A workshop on ‘Intellectual Property Rights: Issues and Challenges’, sponsored by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, was held at Christian College in Chengannur on Wednesday.
The workshop was jointly organised by the Patent Information Centre, KSCSTE, and Christian College.
Kodikunnil Suresh, MP, inaugurated the workshop.
Mr. Suresh said the common man had to be properly educated on the importance of intellectual property rights and the means of making it a source of his livelihood.
Jippu Jacob, former Dean of the Kerala Agricultural University and inventor of the coconut husking tool, presented a case study of the patent taken by him on this tool.
He said when he took a patent for the coconut husking tool in 1995, the manufacturing cost was Rs. 30 and there were 50 lakh households in Kerala that depended on coconut husking. Today the tool was made in local workshops and sold for over Rs. 150. Dr Jacob said he did not pursue the legal aspects of patent infringement and was happy that his tool served the common man.
Ajith.M, Deputy Controller of Patents and Designs, Patent Office, Chennai, explained the patenting system and patent filing procedures .
Arun Alfred, scientist at Patent Information Centre attached to the KSCSTE, explained various schemes of the State government aimed at promoting a culture of patenting and proving intellectual property rights.
Achamma Alex, college Principal, presided over the inaugural function and R. Jayakrishnan, coordinated the programme.
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