Theme of the Workshop

IPR plays an important role in the Economic Growth and in today’s modern world, Information Technology (IT), Communication and Electronics are some of the most innovative, dynamic and highly advanced segments that drive economic growth.

IPR thus plays an important role is value creation in these technologically advanced segments thereby fostering innovation. Today there is a dire need for the technology businesses, start-ups, and academic institutions to understand and become aware of the key issues & recent developments in IPR related to technology segments.

Thus it was decided to conduct a two-day workshop with a focus on IPR issues in Information Technology, Communication and Electronics where experts from the world of IPR shared their expertise in these areas with the participants.

Introduction

MeitY sponsored two-day IPR workshop on “Understanding the Importance of IPR with a focus on IPR Issues in Information Technology, Communication and

Electronics Segments” was jointly organized by Office of Patent Facilitation, Licensing and Consultancy (OPFLC), Chitkara University Research & Innovation Network (CURIN) and IPR Cell Chitkara University, H.P. set-up by SCSTE, H.P. The workshop was organized on September 15-16, 2017 at Chitkara University, H.P. campus and was attended by over 100 participants including students, research scholars and faculty from many different engineering institutions as well as professionals from industry and start-ups.

 

Participants Posing for the Group Photo

                                                                                       Participants Posing for the Group Photo

Dr. A.K. Garg, Director, Innovation and IPR Division, MeitY, GOI was the Chief Guest of the Inauguration. Mr. Kunal Satyarthi, IFS, Joint Member Secretary, SCSTE, H.P. was the Chief Guest of the Valedictory ceremony. Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Pro-Chancellor, Chitkara University, H.P. was the Guest of Honor. Also present during the workshop were Dr. Varinder S Kanwar, Registrar, Chitkara University, H.P., Dr. Archana Mantri, Pro VC, CURIN,

Chitkara University and the heads of various engineering departments of Chitkara University. In addition to the keynote talks by the Chief Guests, the workshop featured 9 expert talks by 9 eminent leaders from the world of IPR including Patent Attorneys, Corporate Leaders, Scientists, and Entrepreneurs.

An online quiz on IPR awareness was also conducted during the workshop in which 83 participants took part. The quiz was conducted on a mobile App

PAMS (Patent Analysis Management System) developed by C-DAC, Pune. During the inauguration ceremony a newsletter featuring the compilation of IPR

activities and initiatives of Chitkara University, H.P. was also unveiled by The Chief Guest – Dr. A.K. Garg and other dignitaries.

Unveiling of IPR Newsletter

                                                                                              Unveiling of IPR Newsletter

 

Dr. A.K. Garg in his inaugural speech insisted upon the need for investing in Intellectual property, especially in the electronics manufacturing sector. He said that any good technology start-up should have a base of strong IP to sustain in the market. He made attendees aware many of the government schemes like RITES under which they could seek support from government to ensure that their intellectual property is suitably protected. He emphasized that India needs to ensure growth in electronics manufacturing sector as it very important for the economic growth of the country.

 

Keynote Address by Dr. A.K. Garg         Felicitation of Dr. A.K. Garg by (L to R)Dr. Varinder S. Kanwar, Dr. Madhu Chitkara and Dr. Archana Mantri

                  Keynote Address by Dr. A.K. Garg                                                                    Felicitation of Dr. A.K. Garg by (L to R) 

                                                                                                      Dr. Varinder S. Kanwar, Dr. Madhu Chitkara and Dr. Archana Mantri

 

Mr. Kunal Satyarthi in his keynote talk during the valedictory ceremony spoke about numerous initiatives being taken by the Government to promote the culture of innovation in the state of Himachal Pradesh. He talked about several opportunities for the academic institutions to become part of these initiatives. He spent some time in his keynote, talking in details about the Geographical Indications (GI) that is one of the key components of IPR. He mentioned to the audience that his own department has played a significant role in mentioned to the audience that his own department has played a significant role in registering several GIs in the state of Himachal Pradesh. He talked about the IPR cells in H.P. and congratulated Chitkara University for being one of the IPR cells and for successfully conducting various IPR activities through their IPR Cell.

 

Mr. Kunal Satyarthi delivering his keynote during valedictory          Felicitation of Mr. Kunal Satyarthi by (L to R)Dr. Varinder S. Kanwar, Dr. Madhu Chitkara and Dr. Archana Mantri

 

    Mr. Kunal Satyarthi delivering his keynote during valedictory               Felicitation of Mr. Kunal Satyarthi by (L to R)

                                                                                                   Dr. Varinder  S.Kanwar, Dr. Madhu Chitkara, and Dr. Archana Mantri                                                       

 

Nine Expert Lectures during the Workshop

The introductory session was delivered by Dr. Parikshit Bansal, Director, Corporate IP Consultants, Chandigarh. The idea of his the introductory talk was to tell the audience what IPR means and why it is important to protect IP. He told several stories, displayed various exhibits to prove his point that knowledge of IPR is very important & useful and it could drive serious commercial benefits for the inventor.

