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Workshop on ‘World Intellectual Property Rights Day’

To celebrate ‘World Intellectual Property Rights Day’ and spread awareness about the Intellectual Property Rights, the Centre for IPR- Advocacy, Research and Training (CIPRART), School of Law, NCU organized a workshop in collaboration with Institute of Patent Attorneys, India (IPAI) on 26 April 2016. The theme of the workshop was on legal aspects of Intellectual Property, its protection and remedies in case of infringement. Students from all the three Schools, viz. School of Engineering and Technology, School of Management and School of Law participated in the workshop.

The Chief Guest for the workshop was Dr Raman Mittal, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Delhi University. Starting his lecture by quoting Bentham, “'Property and Law are born together and die together. Before laws were made there was no property; take away law, and property ceases”, Dr Mittal familiarized the audience with the history of property law and the need for intellectual property law in the modern times. He also explained different laws for intellectual property like copyright, trademark, patents etc. which later touched upon the recent amendments made in 2012 in the Indian Copyright Act, 1957. Dr Mittal also talked about the judicial approach to IP disputes, the lacuna in our IP laws and also about the changing concept of parallel imports.

The workshop witnessed another lecture by Mr RK Nair, Director Institute of Patent Attorneys, India and Regd. Patent Attorney. Mr Nair spoke on Indian Patent laws covering concepts of patent, conditions for obtaining patent and its application procedure.  Touching upon the area of prior art search and the limitations for obtaining the patent, the lecture also benefitted the research students. 

At the culmination of the workshop the students of School of Law who had successfully drafted the opposition of DRDO’s Patent application and who had completed the certification course on Basic IPR by WIPO were felicitated by Dr Raman Mittal and Dr Pushpesh Pant, Dean SOL, NCU.