In a bid to empower entrepreneurs with vital knowledge, the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) organized an insightful awareness workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on December 8 at the SGSY Hall in Umling C&RD Block, Ri Bhoi district.
The program witnessed the active participation of PK Bagchi, a designated intellectual property attorney from ICC’s IPR center in Guwahati, and G. Langstieh, functional manager at District Commerce and Industries Center, Ri Bhoi District, who served as a resource person. Entrepreneurs from across the block attended the workshop to enrich their understanding of intellectual property rights.
During his session, G. Langstieh underscored the significance of IPR, citing the example of the Coke Opener owned by Coca-Cola.
“It’s a lengthy procedure in IPR, but it’s very important for a business to have it to avoid copyright infringement of their brand names or patents. Only if you have IPR can you file a court case if anyone tries to misuse any of your patents or trademarks,” emphasized Langstieh.
Bagchi delved into the concept of intellectual property as an individual specialty, stressing its manifestation in products, patents, and trademarks. He noted a prevalent lack of IPR knowledge among micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), making them susceptible to exploitation by larger agencies.
Bagchi also elucidated on the IPR registration process and outlined the benefits it offers to MSMEs.
The focal points of the session encompassed discussions on trademark registration, copyright registration, patent registration, geographical indication registration, and the commercialization of intellectual property rights. The workshop aimed to equip entrepreneurs with essential knowledge to navigate the intricate landscape of intellectual property rights, fostering a culture of innovation and protection within the business community.