Activities Round Up

Date : 22 Aug to 23 Aug 2014
Place : Kochi
Organised by : FISME

FISME organises IPR awareness programme in Kochi

The Intellectual Property Facilitation Centre (IPFC) of Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME) with the support of the O/o Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks, Ministry of Commerce & India, Govt. of India organised a two day Awareness Programme on “Intellectual Property Rights” for Industry and Academia in the city of Kochi on 22nd and 23rd of August 2014. The programme was organised in association with Cochin Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Kerala Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

The inaugural session was graced by the leadership of premier Industry associations from the state of Kerala along with Mr. R. Devan, Dy. Controller of Patents & Designs, Intellectual Property Office (Chennai) who gave the theme address and enlightened the audience on the importance of adoption of IPRs for the success of modern business.

The objective of the first day programme was to create a general awareness about Intellectual Property (IP), the advantages and the need of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to protect their own IPs.

The technical sessions was led by Mr. Vedant Pujari, Chief Consultant-IPR, FISME-Intellectual Property Facilitation Centre (IPFC) who spoke about the National & International Framework of Intellectual Property Rights giving an insight to International treaties, filing and dispute resolution mechanisms, mandates for member countries to the treaties and its impact on national IPR regime. He also elaborated on the various IP instruments and their filing procedures including IPR Laws & Practices in India.

Others who spoke included Mr. Sagar Chandra, Member, Delhi High Court Bar Association who talked on IP Enforcement, the enforcement machinery in India, practical challenges in enforcing IP Rights and the current Judicial scenario.

A session on Leveraging IPR in Industry & Businesses was taken by Mr. Jayant Deshpande, Legal Counsel, Hindustan Unilever Ltd. He also talked about IP Audit, Exchange of IPRs, and Technology and Merchandise Licensing.

On the second day the focus was on the academia with participants including professors, scholars and students coming in from various universities and colleges. The speakers gave the participants an insight into the various IP instruments with special emphasis on patents and designs.

Ms. Madhuri Anand, Research Officer, MHRD Chair on IPR, Cochin University of Science and Technology shared her thoughts on Leveraging IPR in Academia and R&D institutions with emphasis on the use of existing research. This was followed by a panel discussion of relevant stakeholders on Industry – Academia collaboration on IPR.

The programme ended with vote of thanks by Mr. Mukesh Kalra, Joint Secretary - International Trade, Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME).