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Scheme for IPR Awareness-Creative India; Innovative India
Jul 27, 2017

[GS Paper III: (Issues relating to Intellectual Property Rights)]

On July 7, Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion launched a ‘Scheme for IPR Awareness – Creative India; Innovative India’. 

  • The Scheme aims at raising IPR Awareness amongst students, budding inventors and professionals to inspire them to create, innovate and protect their creations and inventions across India including Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 cities as well as rural areas in the next 3 years.
  • The Scheme aims to conduct over 4000 IPR awareness workshops/seminars in academic institutions (schools and colleges) and the industry.  
  • Workshops will cover all vital IP topics including international filing procedures, promotion of Geographical Indications and highlighting the ill effects of piracy and counterfeiting.
  • The Scheme would be implemented through partner organizations to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.

What are IPRs?

  • Intellectual Property Rights or IPRs are the rights given to persons over the creations of their minds. They usually give the creator an exclusive right over the use of his/her intellectual property like patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright for a certain period of time. IPRs are customarily divided into two main areas:

(i) Copyright and rights related to copyright
(ii) Industrial property

  • In India, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion is responsible for Intellectual Property Rights relating to Patents, Designs, Trade Marks and Geographical Indication of Goods and oversees the initiative relating to their promotion and protection. 
  • The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), one of the 17 specialized agencies of the United Nations created in 1967 seeks "to encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world". 

Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents

  • A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. The term ‘trademark’ is often used to refer to both trademarks and service marks. Unlike patents and copyrights, trademarks do not expire after a set term of years. Instead, a trademark can last forever, so long as the owner continues to use the mark in commerce to indicate the source of goods and services.
  • A patent is a limited duration property right relating to an invention, granted by Trademark Office in exchange for public disclosure of the invention. Patentable materials include machines, manufactured articles, industrial processes, and chemical compositions. The duration of patent protection is 20 years in case of India.
  • A copyright protect works of authorship that have been tangibly expressed in a physical form. Example - songs, books, movies, and works of art.

PT Facts 

  • A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. 
  • In India, GI registration is governed by the Geographical Indications of goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.


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