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HPPIC holds workshop on Intellectual Property Rights in Shimla to educate students and researchers on patent filing

SHIMLA- Himachal Pradesh State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (SCSTE) organized a one day workshop on “Intellectual Property Rights in Research, Development and Academics” on November 25, 2016 at Conference Hall, HFRI, Panthaghati, Shimla.

Himachal Pradesh Patent Information Centre (HPPIC), a wing of HP SCTE, facilitated the workshop in which IPR experts from TIFAC, DIPP, Patent Office and K&S Law firm educated participants about importance of IPRs and their protection, Patenting system in India, National IPR Policy and its impact, International filing through PCT etc. in the field of research, development and Academics.

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While most of us are aware of common ownership laws for physical entities we buy or receive as legal owner, there is a lack of awareness about Intellectual Property Rights. Innovations, discoveries, ideas, concepts etc. require to be recognized officially by the government or authorised body. That makes it a necessity to create awareness among researchers and academics.

About 80 participants including faculty, students and researchers from Universities and R&D institutions of the State participated in this workshop. The workshop was of immense value to enlighten participants with knowledge and insights on the subject and encourage them for patent filing.

About Himachal Pradesh Patent Information Centre(HPPIC)

Himachal Pradesh Patent Information Centre(HPPIC) has been established in the State Council in October, 1998 by the Patent Facilitation Centre, Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC), Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India. The main objective of the Centre is to create awareness on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs).

For creating awareness and facilitation of IPRs in Universities and R&D Institutes, the State Council has established 8 IPR Cells in H.P.University, Shimla, CSKHPKV Palampur, Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry Solan, JayPee University Waknaghat, Bahra University, Eternal University- Baru Sahib, Chitkara University and Shoolini University, Solan District. CPRI Shimla, NIT Hamirpur, HFRI Shimla, AP Goyal Shimla University also participated in the workshop.

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The Centre is also providing patent search and filing facilities to the scientists, faculty and students of educational and research institutions of the State. The centre has also registered six Geographical Indications i.e Kullu Shawl, Kinnauri Shawl, Kangra Tea, Chamba Rumal, Kangra Paintings and Kullu Shawl Logo. Besides this, the centre has been declared as nodal agency for filing of Geographical Indications in Himachal Pradesh.

Tarun Kapoor, Principal Secretary (Environment, Science & Technology) was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Dr. Ajay Kumar Lal, Director Environment, Science & Technology, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, Sh. Kunal Satyarthi, Joint Member Secretary and Senior Scientists of State Council for Science Technology and Environment also participated in the workshop.

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