Taking forward the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy 2016, a ‘Scheme for IPR Awareness – Creative India; Innovative India’ has been launched by Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.
The Scheme aims at raising IPR awareness amongst students, youth, authors, artists, budding inventors and professionals to inspire them to create, innovate and protect their creations and inventions across India including Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 cities as well as rural areas in the next 3 years.
The Scheme for IPR Awareness aims to conduct over 4000 IPR awareness workshops/seminars in academic institutions (schools and colleges) and the industry, including MSMEs and Startups, as also IP training and sensitization programmes for enforcement agencies and the judiciary.
Workshops will cover all vital IP topics including international filing procedures, promotion of Geographical Indications and highlighting the ill effects of piracy and counterfeiting.
The Scheme for IPR Awareness would be implemented through partner organizations to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.
Salient Features of the Scheme
– The scheme targets to conduct IP awareness workshops/seminars in collaboration with industry organizations, academic institutions and other stakeholders across the country.
– It is also proposed to undertake training programmes to create a resource pool of trainers who would conduct the IP Awareness workshops/semina rs for the public, enforcement agencies and judiciary.
– These awareness programmes will be tailored for 4 categories: Primary School (up to Grade 8), Secondary School (Grade 9 to Grade 12), University, College and Industry, including MSMEs and Startups. However, two or more categories may be combined in any awareness programme.
– Workshops/Seminars for the industry will be further tailored for the industry to cover vital IP topics including all facets pertaining to inter-alia, Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, GIs, Designs, Plant Varieties, Genetic Resources and TK (including international filing procedures in accordance with PCT and Madrid protocol) among MSMES, Startups, various IP generating sector-speciﬁc industries and R&D entities.
– Workshops/Seminars on promotion of Gls.
– Workshops/Seminars to highlight the ill effects of piracy and counterfeiting.
– Conduct IP training and sensitization programmes for enforcement agencies (Police, Customs) and Judiciary.
– 4000 IP awareness workshops/seminars in academic institutions and the industry across India
-40 training programmes (Training of Trainers) to create a resource pool of persons for conducting IPR Awareness workshops/seminars
-5 workshops with eminent international speakers on IP in the global context
-270 IP training and sensitization programmes for enforcement agencies and judiciary
In order to take forward the National IPR Policy and to enhance creativity, innovation, competitiveness and economic growth in India, it is imperative to harness IP. With phenomenal growth of the Indian Economy it is vital that |PRs are generated in India and then legally protected and exploited. Inadequate knowledge about the rights of individuals to protect their ideas and innovations and low awareness about the procedures involved in obtaining an IPR has hindered lndia’s growth in Intellectual Property.