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SpicyIP Tidbit: GNLU-GUJCOST IPR Centre for Excellence Launched

Shreya Dave, a 5th year student at GNLU brings us some exciting IP news from Gujarat, with the announcement of the launch of a Gujarat State Innovation Portal as well as a Centre on IPR. The official press release is expected to come out in the next two days. This post will be updated when it does come out. Please see her update as below:

GNLU-GUJCOST IPR Centre for Excellence Launched

By Shreya Dave

Following the establishment of the Gujarat State Innovation Council in August 2013, under the aegis of Department of Science and Technology, the state of Gujarat took a step further in the direction of creating stronger IP friendly environment. Gujarat State Innovation Portal was launched today by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shrimati Anandiben Patel at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.

The World Innovation Symposium which is a part of the ongoing Vibrant Gujarat Summit – 2015 witnessed enormous response from various stake holders with MOUs being signed for supporting innovation largely in the fields of Information Technology and Biotechnology.

Another attempt in the same direction was the launch of Centre on IPR under the aegis of Gujarat Council of Science and Technology (GUJCOST) at the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU). The Centre has been set up with the view of strengthening the IP environment and spreading IP awareness. The Centre intends to collaborate with both the local and foreign educational institutions for achieving its stated objectives. The proposed agenda of the Centre focusses on assisting small and medium scale innovators and ‘ordinary people with extraordinary inventions’. The IP Centre at GNLU shall assist the government in policy making and craft a holistic IP regime for India. It is also hoped to bring down the number of IP litigations by providing guidance to the innovators at the grass root level.

Swaraj Paul Barooah

Swaraj Paul Barooah

Follow @swarajpb Swaraj has a deep interest in IP, Innovation and Information policy, especially when they involve issues relating to Access to Knowledge, Innovation incentive mechanisms, Digital Freedoms, Open Access, Education, Health and Development. After his BA, LLB (hons) from Nalsar Univ of Law, Hyderabad, he went on to do his LLM from UC Berkeley in 2010. He is now pursuing his J.S.D. degree from UC Berkeley where he is focusing on Drug Innovation Policy and Access to Medicines. Aside from SpicyIP, he is also engaged as a consultant on various IP matters, and is a visiting faculty member at Nalsar Univ of Law. He is also in the process of starting up a New Delhi based "IP, Innovation & Information Policy" focused think-tank.

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