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
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.