WIPO and DIPP sign agreement to set up innovation centres in India
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To set up Technology and Innovation Support Centres (TISC), the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) have entered into an agreement.
For entrepreneurs and innovators in developing nations like India, these TISCs facilitate access to locally based technology knowledge banks and other ancillary services, which help them create, manage and protect their intellectual property rights (IPR).
Some of the services offered by TISCs include database search training, access to a repository of patent/non-patent resources and IP-related publications, retrieval of technology information, and provision of basic information on laws, management, and technology commercialisation.
Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) is the focal point for the formation of a TISC national network. CIPAM will be responsible for identifying potential host institutions and initiating them into the TISC project. Playing the role of an intermediary between TISC host institutions and WIPO, CIPAM will also control and coordinate the activities of India’s TISC network.
Association with WIPO, an internationally recognised forum for IP services, information and cooperation, will strengthen India’s commitment to intellectual property. This will also go a long way in helping new age innovators in India leverage existing technology and patent their own inventions using international standards. The wealth of technology information which will be made available for quick search and retrieval via the contract, will boost the research and development efforts of enthused inventors in India.
The framework of cooperation that has come into existence must be diligently followed up by establishment of an active network of TISCs strategically placed in locations across the country.