[A2k] Government, Industry and WIPO to Establish India Intellectual Property Foundation

Pranesh Prakash pranesh at cis-india.org
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Ministry of Commerce & Industry
21-July, 2012 18:12 IST

Government, Industry and Wipo to Establish India Intellectual Property
Foundation at Nagpur

Anand Sharma Inaugurates Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Intellectual
Property Management

The union Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles, Shri Anand Sharma
today inaugurated the National Institute of Intellectual Property
Management (NIIPM) building at Nagpur and named it “Rajiv Gandhi National
Institute of Intellectual Property Management”. “Rajiv Gandhi was a great
believer of innovation and technology and he was the one who laid the
foundations of the information age in India. The Institute which we are
inaugurating today was a missing link in our national landscape. We can
only pay tribute to him by dedicating this Institution to his memory.”

Referring to the surge in the patent applications Shri Sharma said “The
number of patent applications has expanded many fold over the years. Last
year alone, nearly 42,000 patent applications were filed. Globally too,
there is an increase of international patent filings as countries have
gained competitiveness. We recognize the need for creating a pool of
trained professionals who have a sound understanding of domestic and
international patent law and are imparted with professional training which
equips them to evaluate and assess the applications in terms of prevailing
law. Intellectual Property is an instrument which has driven the innovation
in developed world, building on inherent strength for innovation and in
today’s globalised world, the reach of Intellectual Property crosses the
national boundaries.”

The Minister also announced the decision to establish the India
Intellectual Property Foundation which DIPP will set up in collaboration
with CII and WIPO at NIIPM, Nagpur. “This development will help in
synergizing the various IPR initiatives in the country and will immensely
benefit all stakeholders. This will make Nagpur and Maharashtra the hub for
research related Intellectual Property Activity in India” said the Minister.

Established as a national centre of excellence the NIIPM was established at
the cost of Rs27.42 crore with an aim of fostering the creation,
development and utilisation of Intellectual property as envisaged in the
legislation on the subject. The institute will fulfil the needs of IP
ecosystem by education, training, research, policy formulation and
awareness. In the light of increasing workload of patent application Indian
Intellectual Property Office (IPO) recently recruited a batch of 257
examiners. Of patents and designs who will undergo a comprehensive one year
training at NIIPM.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Prithviraj Chavan and Union Minister of
Social Justice and Empowerment SHri Mukul Wasnik along with Industry
Secretary Shri Surabh Chandra addressed the audience.


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