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World IP Day

April 26 of every year is celebrated as World Intellectual Property Day. According to WIPO, the day is celebrated to "raise awareness of the role of intellectual property in our daily lives, and to celebrate the contribution made by innovators and artists to the development of societies across the globe".

ITAG is also celebrating World IP Day. We are publishing the comments of eminent personalities of IPR on World IP Day.

  • Innovation - Linking the World

    "Relatively few decades ago, the world remained vast and largely unknown for most people. Travel was costly and long. Knowledge was paper-based and hard to share. Telephone service was, in many places, non-existent. Outside of large cities, access to foreign culture and the arts was limited....."

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    - Dr. Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

  • "Intellectual Property (IP) exists every where around us. The new pen in your hand, the music you hear, the film you recently viewed and the new perfume that you have dabbed on, its brand and even its aroma – all these constitute intellectual property. Many of us are aware of intellectual property - of copyright, patents, industrial designs and trademarks.  These are not mere business or legal perceptions, but are vital components of our lives.

     To make a lay man aware of how IP affects daily life and to celebrate creativity and the contribution of creators and innovators to the development of societies around the world, World IP Day was introduced by the World Intellectual Property Organisation in 2001. April 26 was chosen as the Convention establishing WIPO originally entered into force in 1970 on this date.

     Every year, a message or theme is connected with the event. The theme of World IP Day in this commemorative year is - Innovation - Linking the World. WIPO and its Member States celebrate this day with activities and events to increase public understanding of IP and to demonstrate how the IP system encourages music, arts, entertainments, and all the products and technological innovations that help us in our every day lives.

    The Director General, WIPO issues a message every year which is broadcast on international television channels, and posters and other promotional materials are dispatched to different IP offices and organizations all over the world. 

    On April 26 this year we are celebrating both the 10th anniversary of World Intellectual Property Day and the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention establishing WIPO.

    The aims of World IP Day are achieved to a great extent, with countries across the world publicizing and popularizing intellectual property protection laws and regulations and encouraging invention-innovation. This day also gives the business community an invitation for collaborations and partnerships with science and art institutions to display the connection between commerce and IP." - Dr. M. Sudha, ITAG Business Solutions Ltd.

  • Protection of IP has come a long way since the inauguration of World IP Day.  Even then, there arre still many areas of technology that still needs some form of IP protection which cannot fit into current IP legislation.  Let us hope the IP laws can keep up with the changes in technology otherwise, IP protection will lose its attractiveness and this will have an impact on innovation and growth. - Alban Kang, ATMD Bird & Bird LLP, Managing Partner.

  • "Now is the dawn of the Indian IP Century.  Already performing world class research and development, India is poised to capture and exploit its investments in R&D through cleverly involving the IP system.  I think it will not be too long before India will be taking a very prominent place in the IP League Table." - Richard Baddeley, Principal, Watermark

  • Intellectual property is the most valued asset owned by an individual or corporation, governments should respect and protect IPRs. For instance, the patent system is designed to promote innovation and, at the same time, offer a mechanism to ensure that fruits of such innovation are accessible to society ( through licensing and not counterfeiting activities).  In the context of public health, the challenge for policy makers is to find an optimal balance between the rights of patent owners, who provide technological innovations to improve health conditions, and the needs of the general public who often resort to the perceived cheaper (mostly counterfeits) drugs. The resolution of this conflict lies in the better understanding of the public health problems and the need for the governments to step in and protect IPRs. - Uche Nwokocha, Partner, Aluko & Oyebode

  • “The World IP Day is a day that shall remind consumers to be more proactive in IP awareness, governments to be more concerned with consumer protection and the effects of IP on global economies, legislators to accompany the international trade developments, service providers to be real partners with the governments and brand-owners in providing their services, brand-owners to be aware of the real value of their IP rights and not to abuse such right, and all of the above to get together to combat illicit trade.” - Bassel El Turk, Legal Consultant, Rouse & Co International, Dubai

  • " Ushering in the Product Patent Regime in India, effective January 1, 2005, heralds the dawn of a new era… an era that is expected to add speed to the wheel of progress of the nation. The new paradigm vindicates the importance of encouraging, protecting and rewarding innovation to meet the unmet needs of the population. At the same time this change instills new hope in our mind that India will now compete with the bests in the world, more innovatively and effectively, to curve out a significant share of the global economy..."
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    -Tapan Ray, Director General, Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India, Mumbai, India.

