07-DEC-2015: Aligarh Muslim University in collaboration with the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) and Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India today organized a half-day awareness workshop on 'Intellectual Property and Innovation Management in Knowledge era.' The Programme was organized at the University Boys Polytechnic Auditorium.
While delivering the keynote address, Aligarh Muslim University Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali said that ever since we started an Innovation Council at AMU, we have been thinking about having an intellectual property cell.
"We have to safe guard our creative activities in sciences, arts and humanities," said the Pro Vice Chancellor adding that there is an immediate requirement of patenting in what AMU produces.
He further said that like the universities in United States of America, AMU can also have 'shop floors', which will help our researchers to not only patent their ideas but reach out to industries in an easier way.
"Our next stop is an intellectual property cell co-joined with the innovation cell in AMU," said the Pro Vice Chancellor. He added that the University administration wants to assure that others don't benefit from the work of AMU scholars.
Dr Sanjeev Kumar Majumdar, Deputy Manager, Intellectual Property Rights, NRDC said that an objective of this workshop is to understand the process of transferring skills, knowledge, technologies, methods of manufacturing, samples of manufacturing and facilities among universities to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users who can then further develop and exploit the technology into new products, processes, applications, materials or services.
Dr Majumdar pointed out that the during the past six decade of its existence and in pursuance of its corporate goals, NRDC has forged strong links with the scientific and industrial community in India and abroad.
He added that NRDC has developed a wide network of research institutions, academia and industry and made formal arrangements with them.
While explaining the process of applying for patents, Mr Sarfaraz ur Rahman, Examiner of Patents and Design, Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks, New Delhi said that the term of every patent in India is 20 years from the date of filing of patent application, irrespective of whether it is filed with provisional or complete specification.
While stating that India, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999, Mr Sarfaraz said that Geographical Indications (GI) ensures that none other than those registered as authorised users (or at least those residing inside the geographic territory) are allowed to use the popular product name. He also said that Darjeeling tea became the first GI tagged product in India, in 2004â??05, since then by July 2012, 178 had been added to the list.
Professor Sajjad Athar, the organizing president of the programme welcomed the guests while Mr Mohd Imran conducted the programme. Prof Asadullah Khan delivered the vote of thanks.