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An awareness programme on intellectual property rights was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry in Mysore on Tuesday.— Photo: M.A. Sriram
An awareness programme on intellectual property rights was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry in Mysore on Tuesday.— Photo: M.A. Sriram

: Managing director of Excel Soft Technologies D. Sudhanva on Tuesday said patent laws and procedures can be further strengthened so that IT companies can swiftly deal with registration and possible enforcement.

Speaking on the topic ‘Bridging the gap between IT and IPR to build global competitiveness’ at an awareness programme on “Legitimate and competitive tools for industry: information technology and intellectual property rights”, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), here, he said inventions and patents have come through where the spirit of research and industry-academia interaction is high.

Mr. Sudhanva said the number of graduates, particularly in the engineering stream, is large in India compared to any other country. A large number of them, over the last 10 to 15 years, have been employed by software services companies providing development services.

“We also have to nurture a high quality, creative talent pool that goes into research and development, whom entrepreneurs and companies can leverage upon. A patent costs about Rs, 4.5 lakh to Rs. 6 lakh,” he said.

Mr. Sudhanva said selling an IT product overseas needs protection on the IPR front. Drafting and managing cross-border contracts will have to carefully consider the scope of work and the actual components going into delivery. An attorney is required to advise and help through the process. A specialist from an attorney’s office to articulate and write the claims was also necessary, he said.

Inventions provide an opportunity for a business to become a “thought leader” in their respective industry, he felt.

Suresh Kumar Jain, secretary, Mysore Industries Association, spoke on ‘The initiatives by the government in IT and IPR’, while N. Ravindran, director and CTO, Skanray Healthcare, spoke on ‘How to use IT and IPR as a manufacturing strategy for global competitiveness’.

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