'MSMEs should fo­cus more on In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty reg­is­tra­tion'

FICCI Business Digest - - In the States -

MSME sec­tor should give more fo­cus to In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty reg­is­tra­tion to use in­no­va­tions for the good­will of in­dus­try, said P.M. Fran­cis, Di­rec­tor, In­dus­tries and Com­merce, Gov­ern­ment of Ker­ala while in­au­gu­rat­ing the In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Aware­ness Pro­gramme jointly or­gan­ised by FICCI Ker­ala State Coun­cil and In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Of­fice, Gov­ern­ment of India, in Kochi. “In­no­va­tions should reg­is­ter on­line first; it is the most im­por­tant thing. If some­one some­where in the globe knows about the in­no­va­tion, he may reg­is­ter it first and, as a re­sult the orig­i­nal in­ven­tor can lose the patent. We are all open to global mar­ket and it can be ma­nip­u­lated,” he cau­tioned. “Be­fore pub­lish­ing through me­dia, in­no­va­tors should en­sure that they reg­is­ter in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty in terms of law com­mented,” said M. Ajith, Deputy Con­troller, In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty of­fice, Chen­nai. He spoke on the con­cept, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and cre­ation of In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty. Pi­naki Ghosh, Se­nior Ad­viser, KPMG, spoke about the im­por­tance of In­no­va­tion and In­tel­lec­tual prop­erty for MSMEs. Adv. Vizzy Ge­orge, High Court of Ker­ala, ex­plained about reg­is­ter­ing in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty, its pro­ce­dure and en­force­ment. K. C John­son, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor, MSME De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute, Thris­sur, briefed about the fa­cil­i­ties and ben­e­fits avail­able for MSME unit's In­tel­lec­tual prop­erty reg­is­tra­tion. K.A. Joseph, Cen­tral Zone Vice Pres­i­dent, KSSIA and Savio Mathew, Head, FICCI Ker­ala State Coun­cil, also shared their per­spec­tives.

P.M. Fran­cis, Di­rec­tor, In­dus­tries and Com­merce, Gov­ern­ment of Ker­ala, de­liv­er­ing his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress. Also seen are: Pi­naki Ghosh, Se­nior Ad­viser, KPMG; M. Ajith, Deputy Con­troller, In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty of­fice, Chen­nai; Savio Mathew, Head - FICCI Ker­ala State Coun­cil; K.A. Joseph, Cen­tral Zone Vice Pres­i­dent, KSSIA and Adv. Vizzy Ge­orge, High Court of Ker­ala.

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