TISC to give India access to tech info


New Delhi: The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) have signed an agreement to establish Technology and Innovation Support Centres (TISC). This programme of WIPO provides innovators in developing countries with access to locally based, high-quality technology information and related services, helping them to exploit their innovative potential and to create, protect, and manage their intellectual property (IP) rights.

WIPO provides a global policy forum, where governments, intergovernmental organisations, industry groups and civil society come together to address evolving intellectual property (IP) issues. Its member states and observers meet regularly in the various WIPO committees and decision-making bodies. Their challenge is to negotiate the changes and new rules needed to ensure that the international IP system keeps pace with the changing world, and continues to serve its fundamental purpose of encouraging innovation and creativity.

The TISCs can offer access to online and non-patent (scientific and technical) resources and IP-related publications. They can provide assistance in searching and retrieving technology information. They can offer training in database search. The TISCs have on-demand search facilities (novelty, state-of-the- and infringement). They can help you in monitoring technology and competitors. Finally, they can give basic information on industrial property laws, and strategy, and technology commercialisation and marketing.

The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) is designated as the national focal point for the TISC national network. As the national focal point, CIPAM shall identify potential host institutions, assess their capacities and support them in joining the TISC project. CIPAM will also act as the main intermediary between WIPO and TISC host institutions and coordinate all the activities of the national TISC network.

Over 500 TISCs operate worldwide. Establishing them in India will give the host institutions access to the global network. In the coming years, CIPAM is planning to establish TISCs in universities, state science councils, R&D institutions etc. It will give an impetus to knowledge sharing, sharing of best practices among the TISCs, capacity building, generation and commercialisation of IPs.

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