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Intellectual Property Festival Organized by 3 Chennai-based CSIR Laboratories

CSIR-CLRI, CSIR-SERC, and CMC Collaborate to Promote Intellectual Property Awareness

Chennai, 17 July (City Times): In line with the ongoing Rashtriya Boudhik Sampada Mahotsav-IP (Intellectual Property) awareness campaign, which is a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, three Chennai-based CSIR Laboratories have joined hands to organize the Intellectual Property Festival from July 17 to 20, 2023. The festival aims to create awareness about the significance of intellectual property rights and foster a culture of innovation and self-reliance.

The inaugural ceremony of the IP Festival took place at CSIR-CLRI on July 17, 2023, with the presence of Habib Hussain, Chairman of the Research Council at CSIR-CLRI and CEO of AVT Leather & Allied Products Pvt Ltd, Chennai. Shri Hussain emphasized the importance of intellectual property sensitization for achieving global leadership through self-reliance. Dr. KJ Sreeram, Director of CSIR-CLRI, welcomed the attendees and provided a historical overview of CSIR’s continuous efforts in raising awareness about intellectual property rights.

During the ceremony, S Thangapandian, Joint Controller of Patents & Designs at the Chennai Patent Office, highlighted the significant role played by the Indian patent office in sensitizing millions of citizens about the importance of intellectual property. Guests of honor, K Somaraju from L&T Ltd. and C Anbumalar from PA Footwear Pvt Ltd., also shared their insights. Dr. K Anandavalli, Director of CSIR-SERC & CMC, delivered the vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to all participants.

Following the inaugural session, a technical session on intellectual property rights (IPR) took place. Dr. Subhendu Chakrabarti, Chief Scientist & IP Coordinator at CSIR-CLRI, introduced the session and welcomed the speaker, S Thangapandian, who provided a comprehensive overview of IPR. The interactive discussion covered various aspects of IPR in a simple and accessible language, emphasizing the proactive role of the Indian patent office in supporting startups and expediting patent grants. The talk witnessed the active participation of approximately 250 attendees, including students, researchers, and industry professionals. R D Sathish Kumar, Principal Technical Officer at CSIR-SERC, delivered the formal vote of thanks. The Intellectual Property Festival promises to be a significant platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and fostering a culture of innovation, ultimately contributing to India’s progress in the field of intellectual property rights and research.

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