RGU observes Intellectual Property Rights Day

RONO HILLS, Apr 26: The Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology (APSCST) in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) organized a workshop at the university here to mark Intellectual Property Rights Day on Friday.
Addressing the workshop, Chief Secretary Satya Gopal highlighted the importance of intellectual property rights, and the potential of youngsters in Arunachal Pradesh.
“The only thing that is required is to establish a sound scouting mechanism through which we can easily trace, scout and find out inventors, pathfinders, pioneers and innovators in the state,” he said.
Highlighting the richness of the state’s biodiversity, Gopal advocated filing geographical indicator (GI) tags for the state’s unique horticultural and agricultural products and the designs of traditional costumes and handicrafts.
RGU Vice Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha stressed on having a strong framework to promote intellectual property rights among scholars and researchers.
“It is important not only to recognize intellectual property and copyright as fundamental to research, but also to set in place processes that will ensure that copyright violations do not occur,” he said.
APSCST Director CD Mungyak highlighted the achievements and activities of the council’s patent information centre, and urged RGU’s faculty members and students to “file more and more patents/GI in the coming years.”
Guwahati-based Assam Science, Technology & Environment Council Head Dr RK Barman, Mumbai-based patent attorney Vineed Nair, Kolkata-based patent attorney Priyadarshan Kumar and RGU’s Computer Science Head Ani Taggu were the resource persons of the programme.