CENTRE FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS (C-IPR)
Intellectual Property (IP) is a creation of mind and it confers right to the creator by the law towards the exclusive use of his creation. Though this right is granted for a certain period, the exclusive nature of it makes it significant. In India IP law has undergone a significant change due to TRIPS, which has a direct impact on legal regime pertains to patents, copyrights, designs, trademarks, geographical indications etc. The existing IP laws were amended from time to time to be on par with changes internationally. In recent years Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) emerged as the most important policy instrument. With its growing presence, however, it has also been subjected to intense criticism. Moreover, the structure of the institution itself has undergone periodic changes with incorporations of newer subject matters into its ambit. It is the endeavour of the C-IPR to become the beacon in the field of Intellectual Property Rights by encouraging synthesis of knowledge and best practices cutting across academia, practitioners and research fraternity.
Rationale for Establishment of C-IPR
Intellectual Property Rights and their related laws is still a developing field in the country, but its reach and importance simply cannot be ignored. Intellectual property now touches several types of industries and businesses, ranging from pharmaceutical industry to start-up and even small-time innovators. For promoting of research, extension and training in the field of intellectual property rights DSNLU intends to establish Centre for Intellectual Property Rights in its campus. This Centre will incentivize innovative and cutting-edge academic research in the field of IP Laws, and conducting various training and extension activities for creating more awareness in the field of IPR.
Objectives of the C-IPR
- To serve as a ‘think tank’ to provide policy inputs in IPR at national, regional and international level.
- To work on inter-disciplinary on IP involving multi stake holders.
- To disseminate information on social, ethical, legal and economic aspects of IPR.
- To engage in capacity building and providing inputs on IPR to policy makers including judiciary.
- To support/assist Government of India in international negotiations before WTO and UN, WIPO.
Vision: To create a platform for creation, protection, analysis, valuation, licensing, education, policy formulation in the field of IPR.
Mission: To provide effective research and policy inputs in the field of IPR.
- To undertake consultancy from various organizations.
- To facilitate filing of patent application for inventions of teachers and researchers of all the Universities in Andhra Pradesh and extends support to scientists, industrialists .and other technical experts from outside in obtaining different forms of IP protection.
- To undertake various research projects from Government, Industries and NGOS.
- To publish books, research papers, working papers and monographs.
- To organize various seminars, conferences and workshops on emerging issues on Intellectual Property Law.
- To conduct training programmes for judges, professionals, scientists, students of other Universities in India on Intellectual Property Law.
- To create knowledge resources in IPR.
- To conduct extensive research on contemporary areas on IPR.
- To conduct different types of academic programmes including full time Ph. D programmes, LL.M programmes, certificate, PG diploma courses on IPR related issues.
Verticals of C-IPR
(i)Training Centre on IP
- It will act as the point of reference for knowledge building on IP protection and enforcement.
- It raises awareness on IP among law enforcement officers about the economic impact of IP, including its violations, in order to convince them to consider it as a priority area in their strategic planning.
- Provides Government officers (and their trainers) with a unique, user-friendly, one-stop platform.
- Provides learning material relating to IPR enforcement.
(ii) IPR Cell
- To file patents
- Preparation of Technology Transfer Agreements
- Preparation of agreements for research collaboration
- Opinion to the Universities on IPR issues
(iii) IPR Journal:
It is a peer review journal will publish articles on contemporary areas of IPR.
(iv) IP Clinic
Intellectual Property Clinic is a legal clinic that counsels startup and ongoing businesses on securing, maintaining, protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights, including rights in patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights. The IP Clinic will gives an opportunity to put legal theory to practice and allow students to gain first-hand experience and become more adept in legal research on real-life issues; client counseling; administrative, transactional and litigation procedures; case management; and formulating strategies to advance the client’s goals and objectives. The student will act as real lawyers, for real clients, with real IP issues. In doing so, it will help students to learn client counseling and startups on the formation of a corporate entity and agreements needed to start a business; will perform patentability and patent infringement searches; will perform trademark searches; will counsel clients on the patentability of his or her invention, the strength of a trademark and the best trademarks to choose, and how to avoid infringing upon the rights of others; and will draft patent and trademark applications for filing with the Indian Patent and Trademark Office.
The Intellectual Property Clinic (IP Clinic) provides free legal counseling and services on IP matters to individuals, start-ups and small business having limited financial resources. Examples of the services provided by the IP Clinic are general IP counseling; patent searches and patentability advice; trademark searches and advice on choosing a strong trademark; preparing and filing patent, trademark and copyright applications; counseling on patent and trademark infringement issues; and IP-related agreements and licensing. These services are provided by students of DSNLU under the supervision of the coordinator of the C-IPR. The Clinic does not charge for its services, however, Clients are responsible for any and all fees owed to the Indian Patent & Trademark Office or Copyright Office for the filing of any patent, trademark or copyright applications and any prosecution process, as well as drafting fees (at cost) that may be necessary in filing certain patent applications.