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Three Day International Congress- cum- Workshop on “ Intellectual Property Rights” begins at Amity University

According to a survey conducted by World Intellectual Property Organization and United Nations University in six Asian countries including India there is a direct co-relationship between the state of Intellectual Property Systems in a country and economic growth of that country. The time has come when the importance of Intellectual Property Regime cannot be overlooked. Keeping this in background, United States Patent and Trademark Office and Amity Institute of Microbial Technology (AIMT)started International Congress- cum- Workshop on “ Intellectual Property Rights” from October 5- 7, 09 at Amity University, Sector- 125, Noida.

Welcoming the august gathering during the inauguration, Prof. (Dr.) Ajit Varma- Director General, Amity Institute of Microbial Technology highlighted the importance of the theme of the workshop, which comprises of five academic sessions and several interactive sessions. He expressed his hope that the workshop would enhance the knowledge of the participating academicians and young budding scientists about IPR and address many of their concerns related to the topic.

Terming the theme of the workshop as very relevant, the Chief Guest Mr. G P Upadhyaya- IAS, Secretary General, Federation of Indian Export Organization said that IPR regime came in India during 1999 when Copyright (Amendment) Act 1999 was introduced. Initially, the IPR Regime met with a lot of resistance but gradually it fostered economic growth. He dwell on the core concepts of IPR regime namely appellation, fair use, geographical indication, parallel exports, piracy, trademarks and copyrights. He also praised Amity University in promoting the quality education in India.

Referring to the survey conducted by World Intellectual Property Organization and United Nations University, Mr. Atul Chauhan- Chancellor, Amity University said that the strengthening of IP System is very important for the economic growth of a country The promotion of knowledge society and building Public –Private Partnership is very essential for building IP regime in India. Mr. Chauhan also announced that every year Amity University will be celebrating World IP Day on April 26 and educate the students about the importance of IPR.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Dominic Keating- First Secretary for IPR, US Embassy, New Delhi averred that 21st century belongs to those who can build knowledge thereby bringing forth the importance of Intellectual Property Rights in today’s era. “IPR addresses Industrial Property issues such as issues related to patents, designs and copyright issues which are related to literary works. The role of Intellectual Property Systems is very important, it improves the trade in a country therefore the impact of IP cannot be overlooked. The number of patent applications in India has increased so does the IP Protection as a result of which FDI in India has also gone up”, shared Mr. Keating. He further commended various initiatives taken by Government in the area of IPR.

Also present during the inauguration were H. E Ali M Birang- Iranian Embassy, New Delhi, Amb. Brian Bowlex- Republic of Malawi, Ms. Kavita Vijh- US Embassy, New Delhi, Mr. Marc Blanchard- Managing Director, Artemisinin and Farming International, Paris, Mr. Ram Prakash Yadav- IPR Desk Italian Trade Commission on Italian Embassy, New Delhi, Dr. Rita Khanna- AERAS Global TB Vaccine Foundation, USA, Mr. Arun Ninawe- Vice Chacellor, Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Maharashtra, Dr. A Lakshminath- Vice Chancellor, Chanakya National Law University, Patna, Dr. (Mrs.) Kamal Singh- Vice Chancellor, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Maharashtra, Dr. PB Sharma- Vice Chancellor, Technical University, Delhi and many other senior officials from Amity.

Various lectures that will unfold during the three day workshop include “ Patents and Industrial Design”, “ Trademarks and Geographical Indications”, “ Evolution and Assimilation of IPR- with special reference to India”, “ Copyrights in the Digital Age”, “ The Current IPR Regime- challenges of Developing World”, “ Enforcement of IP”, “ Scope for Patentab1e inventions in Nanotechnology”, “ Technology Transfer- Licensing Tool Box” etc.

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