The rapidly growing relevance of intellectual property in the present knowledge driven economic development has led the Government to take several initiatives both in the legislative domain as well as the administrative set-up to create a modern and efficient Intellectual Property infrastructure in the country. Recognizing the critical importance of IP systems for the growth of Indian Industry and to create larger public awareness and further enhance the capacities of Indian patent office and enforcement authorities, FICCI and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India have launched “National IPR Campaign”. Under the Campaign, FICCI and DIPP will jointly conduct seminars, workshops and specialized training programmes over a period of one year from April ’08 to March ’09. The Campaign would include awareness programmes on Intellectual Property issues; capacity building Programmes for enforcement authorities and the staff of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM); specialized orientation programmes for patent office examiners; programmes on sensitizing judiciary on speedy and quality adjudication of Intellectual Property cases; continuos advertisements in electronic and print media on “protecting IP and the consequences of violating IP Rights”; establishment of “Knowledge and Education Centres” at all Patent Offices; targeted programmes for stakeholders with a view to shift the current practice of filing patent/trademark applications from paper to electronic mode etc. The campaign will not be limited to big cities alone but will also be taken to tier II and III cities including Baddi, Meerut and Jaipur by FICCI.
For any further information pls. contact sheetal chopra (firstname.lastname@example.org), Senior Assistant Director, FICCI-IPR Division.