MYSORE: Protecting intellectual property right is very important. Seven intellectual properties - patent, trademark, design, trade name, trade secret, geographical recognition and copyright - have been identified, and it is important to get patents for research work and methodology, said K S Rangappa, vice-chancellor of University of Mysore.
He was delivering the inaugural address at a daylong workshop on 'Intellectual property training and awareness' at Vijnana Bhavan of UoM here on Thursday.
Presenting an overview of IP rights in research sector, S Ramamurthy, professor at Centre for Emerging Technologies and adviser (IPR) at Jain University, said that innovation is embedded in daily life. He told the participants about the salient features of IP. "IP covers the words we read, the images we see, the videos we watch, and music we listen to. Most of them are freely available to us. But their being free doesn't make them ours," he said, and defined IP right as a right that prevents people from copying others' work. "If you present others' work or ideas as your own, it will be considered plagiarism," he said.
He dealt with trade secrete citing examples of some branded products. "There are many products having geographical indication of Mysore like Mysore Silk, Mysore Sandal Soap and Mysore textiles," he added. He defined patent as a combination of technical, legal and business aspects. He also explained the patenting process.
Sarasija Padmanabhan, IP consultant at CPA Global, spoke on art search methods. Around 100 research scholars, faculties of various departments attended the session.