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Prabhu launches GI website; says India’s diversity promoted, protected by GI
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Prabhu launches GI website; says India’s diversity promoted, protected by GI

New Delhi, Mar 8: Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday said India’s huge geography and ancient history has given rise to a diverse and distinct identity and CIPAM has the mandate to protect and promote this diversity through GI.

Launching a tutorial video on “Intellectual Property Rights” for school students and the GI website, he said the website will help in promoting creativity and motivate more of India’s skilled artisans to apply for GI registration. Mr Prabhu said GI is a manifestation of India’s deep knowledge and skill in various crafts and protecting this knowledge will further encourage people to invent, create and innovate. His Ministry has put in place a new regime which will lead to India transforming into a knowledge based society.

He added that India is not only a signatory to TRIPS Agreement but has also enacted fresh legislations, amended existing laws and strengthened domestic legal framework to fulfil the harmonisation with the WTOs TRIPS Agreement. Fresh legislation has also been put in place to upgrade the countries IPR.

The tutorial video is available on CIPAM’s You Tube Channel and will form part of the existing resource pool on CIPAM’s official website www.cipam.gov.in which is freely available for public. The 20-minute tutorial video has been created by the Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) in collaboration with Qualcomm. The video explains the fundamentals of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) such as Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks.

‘IP Nani’, India’s first Intellectual Property (IP) Mascot, features in a series of short animated videos, to spread awareness about the importance of IPRs amongst children. The tutorial video can be used in schools without any external intervention from teachers or experts and will aid in reaching a large number of schools and students, thereby overcoming issues of bandwidth and limited resources.

The Minister also gave away certificates to students who were selected to work on the GI website through a hackathon conducted by DPIIT. (UNI)