Report on “Converting Idea in to Patent” - An Expert Talk

Idea is the term given to the productions of original intellectual or creative activity. In order to get from where you are to where you want to be you will need to move from idea to invention and ultimately to a patent application, but the idea gets the ball rolling. But in order to get that ball rolling what you need is a strategy to help you move past the idea and learn to describe your idea with enough specifics so that it no longer is what the law would call a “mere idea.” In a nutshell, if you can describe your idea with enough detail you don’t have an idea, what you have is an invention, or at least the makings of an invention. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) are the legal rights that exist in those productions. India has become a member of the global patent regime by signing TRIPS and recently the Madrid protocol but awareness and proficiency on the subject in academic institutions is still scarce. The amount of money spend on R&D in India every year is very huge while the patents filed in India by locals is only 20% of the total filed patents.

In view of above an Expert Talk on “Converting idea in to Patent” by Dr. Amol Potgantwar, Associate Professor and Head, Computer Engineering & IT Department, and Dean, IPR from Sandip Institute of Technology and Research Nashik, has been organised for all the faculties of MPSTME Shirpur by Department Computer Engineering and Information Technology on 15th May 2017 during 11:00AM to 12:30 PM at seminar hall c wing MPSTME Shirpur.

Participation was very encouraging from various departments of MPSTME. There were 65 enthusiastic participants in all. The program included discussions on importance of IPRs and their protection, identification of IP, advantages of IP, Patenting procedures and time lines, patentable and non-patentable inventions, patent informatics, prior art searches, patentability assessment, trademark and copyright protection, issues of do’s and don’ts for a researcher in the context of publishing and patenting and patentability issues. The program ended with feedback by Prof. Rakesh Chaudhary and vote of thanks by Dr. N. S. Choubey.

Some Glimpses of the session:

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