PUDUCHERRY: As part of the efforts to boost research, JIPMER has come out with an Intellectual Property Right (IPR) policy, formed by JIPMER Patent Cell to guide the faculty and students to apply for various innovations and patents.
After releasing the IPR policy document, Director of JIPMER, Dr S C Parija, said JIPMER, an institution of national importance is aiming to get at least three to five patents by the end of this year to mark a beginning.
JIPMER director Dr S C Parija released the policy and the first copy was received by Dr Vishnu Bhat, Dean, Research.
He said though considerable research is going on in various fields by the different departments of JIPMER, the institution could not get any patent so far. He said 45 Post Graduates and nearly 200 faculty members are engaged in various research projects and over 400 to 500 research papers were being published per year in internationally renowned journals.
The JIPMER director said the JIPMER patent Cell (JPC) and IPR Policy will help and encourage all JIPMER employees and students in the their efforts tom identify the innovative component of the research and seek patent protection before publication, to commercially exploit all new knowledge generated .
The Cell will provide legal and other support needed for IP protection, technology transfer, licensing and commercialization of products, he added.
The JIPMER director said the initiatives will ultimately reach the poor patients, who approach the institution of national importance for quality health care treatment.
As example, he said, the HIV and Typhoid kits developed for treatment of the diseases will cost more and the country has spend more on foreign exchange. Our researchers can develop the kits indigenous and it will reduce the cost of the treatment considerably. Ultimately this will help the poor patients and the country itself, he said.
The JPC (in charge), Dr Ravi Kumar Chittoria said: “We want the patient (clinical) and laboratory researches done by various departments should receive its due recognition by getting the patents.”
The JIPMER organized a programme for the researchers on Sunday with experts Dr M Kantha Babu, Anna University, Pridarshini Naveenkumar and Preethi Narayanan addressing the participants.
Asked about the Karaikal campus of JPMER, the academic session will begin this year with the admission process in July itself.
Answering a query, he said a high level inquiry conducted on sexual harassment committed by the staff of private security agency and the responsible persons were removed from duty in the premises.