Central University of Punjab celebrated World IP Day 2022 by organizing a workshop on “Intellectual Property Rights and Entrepreneurship’

Bathinda : The Intellectual Property Right Cell and Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) of Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, in collaboration with the Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, Chandigarh, and the Dept. of Science and Technology, GoI, celebrated World IP Day with a special programme. On this occasion, a “Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and Entrepreneurship” was held. The keynote speaker for this workshop was Dr. Ashutosh Pastor, Sr. Manager and Head, Incubation, FIIT, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Around 200 students from different departments of the university attended this workshop.
While addressing the participants, Dr. Ashutosh Pastor shared entrepreneurship opportunities available in academia. He discussed the socio-economic impacts of entrepreneurship and highlighted that India has witnessed a rapid diffusion of entrepreneurship in the last five years. He introduced various incubation units of FIIT, including TBIU—Now NIDHI CoE (DST); Atal Incubation Center (AIM-NITI); and BioNEST (BIRAC), and discussed the role of incubators in providing the necessary support to start-ups right from the idea stage, product development stage, and go-to-market stage. He informed that Incubator Tech Transfer Offices helps the start-up with IP filings and management; industry mapping; market understanding; product development support; and spin-off formulation. He stressed that the Ministry of Education’s National Innovation and Start-Up Policy and various government schemes such as the DST Nidhi Seed Support Scheme, BIRAC Seed Fund, DeitY multiplier grants scheme, ReWolution-a startup scheme especially designed by DST for women entrepreneurs, etc., aim to encourage academia to develop technology/products and processes. The start-up promotors need to identify their problem statement, market share they are targeting, business model, and put together a team of technology and business experts before presenting their proposal to the investors. Participants discussed their queries with the guest speaker during a Q & A session.
After this, Dr. Preeti Khetarpal, Convener, IPR Cell, gave an overview of gave an overview of different forms of IPRs, namely patents, trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications, and copyright. She presented the university’s intellectual property policy and encouraged researchers to always file IPR before publishing their innovations in peer-reviewed journals.
At the outset, Prof. Amandeep Kaur welcomed the participants and introduced the guest speaker, Prof. Raj Kumar, Chairman, IPR, expressed his gratitude towards the guest speaker and encouraged the youngsters to aim to become entrepreneurs. Dr.Jitendra Patnaik, Vice-President, IIC, gave a formal vote of thanks towards the end of this programme.

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