A workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) held at ICRISAT, equipped 85 participants with in-depth understanding on types of intellectual property, pre-filing scenarios, procedural timelines and statutory fees. The sessions also focussed on IP knowledge dissemination with examples from each domain/subject matter to cater to the diverse participant portfolio that included students, startups, innovators, incubation managers and entrepreneurs.
A better understanding of IPRs is key to boost innovation within both public and private institutions in the country, Dr Peter Carberry, Director General, ICRISAT, said. Speaking at a one-day workshop on IPRs at ICRISAT, Dr Carberry highlighted the importance of knowledge dissemination on patents, trademarks, designs and copyrights.
Dr Saikat Datta Mazumdar, Chief Operating Officer (COO)-NPK Program, AIP-ICRISAT addressed the participants on the criticality of IPRs management to capitalize on technology-supported businesses, while Dr Surya Mani Tripathi, Legal Counsel, ICRISAT, and Mr Diwaagar Radhakrishnan Sitaraman, Advocate and IP Attorney, Madras High Court, provided an overview of IPRs with various interactive exercises.
Ms Sravanti Vedula, Project Officer, Agribusiness and Innovation Platform (AIP) – ICRISAT, shared details on the Government of India initiatives that provide financial assistance for filing of IPRs in the form of reimbursement with special focus on assistance from the Ministry of MSME. With more than 40% of the attendees being women from diverse backgrounds, the event highlighted the increasing interest of women in the innovation ecosystem.
The activity was organized by the Intellectual Property Facilitation Cell and AIP – ICRISAT, in partnership with STARTUPBYTE and was supported by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Government of India.