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GI Website & Tutorial Video on IPR Launched

Union Minister for Commerce and Industries Suresh Prabhu has launched the tutorial video on Intellectual Property Rights and the GI website.

Tutorial Video on IPR

  • The tutorial video has been produced by the Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) in collaboration with Qualcomm.
  • This tutorial video explains the fundamentals of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) such as Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks.
  • India’s first Intellectual Property (IP) Mascot, IP Nani features in a series of short animated videos, to spread awareness about the importance of IPRs amongst children.
  • The tutorial video can be can be used in schools without any external intervention from teachers or experts and will aid in reaching a large number of schools and students, thereby overcoming issues of bandwidth and limited resources.

Geographical Indication

Geographical Indication (GI) is a name or sign used on products which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin. Geographical Indication act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.

Website of Geographical Indication of India

Geographical Indications (GI) of India website showcases Indian GIs products, classified state wise as well as product category wise. The website with specific and comprehensive details of the geographical area, description of the product, uniqueness, history, product process/ processing in addition to enlisting GI authorized users will increase the visibility and marketability of GIs of India and hence help in their commercialization.

Month: Categories: Business, Economy & BankingUPSC


Berne Convention: India submits declaration  

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has notified declaration submitted by Indian relating to Article II and III of Appendix to Paris Act (1971) related to Berne Convention for Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. The declaration will enter into force, with respect to India from March 28, 2018. It will enable India to avail itself faculties provided for Article II and III of the Appendix to Berne Convention during 10 years period that will expire, on October 10, 2024.

Key Facts

India has been member of Berne Convention since April 1928. It has been submitting declaration as per Article II and III of Appendix from time to time. The present notification is in continuation of India’s earlier position.

Article II of Appendix: It will enable India to substitute for exclusive right of translation of work, which has been published in printed or analogous forms of reproduction granted by competent authority only for purpose of teaching, research or scholarship.

Article III of Appendix: It will enable India to substitute for exclusive right of reproduction of literally work, published either in printed or analogous forms of reproduction or in audio-visual form of lawfully made audio-visual fixations, to publish edition which has not been distributed on sale for period of 6 months, except when either translations is not published by owner of right of translation or with his authorization, or when translation is not in language general in use in India.

Berne Convention

Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Berne Convention) is international copyright agreement that mandates equal treatment of copyrighted works by signatories, known as Berne Union. It was adopted in 1886 in Berne, Switzerland. The convention requires signatory member countries to recognize copyrighted literary or artistic works in same way that its national copyrights are recognized.

Under it, all works (except cinematography and photography) are copyrighted for minimum 50 years term after death of author, but longer terms may be provided related parties. It also allows signatories to apply fair use of copyrighted works in other broadcasts or publications, as reflected in  WIPO Copyright Treaty, 1996.

Month: Categories: National