Sunday, December 26, 2010

Country’s First Intellectual Property Owners’ Forum

Director General of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Mr. Samir K. Brahmachari, launched the country’s first “Indian Intellectual Property Owners’ Forum” (IIPOF) in the guest presence of Mr. P. H. Kurian, Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM) on 23rd Dec, 2010. The said forum is set up by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and launched at the first annual convention of Indian IP owners. The forum is set with aim to structure and identify the issues faced by IP owners in the country and prepare action plans and delivery mechanisms. This is first-of-its-kind initiative to help more and more people by powerful advocacy forums. The concept of setting up IP Owners forums/associations exists in other countries also like the “IPO Association” in US. IP Owners’ Associations have been proved to be very successful in countries like US, Korea and Japan, creating IP awareness, innovations and strong enforcement regime. With the introduction of IIPOF, we hope for a similar fruitful effect on innovations, IP creation and development of strong IP regime in India too.

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