  • "While new ideas and innovations are coming up, there is a clear need for- research, industries, law-firms and government to come together to showcase how proper IP management could yield benefits for the individuals and the nation. The process of getting IPR and protecting it needs to be made aware and easier".
    - Dr. Pradeep V Desai, Principal Consultant, TCS Ltd.

  • "World IP Day ushers in  a Unique Comradeship amongst Global Community to Partner, Collaborate and to reach out to all sections of the society with an Inherent Message of growing Importance of IP in everyday life."
    - K Subodh Kumar, Senior Counsellor & Head APTDC, Confederation of Indian Industry

  • "As a child growing up in India, one of the first things I learned is a hymn to Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge, which says that:

    Wonderful is your gift of knowledge
    the more we share, the more it grows
    the more we hoard it, the more it diminishes

    As a grown-up living in a globalized world, I am constantly bombarded by the the term, “intellectual property.” Policy makers keep saying that India should create more IP. Countless seminars extol the virtues of IP even as patents are granted for “Method for swinging on a swing,” "Method for Concealing Partial Baldness." In the computer industry, patents are routinely granted for things that are obvious and have been known for years. Things have come to such a pass that even an industry veteran like Andy Grove was forced to say that,  “The true value of an invention is its usefulness to the public. Patents themselves have become products. They're instruments of investment traded on a separate market, often by speculators motivated by the highest financial return on their investment...." click to read full article.
    - Venkatesh Hariharan, Corporate Affairs Director (Asia-Pacific), Red Hat.

  • "Ashes from a volcano in a distant land, which most of us will never visit in our life time, can so deeply affect our day to day work that this establishes the high risk and the high opportunities presented by globalization and interconnectivity.  It is a myth that intellectual property is for the rich nations or even that India is not rich.  But the biggest myth is that a full-fledged absorption, assimilation and utilization of intellectual property at all levels will not benefit us.
    On the positive side, intellectual property is what will enable us to leap frog on a disproportionately higher pace than normal economic growth levels.
    Having said this, why have conflicting signals and why not go whole hog in adopting a completely different mindset towards intellectual property in India.  Let us explain to our masses how IP is their pathway to convert their creative talents to instant wealth so that resistance to IP reforms can be curtailed.”-Pravin Anand, Managing Partner, ANAND AND ANAND.

  • "As we know “Worlds IP Day” is celebrated on 26th day of April of every year to remind the people regarding Intellectual Property (IP), Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and the benefits/advantages associated with the IPRs..."
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    - R P Yadav, Sr. Advisor – IPR, Italian Trade Commission, Italian Embassy, New Delhi

  • Please Click to download the Message on IP Day from - Dr. Susil Kumar Mitra, Asst.Controller of Patents & Designs, The Patent Office, Kolkata

  • Effective and Internationally competitive Intellectual Property Right System for Economic and Social development of Nepal.
    - Begendra Raj Sharma Paudyal, Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Intellectual Property (IP) is quite a misunderstood concept in India.While people enjoy Reading the legal IP related cases they never focus on the merits of IP.It serves three Aspects at a time. 1) It makes innovations legitmate by proper screening process. 2) It rewards and motivates the researchers. 3) It opens platform for further research. All the above factors help in betterment of human beings.
    - Dr. R. K. P. Singh, Director (ALC) Bharat Forge Ltd

  • Two important aspects that need immediate attention in IP sphere are lack of protection of business methods in India  and secondly India is not a party to the Madrid Agreement due to which an Indian party needs to file separate applications in each country where it intends to have its trademark registered. PCT is a boon in field of patent protection and we only hope India adopts the Madrid Agreement in respect of trademarks.
    -Karnika Seth, Attorney at law. & Partner, Seth Associates, Advocates and Legal Consultants.

