Seminar on Intellectual Property organised by V M Salgaocar College of Law
An awareness programme on ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ (IPR) was conducted at V M Salgaocar College of Law, Miramar, which was organised by the MSME-Development Institute, Margao, Goa under the Ministry of MSME, Government of India on August 31, 2016. The programme was co-ordinated by Dr G Shaber Ali and Asst Prof Shruti Kamat Dalal.
Advocate General of Goa Saresh Lotlikar, chief guest for the programme, stated that IPR is gaining a lot of relevance at the global level while, at the national level, Delhi has the highest number of litigations pending in courts of law on IPR issues. G R Akadas, director, MSME-DI, Margao welcomed the gathering and specified that MSME plays a major role in channelising its schemes for the optimum use of the beneficiaries. Dr M R K Prasad, principal, VMSCL, addressed the gathering on importance of IPR.
Prof Dr T Ramakrishna, (chairperson, IPR Chair) NLSIU, Bangalore, who was the resource person spoke on ‘Patent, Law & Practice and Design Protection’. He specified about myriad IP rights, IP offices in India, patent requirements which include patent eligible subject matter, novelty, utility value, non-obvious invention and inventive step for patent protection. He expressed concern over the UN report published in 2016 which ranks India 37th in the IP ecosystem out of 38 countries in the list.
Dr G Shaber Ali spoke on ‘Concept, Significance & Recent Trademarks Issues’. He emphasised the need for trade mark registration, which protects the seller from commercial exploitation and also the reputation and quality of goods and services. He gave different instances of what is excluded from registration under the Trade Marks Act 1999. Various issues relating to deceptive similarity and trade mark violations in India were discussed at length. He urged his concern over 3.2 crore litigations pending before the courts in India.
Project STARs culminates programme
TERI and Goan conglomerate Dempo group of companies jointly implemented Project STARs (Sustainability, Tracking, Action and Reporting in schools). This unique partnership between TERI’s Environment Education and Awareness Area at the Goa Centre and V S Dempo Holdings Pvt Ltd (DEMPO) is in the nature of a three-year intensive education and action programme (2013-2016) on sustainable schools in Goa.
STARs provided four schools with paper recycling plants, four schools with LED, a composting station and a sanitation facility at two schools under its hardware component. To operationalise these facilities, various sensitisation, training workshops and field visits were conducted over the course of the project. Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material was also provided to the project schools. The school community across the 10 member schools are direct beneficiaries of the resources created under the project, as its interventions reached out to a large section.