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Protect intellectual property rights for all-round development: Chief Secretary

BHOPAL: Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa has stressed the need for efforts to protect intellectual property rights. Innovations and new researches need to be used in all-round development beneficial for all sections of society.

The Chief Secretary was inaugurating a conference on intellectual property rights held by Union Ministry for Industries and Commerce’s Department of Industrial Policy with the cooperation of PHD Chambers of Commerce and Industries at Hotel Palash Residency here today. Small entrepreneurs and government officers participated in the workshop.

The Chief Secretary said that intellectual property rights (IPR) come to the fore in various forms. There are a number of methods to protect property pertaining to science, literature, displaying arts, industrial innovations, scientific discoveries etc. These include patent, copyright, trademark, geographical identification, traditional knowledge etc.

The Chief Secretary said that common people should be apprised that a patent information centre exists in MAPCOST in Madhya Pradesh and there are a number of legal provisions to protect intellectual property in the country. Such seminars should be held on large scale for this. The Chief Secretary said that correct information should also be given to common people for patenting various products so that misgivings and misconceptions about it can be removed.

Anthony de Sa said that it should also be made clear that production and sale of a product is not banned after it is patented. The Chief Secretary said that constant efforts should be made to increase awareness regarding this so that state’s youths can become excellent entrepreneurs. IPR arrangements will be fully supported by the government.

Director General of MAPCOST Pramod Verma said that Patent Act is quite old. Seminars are very necessary to apprise government servants, industrialists and academics about its new provisions.

Chamber of Commerce and Industries’ Regional Director IG Dwivedi said that his institution is working towards publicity of intellectual property rights. Senior Joint Controller Patent and Design, Intellectual Property Office KS Kardam and Commission Horticulture MS Dhakad were also present on the occasion.