The theme “Creativity: the next generation” of the World IP Day was celebrated in the University with a colloquium organised by the TUIPR Cell on 26th April, 2013. Mr Uddhav Bharali the well-known award winning grassroots innovator delivered a talk on how innovations at the grassroots level are made, protected and commercialised. This was followed by a QUIZ Session in which 30 groups participated. Three teams were awarded prizes after a well contested QUIZ. A special “audience prize” was also given. Attractive IP day T-shirts were given to the participating teams. This event generated a lot of excitement on IPR in the campus.
TUIPR Cell in collaboration with IPR Cell, Dibrugarh University conducted a one day workshop entitled “Role of IPR in Enhancing Creativity, Innovation and Commercialisation” at Dibrugarh University on 9th of May, 2013. Professor Ganguli, Dr Suchibrata Goswami, Ms Juri B. Saikia and Dr Pritam Deb participated as resource persons and presented various aspects of IPR with illustrative examples on how IPR promotes innovations and their commercialisation. A special presentation on Institutional IPR Policy was made with the aim of helping Dibrugarh University set up its IPR Policy and an operational framework for institutional management of IPR in the University. Seventy one participants from Dibrugarh University and affiliated colleges took part in this workshop.
A regional workshop on “Role of IPR on Innovation in Electronics, Communication, Computing Devices” was organised at Silchar on 27 and 28, November, 2013. The outreach programme, aimed at spreading IPR consciousness among the working professionals and students in the field of Electronics and Communication, was conducted by TUIPR Cell, in collaboration with Institution of Engineers, Local Centre, Silchar and DietY, GOI. The programme was inaugurated by the President of Institutions of Engineers, General Manager of BSNL, Silchar, Director, NIT, Silchar and Additional Director, DietY, GOI and Professor Prabuddha Ganguli.
TUIPR Cell organized a two day training programme on “Traditional Knowledge, Socio-Economic Development and Intellectual Property Rights” in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Studies, Tezpur University. This event brought together practitioners of diverse cultural practices from the region and exposed them to facets of IPR (mainly copyright and geographical indications). Representatives of Assam Science and Technology Council (ASTEC) also participated in this programme. A case study on Muga Silk [Geographical Indication] based on the recent work carried out by the TUIPR Cell in collaboration with ASTEC was presented by students of Tezpur University. Through interactive sessions, the programme illustrated how IPR can add value to their existing activities and how they can interface with professionals and academics to simultaneously propagate and preserve their rich heritage. The programme also gave the academic community an opportunity to come face to face with these practitioners and learn about their traditional systems. This has opened up a new avenue for the academic world to design interactive and dynamic systems and implement collaborative programmes with communities of traditional knowledge systems.
A one-day workshop was organized by TUIPR cell in Tezpur University, in collaboration with DST, TIFAC on “Patent Search and Analysis”. 57 number of participants had attended the workshop that consisted of four technical sessions. The first technical session being an “Introduction to Patent Search and Landscaping” by MHRD Chair Professor, Tezpur University, Prof. Prabuddha Ganguli, which was followed by the next technical session on “Patent Searching: Practical Approach to exercising databases and Patent Information” by Shri Yashwant Dev Panwar, Director, TIFAC. The next practical sessions involved “practical patent search and analysis” jointly conducted by Prof. Prabuddha Ganguli and Shri Yashwant Dev Panwar. During these sessions, each participant was provided with a desktop computer for the hands-on experience on accessing and manipulating various free databases such as the USPTO, EPO, SIPO (Chinese), Indian Patent Office, WIPO (for PCT Publications). The participants were exposed to the power of these databases and how they could search and access patents in a targeted manner.