Islamabad: PARC and IPO jointly organized a seminar on awareness about Protection and Commercialization of Intellectual Property Rights, on this Wednesday at NARC. The initiative was taken in reference to recently inked MOU between Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Islamabad and Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan (IPO) to promote and commercialize agriculture innovations / brands.
PARC and IPO have agreed to enhance cooperation in the field of Geographical Indications (GI) for boosting agricultural products. Through joint awareness raising sessions, the procedures involved in drafting patent applications, its filing, Trade Mark, Copy right and Industrial design filing process and other IP issues will be resolved. Moreover, information on IP aspects of commercialization and licensing will be shared as well, said Chairman PARC Dr. Azeem Khan while speaking at the workshop.
Mr. Meesaq Arif, Executive Director, IPO while highlighting the role of IPO-Pakistan in safeguarding innovations said that IPO-Pakistan encourages every such step which protects and promotes novelty. He termed agriculture sector the backbone of our economy and urged scientists to patent their inventions and innovations while registering them with IPO-Pakistan.
Later, Mr. Muhammad Ismail, Director (GI) briefed participants about the scope of GI in agriculture sector. Mr. Saifullah, Deputy Director presented Copyright, Mr. Mujtaba Kamal, Deputy Controller of Patens gave presentation on Patent and Industrial Design and Ms. Umme Salma, Deputy Director highlighted Trademark registration process.