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Rs 20-lakh grant for CUSAT centre

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A study conducted by the Press Information Bureau here has pointed out that the functioning of this centre at CUSAT would be a boon to Kerala.

KOCHI, May 1

THE Ministry of Human Resource Development recently sanctioned a grant of Rs 20 lakh to the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) centre set up at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT).

The main objective of the IPR centre at CUSAT is the promotion of studies and research in the field of IPR and related activities.

It also aims to fulfill the need to develop an articulate and well-informed group of multi-disciplinary groups of professionals dealing with IPR matters.

The centre is supposed to support the HRD Ministry on policy matters and to bring out research studies in key areas.

A study conducted by the Press Information Bureau here has pointed out that the functioning of this centre at CUSAT would be a boon to Kerala, as it would help to seek guidance from the centre regarding IPR and patent issues.

This would be of great help to small and medium scale organisations and individual researchers.

The centre extends support to the people in preliminary guidance regarding patent registration.

The implementation of the Bio Diversity Bill and the Plant Varieties Act would create the need of more awareness regarding IPR in the State.

Without sufficient research and background support, it would be difficult to proceed in the international level regarding patent rights.

In these circumstances, establishing IPR centres in the country has become more relevant, the report said.

With the sanctioning of the grant, the centre is now trying to develop its infrastructure base to continue research support to the authorities in IPR and related issues.

As many of the Indian laws are in the process of amendment, the scholars at the centre need to keep track of the changes and critically look at the impact of those laws on economic growth.

The centre of IPR studies at the School of Legal Studies in CUSAT has taken the initiative to constantly engage in research and teaching from 1998 onwards.

Other than including IPR in the curriculum here, it engaged in the studies to facilitate research support to the Government in making policy and law at the national and international levels.

The centre also actively supports the Department of Education through its research backup in connection with the legislation in the area of IPR.

After contributing to the amendment of Copyright Act in 1999, it is now assisting the drafting of further amendments to it for the digital age.

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