Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) held at KU

‘Development of a Nation comes from number of patents registered in a country’

Srinagar – A one- day workshop / sensitization program on “Intellectual Property Rights, challenges and practices for MSME units” was organised by University Science Instrumentation Centre (USIC) KU in collaboration with Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) and Department of Law KU here at University campus on Tuesday.

While presiding over the inaugural session Prof SK Jain from Dept of Management Studies, IIT New Delhi said that the present world is engulfed with competition which revolves around the technology which itself is the outcome of the new inventions and innovation by young scientists.

“This workshop is a vital initiative to create awareness among the young innovators and budding scientists about the importance of patent. There are many institutes spread across the country which train the students particularly in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and it would be definitely very beneficial if students from the valley would get attached to these institutes to get a proper training so that they come to know about the different procedures and modalities to be followed and adapted while applying for patent of their innovation or invention,” said Prof Jain.

Director, MSME-DI Jammu, Virender Sharma in his opening remarks stressed that every innovation is incomplete before it is patented and a scientist will have complete authority over his invention only after it is patented.

“This one-day workshop is organised to throw some light on the pros and cons of the Intellectual Property Rights and how it can be used for the betterment of the innovators,” said Sharma.

President Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir (FCIK) Zahoor Ahmad while presenting a perspective on IPR pointed out “Such kind of workshops will benefit the industries of our valley as its main purpose is to erudite people about the different aspects of innovations and applicability of IPR.”

Director USIC Prof GM Bhat while delivering his inaugural address underlined that innovations are the definite path towards development and these innovations are required to be patented to provide optimum benefits and credit to its inventor.

Prof Bhat further added that.  He added that “one of the indicators of the development of a nation is the number of patent applications being filed in that country.”

“Science and law must go hand in hand to provide platform and secure rights of the innovators,” he added.  While highlighting the contribution of USIC in the technology innovation and patenting  in the State of J&K, he said that about 37 patents have been filed throgh the support of Grassroot Innovation and Augmentation Network (GIAN) Cell and Entrepreneurship development Cell (EDC) at USIC.

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