Tassaduq Mufti advocates creation of ecosystem of innovation in JK

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By Fast Kashmir on 09/12/2017.

Tassaduq Mufti advocates creation of ecosystem of innovation in JK

SRINAGAR, DEC 09: In order to formulate a roadmap in bringing J&K state into the innovation and technology map of India, Coordinator Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell, Tassaduq Hussain Mufti facilitated a meeting with the officials of CIPAM (Cell for IPR promotion and Innovation) from Union Ministry of Industries and Commerce in the office of Grievance Cell here today.

The meeting was a step towards creating an ecosystem of innovation and technology in the state. It was decided to establish exclusive IPR cells in different universities, colleges, schools and small-scale industries in the state which shall help young innovators from state to protect their ideas and innovations with the help of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, etc. Also, the IPR shall help in preservation and value addition of all the unique cultural aspects of J&K be it art, craft, cuisine, cookery, music, etc.

Possibilities and scope of IPR in the State was discussed in detail during the meeting. Assistant Vice President CIPAM, Ms Avipsha Thakur said, “intellect property is anything that is your mind’s creation; an idea, an art, a design, an innovation, or a music composition and whatever comes from your mind, you need to protect it, because that is your creation.”

She further said that “J&K state is diverse and along with the diversity in language, geography and culture there is also a great diversity in innovation and ideas.”

Another expert, Siddhanth Chouksey, Assistant Manager at CIPAM said that a lot of focus is on the geographical indicators (GI).  He said that GI connects rural artisans and craftsmen to the bigger platform and help them to be the part of larger domain and Kashmir is known for its art and craft worldwide and thus patent and trademark registration is high need of the hour.

Tassaduq Mufti, said, “It is high time for Kashmir to take up the rightful place in the global arena of creativity, innovations and technology not only as Creators and innovators but also as owners.”

“It would create more job opportunities and also these novel and interesting inventions would help in building a stronger economy thereby providing solutions to a number of grievances,” he said.

He stressed that strengthening IPR would help to reward the hard work and creativity of innovators, designers, artists and authors alike.

In the follow up to this, a workshop on Access to Technology for Innovations and Establishing a Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC) was organized by TISC and Patent.