Priyank Kharge, Rear Admiral Atul Khanna to address IPR workshop at IIMB on Feb 22

Bengaluru: IIM Bangalore, in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and VTPC, Government of Karnataka, will host a national conference titled ‘Intellectual Property Rights for Global Business: Forward Looking Agenda for India’, on February 22 (Friday), 2019, at IIMB.

The objective of the workshop is to deliberate on some of the key policy challenges that have come up in the realm of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) before India and other emerging economies in recent years, and propose a forward-looking agenda for the coming years in order to render IPRs as a vehicle for rapid economic growth.

Key speakers at the conference include O P Gupta, Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks, Government of India, Shekar Viswanathan, Immediate Past Chairman, FICCI KSC & Vice Chairman & Whole-time Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited, Ullas Kamath, Chairman, FICCI KSC & Joint Managing Director, Jyothy Laboratories Limited, Bengaluru, Rear Admiral Atul Khanna, VSM, Additional Director General, DQA(N), Ministry of Defence, Department of Defence Production, Priyank Kharge, Minister, Social Welfare Department, Government of Karnataka, S R Satheesha, MD, VTPC, Government of Karnataka, Prof. A Damodaran of IIMB, Dr. Santosh Mohanty, Vice President, Tata Consultancy Services, and many more.

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The topics at the workshop include: strategic overview where issues will be discussed with reference to the National IPR Policy; artiste/performer’s rights – this is a major concern given the role of more distributed systems of digital and music and dance production in recent times; streamlining transfer of technology through licensing and issues regarding royalty payments which are relevant to the macroeconomic considerations associated with India’s external sector; the extensive work that has gone into protecting traditional legacies and ingenuity of artisans/farmers and the road ahead; modernizing IPR administration in India in the interest of faster and more efficient and qualitative improvements in the processes of IPR applications; data protection and privacy that are critical to protect information that are relevant to patent grant and protection, and synergies with Make in India, Start Up India and Digital India in the larger interests of technological upgradation and successful deployment.

“The topics mentioned above would be critical as they could make a difference to technology and capital sourcing that will differentiate India from the rest of the BRICS members,” says Professor A. Damodaran, faculty from the Economics and Social Sciences area at IIMB, who has been instrumental in setting up the workshop and whose report on Royalty Payments submitted to the Government of India has triggered debate surrounding the six issues that the conference will cover.

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