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World Intellectual Property Day, was celebrated at the Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA), Chennai on 29th April 2024. The main theme was to create awareness on IP rights and their role in encouraging innovation and creativity to young inventors, creators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and academicians to develop an interest in the Intellectual Property system. Even though young minds have entered science, technology, engineering, and allied fields in recent years, a wide gap exists in the IP system. To overcome the challenges facing the IP portfolio system and to motivate them through inspiring activities, World IP Day was organized.

Dr. C. P. Balasubramanian, Director Incharge, CIBA welcomed the guest speaker and delivered the opening remarks. He highlighted the importance of overcoming obstacles and challenges faced by the research community to achieve success in the opportunities of IPR. He narrated that the creation of human minds by working on new challenging ideas, to secure rights for the researchers and innovators and to challenge themselves for new ideas.

Dr. Rajiv Kumar Singh, Controller of Patents, Patent Office, Chennai delivered the expert lecture on the topic. He elaborated on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), its significance, genesis, voyage so far on IPR, trademarks and copyrights in the developing world. He covered distinct aspects of amendments in IP legislations, subject matter of copyrights, designs, subject matter of trademarks, guidance in IP filing, adopting efficient and paperless service, disseminating IP awareness to the public, filing of patents, types of application, related to state-wise, institute-wise, and Research and Development Organization wise, advantages of patenting; Non-patentable subject matters, patentable inventions, provisional and complete specifications of patent applications, patent drafting, PCT applications, expedited examination of applications etc., Geographical indications and Artificial Intelligence.

Scientists, students and technical officers participated in the interactive session. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks by Dr.P.K.Patil, OIC, ITMU-ABI Unit of ICAR-CIBA. The event was attended online by the staff and scholars of regional stations of ICAR-CIBA.