  • Click Here to read the message from Dr. K.V. Subramaniam, President & CEO, Reliance Life Sciences

  • My view is as follows:

    " a) We need to learn from australian innovation patent system which gives a faster easier and affordable track to msme and individuals having small incremental innovations. It is better than petty patent system since it covers processes also. It permits five claims, has life for eight years and is granted in three months and does not require examination. Though it does require novelty. 

    b) We should have a fast track for green innovations as USPTO has done in nov 2009. 

    c) We should have a fund to supporting filing of  patent protection for small innovators, local communities and traditional knowledge holders who have hitherto unrecorded knowledge claims. One should not treat as all TK as prior art, as I have argued in my talk at WIPO several years ago and at WIPO site also.

    d) We should have a consortium of IP lawyers to help students whose ideas are posted in summary form at 

    e) We should promote the concept of technology commons developed by Ms Riya Sinha Chokakula in her PhD thesis in progress,  to suggest that people to people copying of innovations for survival (the right to life taking precedence over right to knowledge) That is peer learning among economically poor people , but people to firm should not be allowed without due license.

    f) We should develop patent search  facilities for local communities to track bio piracy of their knowledge  by Indian companies as well as foreign companies. "
    - Prof. Anil K. Gupta, Professor at Indian Institute of Management and Co-ordinator -  SRISTI and Honey Bee Network, Executive Vice Chair, National Innovation Foundation.

  • "On this World IP Day 2010, India should give a face-lift to the entire IP structure. India is witnessing a transition in becoming a market economy and a complete overhaul of laws, policies, and market environment that complement the IP system is pertinent. IPR has become a key determinant of the economic relations between nations. India, like other, nations are in the process of reinforcing its IPR regime in tune with international standards and commitments Therefore, India should start by drafting a National IP Policy to strengthen competitiveness in market, to work in sync with the technological advancement of India and world, to set up the IP protection system in conformity with the stages of national development, to put in place the policy support system, to allocate IP management to various departments for technology, economy and trade, to foster public awareness of IP protection, and to guide enterprises, universities and research institutions so as to improve their capacity to utilize, manage and protect IP. Equitable and all-pervasive approach can ensure the success of IPR policy together with creating awareness and ensuring protection to the aware.

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    -Neeraj Dubey, Head - IP & TMT Practice at Priti Suri & Associates.

  • "More than ever before, it is necessary for IP professionals to consider the business and social value of intellectual assets. The challenges of climate change, environmental damage control, development of new “friendly” fuels and meeting globally rising aspirations of human beings, will need new levels of creativity – based more on co-operation than on competition. Licensing, cross-licensing and collaborative IP creation and deployment will help. The Licensing Executives Society,  and  , will work to foster and sustain high levels of knowledge and practices in licensing of IP assets”. - Subramaniam Vutha.
  • "Strong and effective IP legal regimes have been shown many times to increase the national wealth of countries that embrace them. World IP Day is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the contribution that IP laws have made to the lives of our fellow citizens. World IP Day is also an opportunity to consider how the combination of the publication of technical information that IP laws encourage, along with the increasing power of the internet, assists to speed up the flow of information around the world. We all benefit from increased knowledge about new technology developments." - Mike Lloyd, GRIFFITH HACK Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

  • As IPR is strengthening globally;the world community is looking at the developments happening in INDIA both for its market and resource; No doubt that Indian companies today recognize and respect Intellectual Property Rights and it is evident from the large number of applications being filed by Indians. However we need to further create awareness and make sure that every individual in India understand and respect IPR. One big issue Indians are facing today is valuing the ideas; with imperfect knowledge even the great ideas are not channelized for patent process; either they are going into public domain or remains as trade secrets. So I request every one reading this to start valuing ideas; however small they might be send them to your IPR team get it evaluated for patenting.

    On the day of World IPR, we take pledge to create more awarness and encourage Indian to create more intellectual property for themselves while respecting IPR of others. - Vijay Kumar M, I-WIN IP Services.

  • "I am enthused by the celebrations of World IP Day in India. Raising awareness for the protection of trademarks, patents, copyrights and designs can only result in greater creativity and innovation for the country”. - Simran Daryanani Zainulbhai, India Representative, International Trademark Association (INTA).

