VIJAYAWADA: Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) envisage the welfare of the society and to avoid commercial exploitation of research work or property, AK Garg, director of the IPR Division, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, said after inaugurating a two-day national conference on ‘Scholarly Communication and Intellectual Property Rights’ at The Gateway Hotel here Monday.
The conference was organised by the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Vijayawada. Speaking on the occasion, Garg said that there was a need to create awareness about the publication and protection of research work in any field.
N Sridharan, director of SPA, Vijayawada, said that the institute recently started the open access digital national library system with all the works of their college. In India, IP was mostly known as copyright and trademark and was used to protect and commercialise inventions.
“The objective of this conference is to educate young researchers about the importance of studying patent rights and publication of research work,” he added.
Around 70 members of academicians, scientists, information practitioners, lawyers, scholars, students and programme convener Y Srinivas Rao and chairperson Dr Abdul Razak participated.