In March 2016, INTA and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), (Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India) discussed exploring a collaborative project to educate children in India on intellectual property rights (IPRs). To give effect to this project, INTA put together a working group that, based on further discussions with DIPP and Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), submitted a proposal for cooperation with DIPP and CIPAM in order to offer its support towards the fulfillment of Objective 1 of the National IPR Policy, IPR Awareness: Outreach and Promotion. On November 4, 2016, DIPP and CIPAM accepted INTA’s proposal through an official memorandum. This is the first initiative of its kind for the Association.
These are some of the main features of the collaboration:
- The campaign will cover an introduction to IPR as well as the four main forms of IPR: patents, trademarks, copyright, and designs.
- The term of the proposal is financial year 2016–2017 onwards.
- The target audience is primary schools (Class I to Class VIII) in Tier 1, 2, and 3 cities in India.
- Campaign material will include PowerPoint presentations, comic books, posters, pamphlets, and interactive games.
India Intellectual Property Office’s Prominent Ranking in WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators 2016
Call to Action
DIPP and CIPAM have called for volunteers from INTA’s India membership to conduct IPR awareness drives in schools as part of this IPR awareness campaign. Encourage young associates in your organization to participate and make a difference. If you or your associates are interested in volunteering in this campaign, contact INTA’s India Consultant, Gauri Kumar at email@example.com.
According to World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report for 2015 that was released on November 23, 2016, India’s IP Office is ranked fifth worldwide in terms of the highest number of trademark filings. Trademark filing in India also reported the fourth highest growth rate globally, at 21.9 percent. As per the report, India has ranked among the top five offices in trademark filing activity for the first time, moving up from seventh position in 2014 to fifth in 2015.
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