- National Intellectual Property Awareness Mission (NIPAM), launched in 2021, has achieved the target of imparting Intellectual Property (IP) awareness and basic training to 1 million students.
- The target has been achieved ahead of the deadline which was 15 August 2022.
- The pan-India 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 Trade Marks (CGPDTM), Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
- During the period 08 December 2021 to 31st July 2022, the following milestones were achieved:
- of participants (students/faculty) trained on IP: 10,05,272
- Educational institutes covered: 3,662
- Geographical coverage- 28 states and 7 Union Territories
Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual property rights (IPR) are the rights given to persons over the creation of their minds:
- Inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names and images used in commerce.
- They usually give the creator an exclusive right over the use of his/her creation for a certain period of time.
- These rights are outlined in Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which provides for the right to benefit from the protection of moral and material interests resulting from authorship of scientific, literary or artistic productions.
- The importance of intellectual property was first recognized in the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (1883) and the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (1886).
- Both treaties are administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT