In news– NIPAM has achieved the target of imparting Intellectual Property (IP) awareness and basic training to 1 million students recently.
National Intellectual Property Awareness Mission (NIPAM)-
- 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.
- The pan-India ambitious mission aims to provide awareness on intellectual property and its rights to 1 million students.
- It aims to inculcate the spirit of creativity and innovation to students of higher education (classes 8 to 12) and ignite and inspire the students of college/Universities to innovate and protect their creations.
- The program is being implemented by the Intellectual Property Office, the Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs and TradeMarks (CGPDTM), Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
What are Intellectual Property Rights?
- Intellectual property rights (IPR) refers to the legal rights given to the inventor or creator to protect his invention or creation for a certain period of time.
- These legal rights confer an exclusive right to the inventor/creator or his assignee to fully utilize his invention/creation for a given period of time.
- Intellectual properties rights in India is governed under the following Acts:
- Trade Marks Act, 1999.
- The Patents Act, 1970 (amended in 2005) and
- The Copyright Act, 1957.
- Intellectual property rights include patents, copyright, industrial design rights, trademarks, plant variety rights, trade dress, geographical indications, and in some jurisdictions trade secrets.
- However, IPR are broadly classified into Copyright and rights related to copyright and Industrial property.