Intellectual Property Current Affairs

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Canada on IPRs

The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Canada to establish bilateral cooperation activities in field of Intellectual Property (IP). The MoU was signed in February 2018 and is intended to promote innovation, creativity and economic growth in both countries.

Key Features of MoU

The MoU establishes broad and flexible framework through which both countries can exchange best practices and work together on training programs and technical exchanges to raise awareness on IPRs and better protect intellectual property rights (IPRs).

It will facilitate exchange of best practices, experiences and knowledge on raising IP awareness among public, businesses and educational institutions of both countries. It will allow exchange of experts for interacting with human resources engaged in specialized IP fields.

It will facilitate cooperation in development of automation arid implementation of modernization projects, new and existing documentation and information systems in IP and procedures for management of IP. It will assist in protecting traditional knowledge.


IPrism: CIPAM-DIPP launches IP competition for college & university students

The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), in collaboration launched ‘IPrism’ for college and university students.

The one of its kind Intellectual Property (IP) Competition was launched by CIPAM-DIPP in association with ASSOCHAM and ERICSSON India.

Key Facts

The IPrism competition aims to foster culture of innovation and creativity in younger generation. It will provide young creators unique opportunity to see their creations recognized on national platform. It invites students to submit films on piracy & counterfeiting under two categories of 30 and 60 seconds. In another category, there is competition is for mobile gaming app on IP.


Counterfeiting and Piracy cause significant loss to film industry and pose serious safety threats to consumers. By generating awareness it can help to tackle such crimes since limited knowledge about their adverse social and economic impact leads to circulation and consumption of pirated content and fake goods. The National IPR Policy adopted in May, 2016 that aims to create vibrant IP ecosystem in country calls for creating IPR Awareness through outreach and promotional activities.


The CIPAM is nodal professional agency under DIPP, Ministry of Commerce & Industry. Its mandate is to effectively implement National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy adopted in May 2016. It has been actively involved in many activities including a nation-wide IPR awareness campaign. It has undertaken several measures to strengthen IP ecosystem in country.