Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Foundation for Technology and Business Incubation – NITR conducted a one-day workshop on Intellectual Property Rights

On 26th August 2022, FTBI-NITR organized a workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). This offline workshop was sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, the Government of India.
A total of 120 participants attended the workshop. Students from nearby schools and colleges, a few students of NIT Rourkela, and teams of different startups incubated at FTBI got benefited from this workshop. Dr. Susanta Kumar Rout {Project Scientist, Science and Technology Department, Government of Odisha} was the Chief Guest of the inaugural session. Addressing the inaugural session, he said, “I congratulate FTBI for conducting such workshops. Young Minds are full of ideas and innovation. However, the lack of awareness for protecting their intellectual property in the form of copyright, patents, etc., results in losing ownership of their innovation and research. The process of filing for different types of IPR may seem difficult. Therefore, Science and Technology Department, Government of Odisha came up with ‘Patent Information Centre’ to guide and support inventors in patenting and protecting other forms of Intellectual Property Rights.”
Prof. Mukesh Kumar Gupta (Professor-in-charge of Intellectual Property Rights Cell, NITR) was the Guest of Honour. He interacted with the participants and said, “If there is an innovation which is beneficial to mankind and has a commercial or artistic value, it should immediately get the Patents/Trademarks/Copyrights or related rights. The workshop also covers a portion that describes the consequences of not having legislative approvals and legal rights for an innovation. IPR plays a crucial role in shaping the economic policies of developing countries. Legal protection can stimulate research and development activities and protect the creative efforts of the creators. ”
Further, Prof. Manoj Kumar Mishra (Head of Centre, FTBI-NITR) also addressed the gathering and said, “FTBI aims at promoting startups. This workshop can help incubators to strengthen and help the dreamers to work step by step on their unique ideas. Currently, FTBI has 56 startups with 200+ job generations and we wish to promote more science-tech ideas with support from DST India and Science and Technology Department, Odisha.”
The one-day workshop was conducted in two sessions. Dr. Susanta Kumar Rout as the Speaker of the workshop enlightened the participants on ‘Intellectual property Right in India an Overview’ in session one. The second session focused on Types of IPR, Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and related rights, Geographical indications, Industrial designs, Trade secrets, Layout design for integrated circuits, and Protection of the new plant variety. The event concluded with a vote of thanks by CEO of FTBI, Mr. Chiranjibi Samal.

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