Central University of Punjab celebrated World IP Day

Bathinda: The Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) & Intellectual Property Rights Cell (IPR Cell) of Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, in collaboration with Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, Chandigarh celebrated World IP Day with a special programme. On this occasion, a “Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and its effective management for start-up” was conducted under the patronage of Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Punjab.

The workshop featured four enlightening lectures on different sub themes of IPR by Ms. Pooja Bhatia, Chief Manager, Innovation-Technology Transfer office (i-TTO), Ms. Sukku Singh, Senior Patent Agent, S. S. Rana & Co, Ms. Reema Sahni Mediratta, Project Manager, i-TTO AND Ms. Pragati Aggarwal Senior Project Officer, i-TTO, who joined as Invited Speakers of the programme. More than 100 participants registered in this workshop.

The programme commenced with the welcome address by Prof. R.K. Wusirika, Dean In-charge Academics. In the opening session, Ms. Pooja Bhatia (Chief Mgr, i-TTO) gave an overview of different forms of IPRs namely Patent, Trademark, Industrial design, Geographical Indications and Copyright. She mentioned that intellectual property is an intangible form of expression of creativity and it becomes intellectual property right when we register it. After this, Ms. Sukku Singh (S. S. Rana & Co) briefed the participants about different forms required for patent filing. She put a light on the time required to process a patent application. She shared that patent rights are territorial in nature and application must be filed in the country of interest where the applicant wishes to exercise his patent right.

The third lecture was delivered by Ms. Reema Sahni Mediratta (Project Mgr, i-TTO) where she discussed the strategies for ‘IP Creation, Development and Management’ aiming to increase revenue. She emphasized on maintaining confidentiality and signing a Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA) before discussing any invention with an IPR expert. In the last session, Ms. Pragati Aggarwal (Project Officer, i-TTO), put a light on ‘Patent Search Methodologies’ and stressed on the importance of correct keyword selection while carrying out patent search literature to avoid reinventing the wheel.

 

Prof. Monisha Dhiman, President, IIC, shared that this workshop will be memorable for all the participants as World Intellectual Property Organization, a self-funding agency of the United Nations has included this programme in the World IP Day Virtual Calendar (April 18- May, 2021). Towards the end, she proposed a formal vote of thanks. The Workshop was virtually attended by faculty, scholars, and students from different educational institutions from different states such as Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Tamil Nadu.

 

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