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PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the support of the Office of the Development Commissioner MSME, Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India organized Two-Day National Level Intellectual Property (IP) Rights Programme from 30th Novemberto st Dec 2023 at Regale Park, Jammu (J&K).

Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of UT of J&K in his special address stressed on the fact that J&K has a huge potential in innovation and entrepreneurship that needs to be explored by budding entrepreneurs and researchers.Everyone needs to take these intangible rights seriously for the overall benefit of our economy and get bussiness opportunities by using our IP rights. He mentioned that IPR plays a pivotal role in fostering innovation, creativity, and economic growth. It is the bedrock upon which our entrepreneurs, artists, and inventors build their dreams, secure in the knowledge that their ideas and creations are protected and rewarded. He emphasized that Geographical Indication (GI) will have the potential to deliver wider benefits to rural areas of J&K by strengthening historical and cultural links and will help establish local brands in global markets through effective branding and marketing strategies. He also mentioned that in line with the national standards, Jammu & Kashmir has developed frameworks to enhance the quality of research along with promotion of engagements with relevant stakeholders. A robust Research and Innovation (R&I) governance framework facilitates in stimulating and coordinating for R&D activities across the sectors. Additionally, the Government of Jammu & Kashmir has collaborated with various stakeholders including academicians to develop a robust R&D framework for intellectual property rights and also legal framework for its protection. This ensures that the rights of creators are not only acknowledged but also defended against infringement.

Shri Vikramjit Singh, IPS, Commissioner/ Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Govt. of J&K in his address congratulated PHDCCI for organizing such awareness programmes for the growth and development of industry in J&K. He also emphasized that development of China as a superpower is due to their robust IP system as large number of patents are being registered by Chinese companies. He further highlighted that Govt. of J&K is focused on the overall development of MSMEs and strategic plans are being made in this direction. He also highlighted that J&K Govt. is working with Govt. of India for raising and accelerating MSME’s performance by organizing various workshops and programmes and by improving the Centre and State linkages and partnership.

Mr Rahul Sahai, Chairman, Jammu Region, PHDCCI in his welcome highlighted the importance of organizing this programme in the State of J&K. He further deliberated that Intellectual property rights (IPR) are important for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Start-ups as MSMEs and benefit significantly from protecting their intellectual property and helps in enhancing their competitiveness, secure market position, attract investment, and increase the value of their business. He mentioned that Intellectual property (IP) contributes enormously to our national and state economies. Rapid technology, globalization and fierce competition have led to the regime of protection of the innovations from violations by IPR laws such as patents, trademarks, service marks, industrial design registration, copy rights and trade secrets. But still there is infringement of Intellectual Property Rights for which the Government is taking measures to prevent them. He also mentioned about the activities of PHDCCI IPFC Centre and urged the MSMEs to come forward with their queries and get it resolved.

Mr D P Goel, Co-Chair, MSME Committee, PHDCCI in his concluding address and vote of thanks mentioned that the State of J&K has lot of innovations and MSMEs and Start-ups here have lot of creative ideas which can be protected and registered and also some potential products can be tapped and registered under Geographical Indications. He mentioned that the PHDCCI IPFC Centre at Jammu under the support of the Office of the Development Commissioner (MSME), Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India will help these stakeholders to facilitate them in filing of IPRs and help in hand-holding and assisting them wherever required in filing their IP rights and providing the necessary reimbursement as per the guideline of the Govt. scheme.
Mr Gaurav Gogia, Principal Associate, United and United in his theme address highlighted that the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights is very important. He discussed the merits and challenges of research and development in IPR. He further added that challenges are actually good for creative thinking and leading to innovative solutions. He discussed briefly on the importance of IP protection mentioning what to be patented and what not to be patented. He also highlighted that IP sharing is tricky which needs to be kept in mind. He also mentioned that the the industry, academia, Government and enforcement agencies should collaborate to build a holistic IP regime and making IP ecosystem more robust.

Ms Kanchan Zutshi, Director, PHDCCI highlighted the MSME Innovative Scheme which is an amalgamation of the Incubation, Design and IPR Schemes of the Ministry of MSME. She further added that the MSME Innovative is a new concept for MSMEs with a combination of innovation in incubation, design intervention and by protecting IPR in a single mode approach to create awareness amongst MSMEs about India’s innovation and motivate them to become MSME Champions. This will act as a hub for innovation activities facilitating and guiding development of ideas into viable business proposition that can benefit society directly and can be marketed successfully. She also requested all the participating MSMEs and other stakeholders to come forward with their queries and get it resolved through PHDCCI IPFC Centre at Jammu and get any assistance required for their capacity building, growth and development

The inaugural session was followed by technical sessions wherein experts deliberated on registering IP and its procedures, patent informatics, commercialization and tech transfer and also from the gamut of IP related topics which are essential for businesses to grow and scale-up.
The two-day programme will cover topics on enforcement of intellectual property rights, consequences of IP infringements in India. The programme will also have an IP Helpdesk for resolving queries related to IP matters by connecting the MSMEs, start- ups and other stakeholders with IP experts of PHDCCI IPFC Centre at J&K.