1.The International Music Score Library Project faces closure.
In what could be termed as black letter for music aficionados around the world, the IMSL has been shut down after threats from music publishers.
Started by a student in
A befitting tribute and obituary to the Project: IMSLP was a perfect “commons” project: it allowed a well-defined community to jointly build a scarce and expensive resource whose
cultural value had been validated by the centuries and was largely free of copyright constraint.
Industry body FICCI today said the government should impose “exemplary punitive damages” on violators of intellectual property rights to arrest the rising incidence of piracy and counterfeiting
In a communication to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), FICCI has called upon the government to ensure that enforcement authorities impose punitive damages on the offender
These measures would act as a strong deterrent to those who indulge in selling, distributing, storing and trading counterfeit, spurious and pirated products.(Economic Times)
3. Mashelkar recommends Social Innovation and affordable technology to empower people
Affordable technology that empowers people at the grassroots is the kind of innovation required to become a moral and ethical superpower, which is also the rationale behind Tata’s one-lakh car, said Dr R A Mashelkar president of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and former director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai’s alumni association inaugural function Innovations ‘08.
Technology innovation can make a difference to social innovation,” Mashelkar said, adding that such an innovation would happen by keeping in mind “the price performance envelope, worrying about the bottom of the pyramid and experimentation.”
4.Prime Minister Adresses 95th Indian Science Congress at Vishakaptnam-
Kapil Sibal announces FICCI to draft Innovation Act within the year.
“I am also very happy that this year the theme for the 95th Indian Science Congress is “Knowledge Based Society Using Environmentally Sustainable Science And Technology.”said Dr. Singh
Dr. Singh also urged the scientific community to tap into our traditional knowledge base, to develop environment-friendly and efficient technologies.”
Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Science and Technology in his keynote address at the Congress further announced that the government has requested FICCI to prepare a draft of the new Innovation Act within the course of the year. The India Innovation Act is likely to be modeled on the lines of the ‘America Competes Act’, which focuses on three primary areas of importance to maintain and improve innovation in the
5. Patent Applications on the rise-Chemicals &Pharma, Electronics, Telecom, Mechanical Engg , Biotch contribute most
With the Centres’ bid to strengthen the country’s patent system, the number of patent applications in
The Cambridge Centre for Indian Business will support the work of the Jawaharlal Nehru Professorship of Indian Business and Enterprises.
It will initially focus on contemporary research themes relating to today’s business environment.
Themes to be covered in the first three years include technology innovation, emerging global economies, the relationship between economic development and knowledge economy, and entrepreneurship.(The Hindu Business Line)
7. Companies to get back Patent fees.
In an move to promote innovation among emerging companies, the Department of Information Technology has launched its programme entitled, “Support International Patent Protection in Electronics & IT (SIP-EIT)”. Under the scheme, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and technology start-ups can apply for reimbursement, up to a limit of Rs 15 lakh, for the costs incurred in filing international patent applications. This scheme applies for their indigenous inventions in the electronics and information, communication and technology (ICT) domain. The grant will disbursed to applicants on a reimbursement basis and will be limited to 50 percent of the total expenses in actual cost incurred by the applicant on filing international patent.(Business Standard)