Dr. Parikshit Bansal           Mr. Nitin Nair

                     Dr. Parikshit Bansal                                                                                                   Mr. Nitin Nair

 

The subsequent two sessions were delivered by Mr. Nitin Nair, Senior Partner & Chief Technology Officer, Banana IP Counsels, Bangalore and Mr. Mayank Sood, Intellectual Property Attorneys, K&S Partners, Gurgaon. In their respective lectures, they talked about in details the patentability criteria – Novelty, Inventive Step and Industrial Applications. They discussed numerous live examples of patent applications being processed by them over so many years. They also talked about CRI guidelines and software patents in India. Through their talks during the workshop, they brought the detailed perspective of patent attorney while perusing the patent applications.

The final session of the day was delivered by Dr. Nidhi Sandal, Scientist E, DRDO who is also a Master Trainer for IPR for Meity. She was nominated by MeitY deliver a lecture during this workshop. She brought the complete inventors’ line of thinking into the workshop. She explains the fundamental reason for filing the patent for any inventor is that it allows the inventor to disclose her invention in public. She explained what is prior art and its importance in filing a patent. She made is the remark that Prior Art is never complete!

Mr. Mayank Sood              Dr. Nidhi Sandal

                  Mr. Mayank Sood                                                                                                                  Dr. Nidhi Sandal

 

The first speaker of Day 2 was Mr. Anil Kumar, Senior Consultant, Lex Orbis. He shared his over 40 years of industrial experience in electronics manufacturing, including 14 years as Head of IP in Philips. He gave numerous examples on patenting electronics inventions in India during his talk. This was followed by a talk by Mr. Anupam Trivedi, Patent Attorney, K & S Partners, Gurgaon. He talked in great details about National IPR Policy & its impact on electronics & IT industry. He also discussed various schemes for Start-up IPRs.

Mr. Anil Kumar             Mr. Anupam Trivedi

                        Mr. Anil Kumar                                                                                                                Mr. Anupam Trivedi

 

 The third speaker of the morning was Ms. Kompal Bansal, Patent Attorney, Corporate IP Consultants, Chandigarh. She interacts with lots of universities for their IPR Issues, so in her talk, she explained the importance of IPR for the academia. She also discussed various case studies and examples with the audience. In the afternoon we had an opportunity to listen to Ms. Rajni Bala, Assistant  Controller, Patents & Design, Indian Patent Office. She talked about in great detail the complete process that is involved after receiving a patent application in IPO to the grant or rejection of patent. She gave an overview of modus operandi of IPO which is important for any patent applicant to know.

Ms. Kompal Bansal          Ms. Rajni Bala

                     Ms. Kompal Bansal                                                                                                                   Ms. Rajni Bala

 

In order to give a flavor to the audience on how to innovate or in other words in order to motivate the audience to

think innovation, a session was included on Understanding the 3 I's: Idea, Innovation, Invention and how these 3 I’s can lead to

successful entrepreneurship. The session was delivered by Mr. S M Rounaque Mustafa, Founder & CEO, StartupActivator.com and Vice President,

IIM Lucknow Incubation Center. He gave several examples of product based successful ventures from India including Mitticool, Dosamatic etc.

Mr. S.M. Mustafa

                                                                                   Mr. S.M. Mustafa

 

Outcomes of the Workshop

With 11 eminent speakers and over 100 participants from various institutions and background, this workshop offered a perfect platform for knowledge sharing and networking among like-minded people.

Being a GOI sponsored workshop, various initiatives, activities and support available from GOI to safeguard IP in technology segments were discussed in great details and it was a big take away for the audience.

Among the speakers, four were Patent Attorneys. Each one of them discussed with examples (of ICTE patents) the patentability criteria and how inventors should disclose their inventions to their attorneys. As an outcome of this, now inventors and attorneys will have the much smoother interface to work with each other.

Detailed understanding of the working of IPO which is important from inventors’ point of view was developed. Inventors now know what all constitute a patent application and what all documents at various stages are required right from filing a patent application to the grant of patent application.

A lot of understanding was developed about CRI guidelines, National IPR policy, patenting software inventions in India, IPR scheme for start-ups etc.

More than 50% of the audience in the workshop were from academia. They came to know what the benefits of IPR to the academia are.

In a broader perspective, this workshop also motivated people to think Innovation and Invention.

 

  Participant Sharing Feedback                Q&A Session

                Participant Sharing Feedback                                                                                                Q&A Session