Poonam Mondal

MAIT, in association with Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India and Government of Maharashtra organized a high level workshop on creating ‘IPR Awareness’. The occasion was World Intellectual Property Day 2016, celebrated under the aegis of the World Intellectual Property Organization.

The issue of creating new IP is especially relevant to India which has only 0.15 researchers per thousand population, against 1.03 in China and 7.5 in Finland; per capita public funding of R&D activities was US$ 464 in India versus US$ 2,000 in Korea and Israel, and at only 0.08 citable documents per thousand citizens, India ranked at one-fourth the levels of China, Brazil and Russia.

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The theme of the workshop was “Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined”. The workshop aimed to provide an appreciation of the importance of Intellectual Property (IP) in gaining competitive advantage and understanding how to protect IP at all levels of business. The workshop covered areas such as the importance of IP operations, research and implementation for the ICTE sector.

Speaking at the workshop Vinit Goenka, Member, IT Task Force, Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways stated, “Since independence, no Indian citizen has won a Nobel Prize in any technology discipline. India is a laggard in all parameters of innovation. We invest little in research activities; we have among the least science graduates per thousand graduates; our university faculty members don’t publish enough papers; our score in patent filing and approvals are very poor; and we don’t have world class universities.”

He further added that there should be teachers/Professors/school-college units who will inspire the students to do research. “If we are able to increase the number of researchers automatically the innovation will start increasing,” Goenka added. Be it system be it enthusiasm the interests of students for research are lacking anyhow Goenka said.

He lastly said, “On the occasion of World IP Day, we must all come together and work towards changing this situation. India has the potential and a government with strong will to augment India’s reputation in the research and innovation domain.”

“In today’s fast changing global business environment, we aimed to bring into focus how IP strategy can be used to build sustainable competitive advantage by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Start-ups over the long term, how to create monetisable assets, enable the IPR Research & Development team to create adaptable technologies, promote responsible use of IP in compliance with Indian legal requirements, and provide tactical business advantage in the short term,” stated Anwar Shirpurwala, Executive Director, MAIT.

He exclusively told Channeltimes that if we are able to increase the awareness in a very short time, SMEs will turn to large enterprise. “India has huge potential and ideas to start something knew but at the moment we lack execution, if business enthusiasts research little bit before execution, then in no time they will be the hub of enterprises.”

During the course of the day-long workshop, IP experts from leading government, industry and legal organizations presented keynotes and participated in panel discussions to discuss issues such as - Effective Utilization of IP Tools in the ICTE industry in India; Software and Hardware patenting and new IPR guidelines; Copyright issues and challenges in the ICTE industry; Government Schemes and Initiatives; Technology Licensing in a Strategic Partnership; Patent Information System; Importance of IP Audit for MSMEs; Best Practices in Technology Transfer and Litigation Strategies, especially in relation to MSMEs; Consulting the right partner for IP commercialization, and so on.

At the ending note Shirpurwala said, “We are keenly aware that the India IT, Telecommunications and Electronics hardware industry is on the verge of a new growth opportunity through Government-led programs such as ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ and Preferential Market Access norms. This is a great opportunity for SMEs to understand, innovate and manufacture cutting edge products for fast emerging business scenarios that straddle the twin domains of SMAC and IoE/IoT. We plan to be at the forefront of such initiatives, to enable healthy, IP-led growth and development of the India ICTE sector.”