  • "World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on April 26. The event was established by the WIPO (World Intellectual property organisation) in 2001 to "raise awareness of the role of IP in our daily lives, and to celebrate the contribution made by innovators and artists to the development of societies across the globe". April 26 was chosen as this was the date on which the Convention Establishing the WIPO entered into force in 1970.
    Every year a theme is associated with the event:
    • 2010 - Innovation - Linking the World
    • 2009 - Green Innovation
    • 2008 - Celebrating innovation and promoting respect for intellectual property
    • 2007 - Encouraging Creativity
    • 2006 - It Starts With An Idea
    • 2005 - Think, Imagine, Create
    • 2004 - Encouraging Creativity
    • 2003 - Make Intellectual Property Your Business
    • 2002 - Encouraging Creativity
    • 2001 - Creating the Future Today

    Today’s world has been turned into a small village due to several innovations in the field of communications and other technology. The current year’s theme “Innovation – Linking the World” is aptly timed. Rapid adaptations of such innovations have made serious changes in our outlook. At one time, when one used to look at a Pager with awe, today enjoy the 3G technology seamlessly. As it has been rightly said “death of distance” and not being limited to a particular location is today being enjoyed at varying levels by all. Let’s look forward towards linking the world not only using different technological breakthroughs but also intellectually, physically, culturally, socially and by all other means never imagined before. Enjoy world IP Day." - Anindya Sircar, Global Head - IP Biocon Group of Companies.

  • Understanding and protection of IP across citizens and the law enforcement ecosystem are critical in a fast growing economy. - Anand Desai, Managing Partner, DSK Legal.

  • “System of Patenting needs a culture of Patenting.  World IP day is a grand step in imparting much needed support to such a culture and definitely provides platform to reinforce need amongst IP users to respect intellectual efforts of others and enthuse the creators of IP.  It also helps in emergence of new IP leadership at every level that can cut across technical, legal and business functions of an organization. A leadership that can think through all three essential aspects of IP will be able to position IP as a functioning instrument of trade & globalization“ - Faiz ur Rahman, Manager IP, Wipro Technologies

  • “Every year World IP Day reminds us of how individual nations having different politics and laws can come together and find common ground in protecting the innovations and ideas of individuals, businesses and commerce.  Internationalisation of the intellectual property system proceeds slowly but inexorably towards harmonised international rights. 

    For patents, we have the international patent system under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, overseen by the World Intellectual Property Office at Geneva.  Although there is no such thing as a world wide patent, the international patent application allows 30 months of provisional protection in 142 states.  In the past year, one more state, Thailand, has joined the Patent Cooperation Treaty. 

    For trade marks, we have the international trade mark registration system under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol.  In the past year, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, and Liberia have become party to the international trade mark system, bringing the total number of members to 81 although there are even more states participating as part of the European Unions membership.   

    For industrial designs, Poland, Serbia, Germany and Oman became party to the international registered design system under the Hague agreement, in 2009, bringing the total number of members to 57.  The system includes yet more countries as part of the EU.   

    Co-operation between the European Patent Office, the Japanese Patent Office and the US Patent Trade Mark Office using the PCT Patent Prosecution Highway is underway to harmonise and streamline examination at the three main industrial property offices of the world, with the objective of saving time, reducing cost, reducing duplication of effort, and ensuring higher quality of patent examination. 

    At the European regional level, the European Union have expressed a wish to join as a designated region at the end of the existing European patent system.  This will effectively give a single EU wide patent for the full maximum 20 year term, significantly reducing the cost of patent protection throughout the European Union and enabling much wider geographic coverage than the current patch work of protection after grant of a European patent. 

    For European trade marks and designs, the system is already harmonised throughout the European Union including all EU member states using the Community registered trade mark, and the registered Community design systems both of which are quick, efficient and relatively cost effective. 

    At the level of intellectual property enforcement, further harmonisation needs to occur within Europe for centralised litigation of European patents, to compliment the existing harmonised central litigation for European trade marks and designs. 

