Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

The IPR CELL continues to give guidance to the young talented engineers for the promotion of their ideas in respect of Intellectual Property Rights

1. What are Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)?

IPR is a general term covering patents, copyright, trademark, industrial designs, geographical indications, layout design of integrated circuits, undisclosed information (trade secrets) and new plant varieties..

2. What are the legislations covering IPRs in India?

Patents: The Patents Act, 1970 as amended in 1999, 2002 and 2005
Design: The Designs Act, 2000 Trade Mark: The Trade Marks Act, 1999
Copyright: The Copyright Act, 1957 as amended in 1983, 1984 and 1992, 1994, 1999
Layout Design of Integrated Circuits: The Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout Design Act, 2000
Protection of Undisclosed Information: No exclusive legislation exists but the matter would be generally covered under the Contract Act, 1872
Geographical Indications: The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999
Plant Varieties: The Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001 .

3. Who are responsible for administration of IPRs in the country?

Patents, designs, trademarks and geographical indications are administered by the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks which is under the control of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Copyright is under the charge of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The Act on Layout-Design of Integrated Circuits is administered by the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology. Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority, Ministry of Agriculture administers the Act on Plant Variety..