Intellectual Property Current Affairs - 2019

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World Intellectual Property Day observed on 26th April 2019

The World Intellectual Property Day was observed globally on 26 April 2019 to spread awareness about important role played by intellectual property rights (IPRs) such as Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Copyrights in encouraging innovation and creativity. To celebrate this day, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) had hosted different events and activities in collaboration with government agencies, NGOs, community groups and individuals.

Theme of WIPD 2019: “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports”. It seeks to explore how innovation, creativity and IP rights would support development of sport and its enjoyment.

Importance of IPR in Sports: In recent times, sports industries employing millions of people have become multi-billion dollars business. These sports businesses use patents and designs for development of new sports technologies, materials, training, and equipment. Therefore, it is important to secure business relationships built on IP rights help to further boost economic value of sports.

Background

In October 1999, WIPO’s General Assembly had approved idea of declaring a particular day as World Intellectual Property Day. The date April 26 was chosen as on this date in 1970, Convention Establishing WIPO, first entered into force. Later, in 2000 WIPO finally designated 26 April as annual World Intellectual Property Day to address perceived gap between Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) as business/legal concept and its relevance to people’s lives.

Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti launched to boost IPR culture in indigenous defence industry

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’ in New Delhi to boost Intellectual Property Right (IPR) culture in indigenous defence industry.

Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti

It was instituted by Department of Defence Production as part of the ongoing initiatives to enhance self-reliance in defence. It aimed to provide a boost to IPR culture in indigenous defence industry. The main objective of this programme was to inculcate IP culture in Indian defence manufacturing ecosystem. Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) was entrusted with responsibility of coordinating and implementing the programme. During the event, salient inventions and innovations achieved by DRDO, Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factories (OFs) that have resulted in successful filing of IPR applications were showcased.

Background

IPR has emerged as key ingredient of an ecosystem which stimulates innovation and ingenuity. India has always been knowledge hub since ancient times, but due to lack of awareness on modern legal framework for protection of IP rights, nation’s knowledge and creativity have often not been utilised to its full potential. Spreading awareness about IPR will help in promoting culture of innovation and creation of Intellectual Property. Defence Ministry has established IP Facilitation Cell in April 2018 to achieve ambitious targets of training 10,000 personnel of OFB and DPSUs on IPR and facilitate filing of at least 1,000 new IPR applications.