Thursday, November 06, 2008

FICCI to organize Two Day Forum on the Role of IP

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in association with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) is organizing two day’s inter-regional forum on “Role of Intellectual Property in the Innovation Economy” on 26th – 27th November 2008 at ITC Sheraton New Delhi Hotel, District Centre, Saket, New Delhi. The forum will provide an opportunity to discuss –

(I) the latest international trends and developments in planning of a strategy for development of intellectual property;

(II) the appropriate policy approaches, strategic framework and institutional mechanisms for utilizing intellectual property as a powerful tool for an innovative economy;

(III) Intellectual property as a common language for government and markets in the promotion of competitiveness, innovation and creativity; and

(IV) Intellectual property rights policies to foster innovation and diffusion of technology in emerging areas of the economy.

The programme copy, brochure and response proforma can be downloaded from the following link. For further details you may get in touch with Sheetal Chopra, Senior Assistant Director and (Ph: 23738760 (ext: 368), 23766930, 9810144466, Fax No. 91-11-23765333, 23721504).

The Indian and International speakers will deliberate upon eight very important themes as given in the programme copy. Beside Indian delegates approx. 50 International Delegate will be participating in the conference representing China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam etc.

FICCI lately organized a conference in Goa in association with WIPO and DIPP on 1-3rd September ’08. There were many important points which were pointed out by the delegates which were really thought provoking such as whether 2nd tier protection (utility model) for incremental innovations has really helped the growth of countries; patenting of method of use claims etc. The conference came to be a big success. May be this is the reason that WIPO seems to have again joined hands with FICCI to organize yet another conference on 26-27th November ’08 with a new theme.

Patent Circle believes it would be an important forum to learn about the policies being adopted by different countries to foster the growth the Intellectual Property thereby strengthening the innovative economy. Recently, FICCI has submitted draft Innovation Act to the Ministry of Science and Technology with an aim to create an enabling environment for more innovations to take place. The text of this Act is also available on DST’s website. During the forum, possibly discussions might take place on this front as well.


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