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Ministry of Science & Technology

Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council-TIFAC

TIFAC, an autonomous organization under Department of Science and Technology aims to keep a technology watch on global trends and formulating preferred technology options for India. The Patent facilitation Centre of TIFAC has conducted 305 awareness workshops sensitizing about 3200 scientists, technologists and policy makers from 85 universities, 100 R&D institutions and 150 industries. Besides providing assistance for filing patent applications, the centre provides patent search services through two databases viz. Ekaswa-A : Patent applications filed in India as published in the issues of the Gazette of India (Part III, Section 2) from January 1995 onwards and Ekaswa-B : Patent applications notified for opposition in the Gazette of lndia (Part III, Section 2) published from January 1995 onwards.

Biotechnology Patent Facilitating Cell (BPFC) Department of Biotechnology

During few years of its existence, BPFC has carved out a unique identity of its own among the biologists and biotechnologists in the country; with several achievements in the field of technology development in the Indian context. BPFC has facilitated filing more than 100 Indian and international patent applications out of which more than 10 patents have been granted. BPFC now look forward to Industry for taking up of these technologies to the market and to the consumers.

The BPFC has organized a series of national roving seminars on “Patenting in Biotechnology” and “IPR in Biotechnology” at various institutions and universities around the country, in collaboration with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, to enhance the awareness of the scientists about the inventions, process of patenting, issues in IPR in biotechnology and the strategic importance of the IPR in post-GATT era.

In order to promote basic understanding of patents and other IPR-related issues among the Indian scientists, and to analyze issues in the area of patenting in biotechnology, department has initiated one-week refresher courses on IPR in biotechnology for officers and scientists at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore which will be held four times in a year.  The four such courses were held during the last financial year. Through these training programmes, it is intended to create awareness about the need for protection of intellectual property generated by the scientists in biotechnology and its identification, utilization, IPR regime in the country and outside, the procedures and nuances of writing patent documents with description and claims and issues associated with the protection of live forms, international patenting, product patents etc.

National Institute of Science Communications and Information Resources (NISCAIR)

TKDL access agreement with International Patent offices has been permitted by the Government. Access to TKDL would be secured and shall be utilized by the examiners of Patent offices for patent search and examination purpose only. Negotiations with leading International Patent Offices are in an advanced stage. Two journals published by the institute namely Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge(IJTK) and Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Abstracts(MAPA) have been included in the PCT minimum list.

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By Elizabeth March, WIPO Magazine Editorial Team** Source: WIPO Magazine Issue No. 6/2008 dated June 2008
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