Punjabi innovators are slowly becoming aware of their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR),and many,especially from the agricultural machinery hub of Moga,have evinced interest in getting their works patented or designs registered.
However,authorities at Punjabs Patent Information Centre (PIC) said that though the response was overwhelming,more awareness has to be created in the area,as many of the industrialists are falling in the trap of private attorneys,who do not have much knowledge of IPR.
PIC in-charge Gurharminder Singh said they have been holding awareness workshops,and even going from door to door to iron out certain issues that were marring IPR registration. Elaborating,he said,There was a case of an industrialist who filed for a patent for a farm tool,but another firm,run by his brother,filed an objection. Earlier,it was one company that was making the equipment,but then the brothers parted ways. There are many such cases in industrial houses of Punjab. So we counsel them and make them understand the importance of a patent.
Divya Kaushik,a PIC scientist,said sometimes neither the industrialists nor the attorney know the difference between a patent and a design registration. A rice puddling equipment manufacturer built a machine that saved time,fuel and water,cannot cash in on his achievement as his attorney filed for design registration instead of a patent. Now,his innovation has lost the novelty factor.
Asserting that they should come to PIC,that charges only Rs 500 fee,Kaushik said another problem was that most of the manufacturers come to them after marketing their product for a few years. By then,their designs and innovations may have been picked up and patented by big industrialists, she said.