KOCHI:Kerala High Court Judge Justice V Chitambaresh on Friday said that though the State had a huge knowledge-base, processes, products and brands - ranging from Ayurveda to traditional knowledge - many of them were yet to be patented.
Speaking after inaugurating a seminar on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here on Friday, Chitambaresh said Kerala, which boasted of 100 per cent literacy, had very little literacy with regard to IPR.
The seminar focused on the relevance of IPR in the present business scenario, the need for people to be aware of their rights and the remedies related to IPR.
National Intellectual Property Organisation president T C James, South East Asia Senior IP Counsel Shilpi Jha and CII Kerala chairman Hari Krishnan Nair also spoke.
Hari Krishnan lauded the government’s continuous efforts to upgrade IPR laws in the country, and extended CII’s support for such initiatives.
On the occasion, sessions were held on various forms of IPR; Importance of Patents; Designs and Trademarks; Copyrights and ‘how IP can be managed for business success with the help of case studies and best practices’. Alacit Global CEO Sudhir Raja Ravindra spoke on the importance of protecting one’s innovations through various forms of IPRs.
Thomson Reuters solution consultant Soumik Das explained the importance of information and databases in IP. On the occasion, a separate presentation was made on ‘CII-MoMSME Centres on IPR - Its Objectives, and Role of IPFC’ by TNTDPC head Subhajit Saha.