    Although progress is slow, every year the intellectual property system becomes more harmonised, more geographically inclusive and more cost effective, and internationalisation of the intellectual property system appears to be an unstoppable force.” - Robert B Franks, European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney and Director of Franks & Co Limited

  • “On the occasion of World IP Day, it is important to be reminded of the fact that Indian copyright law has been ranked number 1 in the world in a 2009 study of the copyright laws of 16 countries. The IP Watch List, published by Consumers International, also ranked the USA at number 4 and the UK at the very last position on the list. I think this ranking speaks volumes about our country’s approach to IP and I recommend that this report be studied in greater detail by policy makers, legal professionals and other persons interested to understand why India has received the ranking it has." - Nikhil Krishnamurthy, Senior Partner, Intellectual Property, KLAW/ Krishnamurthy & Co.

  • “The IP is not an end by itself. It is promoted and protected for good of the society at large and the advancement of the science - innovation. Those wanting to use IP purely for the commercial exploitation and treating it as an end in itself have done great disservice to the cause of IP by claiming IP as the sole driver of innovation and foreign direct investment.

    Some great innovations in business practices have been happening of late in the emerging world without IP. The large business corporations such as GE, Wall Mart, Microsoft, Dell, IBM, P & G, Unilever, Nokia, etc (other than pharmaceutical MNCs) forced by competition from the emerging-country companies and  wanting to reach the bottom of the pyramid have introduced break-through innovations in the way they were doing business.

    It is therefore appropriate that on the occasion of the World IP Day, we re-dedicate ourselves to the promotion of innovation and recognize that the IP is just a means to promoting innovation and not an end by itself.”

    - Mr. Dilip G Shah, Secretary-General of Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance

  • "Creation and protection of intellectual property (IP) are critical for spurring the spirit of innovation, bringing new products to the market and bolstering the economic growth and industrial infrastructure of a country.  India is at the crossroads after the 3rd Amendment of the IP Laws passed on April 6, 2005 by the Indian Parliament.  But passing the laws and actually encouraging the generation and protection of innovation are two different things.  There are kinks in the Indian IP laws and there is still a lack of awareness of the IP values among the public, the policy makers and even the academic/industry leaders.  Let’s hope that April 26, 2010, the World IP Day, becomes the day when India actually practices what it is supposed to cherish.  President Abraham Lincoln, holder of a patent in the United States, said this in a lecture on February 11, 1859;  In absence of protection, ‘any man might instantly use what another had invented, so that the inventor had no special advantage from his own invention.  The patent system (which is in the U.S. Constitution as of 1793) changed this; secured to the inventor, for a limited time, the exclusive use of his invention; and thereby added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius, in the discovery and production of new and useful things’.  Let’s hope that the President of India, the Indian Parliament and the citizens of India will appreciate this statement made more than 150 years ago." - Ananda M.  Chakrabarty,Distinguished University Professor,University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago

  • "If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of everyone, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    "World Intellectual Property Day gives us every chance to celebrate and promote the importance of Intellectual Property [IP] in today’s globalised world. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Paris-based international economic organization, in the year 1996 coined the term ‘knowledge-based economy’ defining the same as an economy which is ‘directly based on the production, distribution and use of knowledge and information’.IP protection plays an important role in the Knowledge Economy by protecting the knowledge and information.

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    India with all changes that have been brought in the last decade to its IP Legislation, Infrastructure and administration, provide Indians and Indian enterprise the right footing to compete in the globalised knowledge economy." - Dr.Sudhir Ravindran, ALTACIT Global

  • “In almost the same the time I have spent as a Corporate Counsel, the shift from a labor driven economy to a knowledge driven economy has taken place. As we went to hire on campus in mid 90s it became evident the new crop of legal practitioners had their sights firmly set on the new mantra “IPR”. It was a wake up call for those who couldn’t see that by the turn of the century and millennium the intangible assets produced by a more highly skilled workforce would emerge as the most powerful asset class, overtaking what we trained to value – the traditional capital assets as real property , plant and equipment etc. The asset mix in terms of valuation for corporations was to soar as high as 80% for intangible assets in developed markets – turning on its head the traditional valuations we studied in our balance sheets in college! With this came the challenge to be able to respond to the needs of your leadership when they pose the “what are we doing about IP?” question. In most cases ‘not enough’ would be an honest answer, even today. The ‘flat world’ was to become a big opportunity or a bigger threat and how long would we be able to ring fence ourselves from litigation where awards and settlements come with 6 or 7 zeros attached to the “$” sign? Not to mention the consequences on managements that mishandled those litigations! The emergence of the intermediaries such as patent licensing and enforcement companies popularly known as ‘Patent Trolls’ and those seeking to profit from IP have added much by way of negative excitement.

