SRINAGAR: To bring Jammu & Kashmir into the innovation and technology map of India, Coordinator Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell, Tassaduq Mufti, advocated for the creation of exclusive IPR (Intellectual property rights) cells in different universities, colleges, schools and small-scale industries in the state.
Mufti facilitated a meeting with the officials of CIPAM (Cell for IPR Promotion and Innovation) from Union Ministry of Industries and Commerce in the office of grievance cell to establish exclusive IPR cells in different universities, colleges, schools and small-scale industries in the state which shall help young innovators from state to protect their ideas and innovations with the help of patents, trademarks and copyrights. Furthermore, the IPR shall help in preservation and value addition of all the unique cultural aspects of J&K be it art, craft, cuisine, cookery or music, a statement said.
Assistant Vice President CIPAM, Avipsha Thakur, said, “Intellect property is anything that is your mind’s creation. An idea, an art, a design, an innovation, or music composition and whatever comes from your mind, you need to protect it, because that is your creation.”
She further added that J&K state is diverse, and along with the diversity in language, geography and culture, there is also a great diversity in innovation and ideas.
Siddhanth Chouksey, Assistant Manager at CIPAM said that a lot of focus is on the geographical indicators (GI). “GI connects rural artisans and craftsmen to the bigger platform, and help them to be the part of larger domain and Kashmir is known for its art and craft worldwide. Therefore, patent and trademark registration is need of the hour.”
On the occasion, Tassaduq Mufti, said, “It is high time for Kashmir to take up the rightful place in the global arena of creativity, innovations and technology not only as Creators and innovators but also as owners.”
“It would create more job opportunities and also these novel and interesting inventions would help in building a stronger economy thereby providing solutions to a number of grievances,” he said.
He stressed that strengthening IPR would help to reward the hard work and creativity of innovators, designers, artists and authors alike.
In the follow up to this, a workshop on Access to Technology for Innovations and Establishing a Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC) was organized by TISC and Patent.