Session on Strategic IP and Innovation Management held

IPR cell of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana in association with Punjab State Chapter of PHD chamber and MSME organized a virtual session on Strategic IP and Innovation Management today. The session was graced by the presence of Er. Simmerpreet Singh Vice president, PHD chamber Punjab, Ms. Rimneet Kaur & Mr. Sumeet from PHD Chamber. Giving his welcome address, Er. Simmerpreet Singh said that PHD chamber was going to secure the IP rights of MSME in Punjab region. All facilities for filing the IPR are being arranged for MSME and other institutions at IPR facilitation centres located at Amritsar and Patiala. Dr. Arvind Dhingra, Executive Director, Science and Technology Entrepreneurs’ Park, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana said that IP and IPRs were essential to the budding entrepreneurs in order to protect their innovations and ideas. Dr. Sehijpal Singh in his address said that as an institution, GNDEC is making strides in IPR. He cited the establishment of IPR cell. He also apprised that college is giving full financial support to any student or faculty who wishes to go for acquiring IPR.

In the first technical session, Adv Geeta Gulati, Patent & Trademark attorney gave an overview of various IPs viz. Trademark, copyright, patents, industrial design etc. She cited various examples and also outlined the procedure for filing IP for these. She cited the time periods for which the IPRs were valid after their grant. Citing interesting examples of industrial design wherein companies had  to fight to secure these designs (Whirpool, Britannia vs Oreo). She also brought out that vide a recent judgement from court voilation of Ips including industrial designs was recognized as a criminal offence.

In the second session Dr. Shweta Sen, Integrum, Mohali talked about innovation process. She advised the linking of IP to business strategy. She brought out the necessity of verification of access vulnerability. She also explained about the territorial juShe gave examples of industries like GE, Proctor and Gamble who have been continuously innovating to stay ahead in business. She also gave a number of Indian innovators who are promising start ups now.

Over 50 students and faculty members attended the session. The students queries were well answered by the experts. Pf. Simranjeet Kaur, Convener, IPR cell, GNDEC proposed the formal vote of thanks. She highlighted the various takeways from the session. PHD chamber and GNDEC would work towards strengthening the cooperation in IPR sector.