and creativity. She shared that necessary steps have been taken in India to create a robust innovation and IPR culture in the country, which has significantly improved the relevant innovation and IP numbers, be it the IP filing, IP grant, and IP disposals. However, despite all changes, India is behind many countries in terms of IPR. She stressed that the reason could be a lack of awareness in students for filing patents.

She shared about the Government’s initiative in the areas like the KAPILA program launched for IP literacy and awareness in October 2020, reducing the fee for filing the patent. She suggested that the way forward was proactively protecting knowledge and inventions by respective IPRs in India and other countries.

Shri Rajendra Ratnoo, Joint Secretary, DPIIT & CGPDTM, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, delivered the keynote address. He said there is a need to convert energy into synergy by coming together. He said that there was a need to collaborate instead of working in silos. Mr. Ratnoo further stressed the need for promoting innovation and creation in both art and science. He outlined the importance of partnership between industry, academia, and IPR registration.

The technical session followed the inaugural session, where IP experts gave an overview of the theme.

Dr. Usha Rao, Assistant Controller of Patents & Designs, presented a summary of Intellectual Property Rights. She provided an insight into the need and importance of IPR and the different types of IP and their governing bodies. Dr. Rao also shed light on the various acts and rules of IPR in India. She also discussed the multiple ways of filing the patent processes.

The second expert for the technical round was Shri Sukhdeep Singh, Assistant Controller of Patents & Designs. He addressed the various schemes and privileges for Educational Institutes in IPR. He concluded by stating that the way forward involved the establishment of IP management cells in Universities, having master trainers, and establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) supported by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The webinar ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. Surender Singh, Additional Secretary UGC.

The online workshop discussed pertinent aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). It was an essential step towards making HEIs aware of IPR. Universities and colleges from all over India participated in it.

Source: Ministry of Education

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—The Editor is an Alumnus of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy, Geneva, Switzerland.


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