CSIR-NIIST to Host National IPR Seminar
The National Institute of Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), a constituent laboratory of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), will host a national seminar on August 22 on intellectual property rights (IPRs) to commemorate the launch of a month-long DPI skills development training.
The course, which is due to start on August 16, aims to train professionals who could become IPR experts or patent agents. A CSIR-NIIST spokesperson said Saji Gopinath, Vice Chancellor of Kerala University of Digital Science, Innovation and Technology (Kerala Digital University), will inaugurate the seminar. Experts will speak on topics ranging from the fundamentals of intellectual property to patent laws and research.
RS Praveen Raj, Principal Scientist, CSIR-NIIST and Course Coordinator, will deliver the keynote address on “Patent Philosophy”. Other seminar speakers on related topics included V Moni, Senior Scientist, and Nishy P, Chief Scientist, CSIR-NIIST; Ajit Prabu, Chief Scientist, and Safikh S, Technical Officer, Kerala State Council for Science, Education and Technology; and Rakesh CR, patent consultant.
Praveen Raj, who manages intellectual property management and technology transfer at CSIR-NIIST, said Activity area that a career as an IP professional (IP attorneys, patent agents, patent examiners or IP management experts) is highly rewarding. The one-month course, titled “Intellectual Property Rights, Patent Writing and Practice”, is part of the skills development programs for scientific staff and students.
More and more Indians are filing patent applications, but IPRs have not gained enough popularity among science students in Kerala, Raj said. Global companies pay $5,000 (around ₹2 lakh) and above to prepare a patent document. “A qualified IP professional may charge a service fee of tens of thousands of rupees locally. The required technical skills require good scientific training and extensive training, in addition to knowledge of IPR laws,” he added.
August 11, 2022