INTA Celebrates World IP Day in India

Published: May 15, 2018

On April 26, INTA attended the India Intellectual Property Convention and 10th National Intellectual Property Awards, co-organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, and Intellectual Property Office of India. The award ceremony is held each year on World IP Day (WIPD) to recognize and reward the organizations and people who have contributed to harnessing the country’s intellectual capital and who have helped to create an ecosystem that boosts creativity and innovation.

INTA congratulates its corporate member, Wipro Limited, India, which won the award under the category “Top Public Limited Company/Private Limited Company for Patents and Commercialization (Indian) and WIPO Enterprises Trophy.” Wipro Limited is a leading global information technology, consulting, and business process services company. As a company, Wipro consciously nurtures innovation and an intellectual property (IP) culture and has a rich IP portfolio.

On the same day, INTA also attended the WIPD celebrations in Chennai, hosted by Anand and Anand, which explored unique topics such as the history of IP in India, the evolution of India’s unique IP culture, and the power of respect and emotions vested in IP. The program showcased acclaimed speakers, including: Historian Venkatakrishnan Sriram; Academy Award nominee Bombay Jayashri; and ex-Chairman of the Intellectual Property Appeal Board, The Honorable Justice Prabha Sridevan. The audience enjoyed listening to anecdotes on historic pre-independence landmark IP cases fought before the Madras High Court in the 1930s through 1940s and shared in an artist’s perspective on IP and creativity.

On April 27, INTA supported a conference organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) in association with the government of India, to celebrate WIPD. The conference was titled “Promoting Innovation, Creativity & IP Generation Among Women Entrepreneurs.” The event included senior policy makers, administrators, and IP experts as speakers-many of them national and global women leaders from industry, academia, and the legal realm-who deliberated on subjects that included: “Women Empowerment Through IPR“; “Women Innovators Impacting Developments”; “Supporting Ecosystem Required for Women Creators”; and “Strategy for Next Stage of IP Growth.”

The focus of the FICCI conference was in keeping with the World Intellectual Property Organization’s WIPD theme for 2018-“Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity”-and was intended to be a tribute to the brilliance, ingenuity, and courage of the women who are making a difference in people’s lives while shaping the future. The objective was also to generate discussion on India’s industrial landscape in the light of various IP-related developments in the country, and to encourage stakeholder exchanges on how innovation is increasingly driving businesses worldwide and the relevance of innovation to India’s growth story.

Suresh Prabhu, India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, in a video message, said that the Indian government is addressing IP from every angle-legislative, administrative, enforcement, and prosecution-and will continue to take an aggressive approach to improving the country’s IP landscape.

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