    But enough of negativity - Lets speak of shareholder value of IP enhanced through licensing revenues and no one does it better than the US biggies. So what does it mean to our class of practitioners - from building IP programs, setting out policies, hiring people and planning and of course the huge expectation to move from cost center to profit center in the rush to build up a respectable IP portfolio?  It means jumping through hoops of uncertain valuation of IP , a not so efficient or transparent marketplace (no names, we know who!) while trying to monetise the IP. Let us begin by educating ourselves and the people around us which then would mean elevating the IP ownership role within our organisations. Of course we need policies to guide us and a plan to traverse, given the investment we are prepared to make, besides striving to be IP advocates in the Boardroom. Those who have recognized the importance of these apparently obvious steps are today innovation engines powered by a strong IP culture. Stakeholders will expect this of your corporation – are you prepared?!” - K.B.”Monu” Iyappa , General Counsel, Mahindra Satyam.

  • We believe that World IP day is particularly important for South Africa especially since it is the gateway into Africa. The day is a celebration of South Africa's constant efforts to conform with and supersede international norms with regard to IP, for example, by being very active in and developing legislation for the protection of traditional knowledge. The day is also a celebration for those South Africans that have made it onto the world stage with their IP. - Alexis Apostolidis, Adams and Adams

  • " I have been in business all my life.  It is clear that business is very much about innovation.  Companies that can innovate consistently and effectively have a much greater chance at success.  Likewise, when a country heavily focuses on innovation – its chance of growth and success are increased exponentially.  As ideas are patented, they bring light to new ideas and the cycle begins anew.  It is my hope that in the coming years, India will effectively utilize the amazing talent contained within itself to shape the future of innovation globally through IP.  As a result, everyone will see India’s contribution to the world.” - Deepak Batra, Lexadigm

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  • As we celebrate the IP day, many issues come to mind.
    The critical situation the environment reaches as a result of the rapid growth of the industries.

    The economic crisis was a result of the instability of the competition between the private sector and the public interests.

    My opinion is, if we could upgrade the WIPO and grant it more power to transform it from just a protective tool of the IP into an organization that have a much greater impact on the economy and environment.

    this can be achieve through establishing hotlines between IP offices around the world and adopting innovative methods to fight counterfeiting goods .

    In order to protect the environment, the WIPO must be granted the right to force the use of new invention on the private sector.
    The field of IP is all about innovation and efficiency.- Stream of thoughts about the IP day by Waleed Hassanien, Manager MERSAW law firm

  • “Innovation has served as a mean of harnessing and protecting the power of human creativity so that the people of every country, every community, can be linked to each other and share the invention and creation. Innovation of the web and wireless technology has changed the way we communicate and relate to each other on a global scale. Gone are the days when the World remained vast, unfamiliar and largely unknown to most people. The distance has reduced and we are no longer affected by physical location. Knowledge gap between the nations has also substantially reduced. Let’s encourage innovation and creativity which is helping to bring the entire world closer.” - Diljeet Titus/Ankita Singh, Titus & Co., Advocates.

  • "World IP Day celebration is meant to demystify IP and make ordinary people aware of its role in their daily lives. IP is there everywhere -- at home, in work place, in entertainment halls. This year’s theme is of particular significance. IP has linked the world – it has made the world much smaller. We can now travel in much shorter time than in the past; we can now communicate instantaneously. It is IP which has been behind most of the innovations that brought humanity closer. On this World IP Day, let us rededicate ourselves to the cause of innovation." - T C James, Director, National Intellectual Property Organisation, New Delhi

  • Message from IP Pakistan Network on World Intellectual Property Day : "The value of creativity can never be ascertained as it has long lasting impact on various aspects of our life, however the Intellectual Property protection is just a token to reward the creative activity and encourage employment of brains and resources towards further creativity. The debate of public property vs private rights in form of IPRs is long standing one but there is no denial of the fact that non-recognition of intellectual property rights would lead to immediate stoppage of creativity and application of novelty. We have a collective responsibility to protect the IPRs on one hand and seeking a proportionate balance with public property/rights as well.
    IP Pakistan is striving towards this balance through engagement all levels of stakeholders. we encourage creativity and equally encourage the equitable use of this creativity. On this world IP day, we wish that everyone involved in upholding intellectual property rights and those who are playing an intermediary role in using those rights for public purposes, keeps it up and work towards creating a true knowledge based society." - Fatima Ahmad, Executive Director, IP Pakistan Network.

