For last 5-years or so, India's northern state of Punjab is doing proactive work in the field of intellectual rights in field of innovations. And due to this commendable work, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Geneva, the United Nations agency for the promotion of intellectual property rights (IPR), has chosen the state’s capital Chandigarh to set up its first Technology Innovation and Support Centre (TISC) in India.

WIPO has centres in 42 countries so far, but India was not among them. This first-of-its kind centre will come up at the Patent Information Centre (PIC), Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), in Sector 26, Chandigarh.

WIPO’s TISC programme provides innovators in developing countries with access to locally based, high-quality technology information and related services, helping them to exploit their innovative potential and to create, protect and manage their IPRs.

Services offered by TISCs may include:

  • Access to online patent and non-patent (scientific and technical) resources and IP-related publications;

  • Assistance in searching and retrieving technology information;

  • Training in database search;

  • On-demand searches (novelty, state-of-the-art and infringement);

  • Monitoring technology and competitors;

  • Basic information on industrial property laws, management and strategy, and technology commercialization and marketing.

There were several other states, which had competed for TISC but Punjab bagged it because of its profound work in the field of intellectual rights as the state's PIC has set up 13 IPR cells in various universities of the state, besides starting 16 IPR clubs in engineering colleges and institutes. It has also introduced a helpdesk at Ludhiana.

Executive Director of Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Dr Jatinder Kaur Arora said that the central government did an onsite evaluation of their work and infrastructure before deciding to select Punjab for TISC.

Dr Arora says TISC will also target two industry clusters, one of sports in Jalandhar and the other of agriculture and food processing. “We hope to improve their efficiency with patents and innovations available in the public domain.”

TISC programme provides innovators in developing countries high quality technology information to help them exploit their innovative potential.

The agreement for the TISC was signed on Thursday in New Delhi by Dr Roshan Sunkaria, principal secretary, department of science, technology and environment, Punjab.

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has also signed an institutional agreement with PSCST to establish TISC in Chandigarh.

Besides this -- regarding IPR in India -- India's largest commercial bank State Bank of India (SBI) and IIT Kharagpur, one of India's premier technology institute have joined hands in a collaboration to develop a customized portal to launch 'Intellectual Property Development as a service' (IPDaas) for Intellectual Property Rights generation.

India's Effort To Improve Its Innovation Index

The central government has been trying to promote intellectual property rights ever since it rolled out its Task Force on Innovation. The task force team comprises the likes of Dr Naushad Forbes, co-chairman of Forbes Marshall and Dr Gopi Katragadda, innovation head for Tata Sons.

In early 2016, the Union cabinet approved the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy to encourage creativity and stimulate innovation in the country.

The effects of all thse efforts were evident India's rank on the Global Innovation Index (GII) as in GII-2016, India improved its innovation rank to reach 66th position from its previous rank of 81st out of 128 countries in 2015.

This year, India's GII rankings has bettered its position from 66th to 60th in 2017.

India however is way behind its neighbor China when it comes to innovation as China stands at 25 in GII's 2017 report.

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