Kapurthala, April 1, 2013: The Department of Research, Innovation & Consultancy (RIC) of Punjab Technical University organised a one-day workshop on `Patenting in Engineering’ at its campus on Sunday.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. A.P. Singh, Dean, RIC, PTU.
Vandana Naithana, the coordinator of IDP program welcome the experts and participants.
The workshop was organised for the faculties of PTU affiliated colleges to know the various aspects of Patenting and to train them how to file patents. It was attended by 40 participants from different PTU affiliated colleges.
Dr. A.P. Singh in his inaugural address, informed the participants that as per World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Chinese are a way ahead of US, Europe, Japan and Russian scientists in filling patents annually, whereas India stood at seventh position. In India, most of the researchers are not aware of their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and thus lacks knowledge of filling patents. Therefore it is of utmost importance that researchers working in colleges, research institutes and universities must made aware of IPR.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Manish Rachchh, Principal of S.J. Thakkar college of Pharmacy, Rajkot and a registered patent agent, gave an overview of IPR and said that IPR involves Patent, Copyright, Trademark, Design, Trade Secret, Geographical Indication, Semiconductor circuit and sui-generic system to protect different types of innovations. He told that before filing a patent, a well executed, comprehensive patent search would help in preventing a road block to inventor’s idea or invention thus saving an inventor or a company, the risk of futile investment in an R & D activity, a product, a technology or a patent application.
Another expert Dr. Manish Gupta from Department of Production and Industrial Engineering, JNV University, Jodhpur told that since last decade the number of patents got filed and granted, has increased exponentially and most of the patents have been granted in engineering disciplines. He said, patentability is usually defined in context of the body of law in the concerned jurisdiction. For an invention to be patentable in a jurisdiction, it should meet the relevant legal conditions, broadly three essential conditions are to be met and these are novelty, non-obvious and Industrial utility. Citing various examples from different countries, Dr. Gupta explained various aspects of patenting and patent laws and explained how to generate revenues from patenting to the participants.
At the last Vivek Talwar, moved a vote of thanks to the experts and participants for their participation in the workshop.