Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Signing Of Memorandum of Understanding between USPTO and India's DIPP Will Help in Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Reduction of Bio-piracy

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding comprehensive bilateral cooperation on intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement.  In addition to the signing of the MOU, India granted access to U.S. patent examiners of its new traditional knowledge search tool.  The new search tool is a digital database containing 200,000 traditional medicine formulations on Ayurveda, Unani, and Siddha, and thousands of years of India's accumulated traditional knowledge. 

The MOU was signed in an effort to create a cooperative relationship between the USPTO and India's Intellectual Property Organisation.  In order to facilitate this cooperative effort, a number of initiatives have been proposed including programs that provide exposure to patent examination practices, exchange of information on patent databases and patent manuals, IPR awareness programs, exchange of information on traditional knowledge and genetic resources, exchanges of best practices, and other matters. Hope the two offices DIPP and USPTO will immediately begin planning the implementation of these cooperative projects under the MOU.

The India's new traditional knowledge search tool is an English translation of the 30 million pages. The database provides a vast amount of knowledge that was once unsearchable.  The newly acquired access to the database will help address the issue of misappropriation of traditional knowledge through the mistaken issuance of patents, a growing concern in the global economy. It is expected that this data base will definitely reduce the bio-piracy up to a considerable extent and help in protection of traditional knowledge.

Source:    www.patentdoc.org, by Sarah Fendrick 


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FICPI India a 3 Day Symposium on Patent Will Start Today at IIT Campus New Delhi

FICPI (Federation International des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle) is a non-political, world-wide organisation of intellectual property attorneys in private practice.

TODAY, Tomorrow and Day after tomorrow, CII & FICPI is organizing a symposium on Patent. Today, 9th December, 1st day of the Symposium will be a dedicated session from 3 PM tp 5 PM for the Students of Technology & Law. The Key Motivation for the students will be topic such as: "Patent Profession as a Lucrative Career Opportunity for Science & Law Graduates and Post Graduates".

FICPI members from India and abroad will deliver a series of lectures and discuss with the students about the advantages and disadvantages of choosing the patent attorney profession as a career.

Imminent Speakers and Panelists include, Danny Huntington, Stephen Krouzecky, Ravi Srinivasan, Chetan Chadha, Eric Le Forestier etc.

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Dr.Tabrez Ahmad,
Associate Professor of Law,
KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India,
Website: www.site.technolexindia.com
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IPR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON 29th and 30th January, 2010, at Hotel The LaLit Ashok, Bangalore

ITAG is organizing its second international IPR conference in collaboration with M/s Sughrue Mion PLLC, USA, at Bangalore on IP Leveraging in Software, Electronics and Green Technology. The conference shall deal with specific technology in above industries, World leaders and the patenting solutions.

ITAG is a subsidiary of TCI Finance Ltd. ITAG has been promoted by the GATI group, one of the leaders in logistic solutions provider, with its headquarter at Hyderabad, India.

ITAG Business Solutions Ltd. is a Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) in the domain of all IP services, being Patent, Trademark, Design, Copy Rights, Trade Secrets and IP management services. ITAG is a total solution provider to all IP problems for inventions and identification to filing, prosecution, enforcement, litigation support and commercialization. ITAG implies Innovation Technology Advancement Gateway. It helps in drafting of licensing agreement, technology transfer and meet the gap between Invention and Investment. It brings together Research Institutions and the Industry.

For details, please visit   http://www.iprconference.com/index.html

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Dr.Tabrez Ahmad,
Associate Professor of Law,
KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India,
Website: www.site.technolexindia.com
Blog: http://tabrezahmad.technolexindia.com
Profile: http://www.google.com/profiles/tabrezahmad7.
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