  • "The World Intellectual Property Day gives us one more opportunity to affirm our commitment towards creating a new culture based on innovation and entrepreneurship which will benefit the society at large. Intellectual Property protection cannot be oblivious of public policy and this message is widely being appreciated across the globe. IP protection is already playing a major role in determining the outcome of negotiations between countries and companies and thus the need of the hour is to have a comprehensive policy to deal with IP protection which can also consider the possibility of having a single window facility dealing with all aspects of IP protection." - Prof. V.K. Unni, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

  • "Intellectual property is all about human creativity. Intellectual property rights are considered as reward for creative and skillful work in execution of ideas. Infact it is more than a reward for conceiving and executing ideas, in the sense intellectual property rights are a recognition given to novel intellectual work. These rights are an incentive for creators and inventors for conceiving and executing innovative thoughts and ideas. In the business world the one possessing intellectual property rights will have definite advantage over other competitors. In the era of globalization when the entire world is considered as a single (global) market there noticed stiffer competition from all the corners of the world in any given field. At this juncture possession of intellectual property rights will give a better edge in the global play.

    The impact of intellectual property rights has spread over every aspect of human life. It has got something in store for everyone ranging from philosophers, ethicist, scientist, politicians, artists, lawmakers, entertainers, business entrepreneurs, economists, professionals, labor, industrialists, students and common man. The subject called intellectual property being multidisciplinary has been drawing the attention of every one irrespective of the field or discipline they come from. In the modern day protection and management of intellectual property rights is a core issue. In the recent past the importance of intellectual property rights have been universally felt and recognized. At this juncture World Intellectual Property Day is a very interesting move for the international community working in the field of Intellectual property. I am sure these ventures would lead to better understanding of intellectual property and finding better ways of protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights." -Dr. Sreenivasulu N.S., Professor, The WB National University of Juridical Sciences

  • Intellectual property law firm Adams and Adams supports the World Intellectual Property Day exhibition being held at the campus of the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office in Pretoria.“Keeping South Africa competitive in the global ‘knowledge economy’ is a priority of the South African government, “says Adams and Adams Chairman Dario Tanziani. “Legislation like the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Funded Research and Development Act and the Technology Innovation Agency Act has been written and substantial tax incentives for research and development given.  “We welcome the government’s commitment to stimulating local technological innovation and protecting the fruits of that innovation. As a nation, we need to concentrate on developing our engineering, scientific and technical capabilities to meet the socio-economic challenges which we face,” says Tanziani. “Entire industries have been built around intellectual property, like the biotech, pharmaceutical, cell phone and computer industries to name but a few.  The value of many businesses lies in their intellectual capital, of which intellectual property, particularly patents, registered designs and trade marks form a significant part.  “It is therefore of great importance to the future growth of the South African economy that greater emphasis is placed on funding local technology start-ups and assisting them to protect their ideas and their revenue streams. This has been the formula for the success of many developing country economies, of which South Korea is a good example.”Tanziani says local artists also need their creations to be protected against piracy and counterfeiting.“In this regard the Counterfeit Goods Act plays a vital role in protecting our local music industry. “Together with legislation which regulates ambush marketing, South Africa has an effective intellectual property regime which ranks with the best in the world. It has been a vital component in the success of international events like the ICC World Cup 2003 and the Confederations Cup 2009 which were hosted here, and will be enforced vigorously during The 2010 FIFA World Cup this year. “Valuable indigenous traditional knowledge and genetic and biological resources too must be protected and their value extracted for the benefit of the relevant communities. There has been much debate surrounding the appropriate medium to do this, but there is no doubt that the principle is sound." - Mr. Dario Tanziani, Chairman, Adams & Adams.

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