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National Intellectual Property Awareness Mission (NIPAM)

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National Intellectual Property Awareness Mission (NIPAM) achieved target of imparting Intellectual Property (IP) awareness and basic training to 1 million students on 31st July 2022, ahead of the deadline which was 15 August 2022. 

What are the main objectives of the NIPAM mission?

The National Intellectual Property Awareness Mission (NIPAM) targets students of two levels.

  1. Level A includes the students of class 9th to class 12th
  2. Level B includes students from various colleges and universities.

NIPAM was launched with the vision of raising innovation and supporting the creativity of inventors or authors who contribute to society with their ideas and affect society economically and culturally. Also, NIPAM seeks to contribute to the creation of Atmanirbhar Bharat by increasing IP awareness all around the country.

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When  NIPAM was launched?

NIPAM, a flagship program to impart IP awareness and basic training, was launched on 8 Dec 2021 as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations.

Who is the implementing agency of the NIPAM mission?

The program is being implemented by Intellectual Property Office, the Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM), Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

What are the major achievements of the NIPAM mission?

During the period 08 December 2021 to 31st July 2022, the major achievements are :

  1. No. of participants (students/faculty) trained on IP = 10, 05, 272
  2. Educational institutes covered = 3662
  3. Geographical coverage = 28 states and 7 Union Territories

What is the meaning of Intellectual Property?

Intellectual Property means the property represented by the product/process emanating from creativity of the human mind, human intellect and creative ideas. It can be an Invention, original Design, Trademarks, artistic creation etc. In earlier times, physical or tangible assets like movable and immovable properties fetched the maximum value and the owner had an exclusive right over it.

What are the types of intellectual property?

Intellectual Property Rights can be broadly divided into two categories: –

A] Industrial Property mainly consists of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks and Geographical Indications.

B] Copyright relates to artistic and literary creation such as poem, novel, painting, computer software etc. In recent times, the term Intellectual Property is used to include other forms, such as, plant variety, integrated circuits etc.

Important points to be remembered:

Patent right is granted for a limited period of time i.e. 20 years from the date of filing. It gives territorial right, exclusive right and can been forced only in the country where it has been granted.

The Copyright Act, 1957 (the ‘Act’) came into effect from January 1958. The Act has been amended five times since then, i.e., in 1983, 1984, 1992, 1994, 1999 and 2012.

 

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