The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was on April 26, 2018 awarded the National Intellectual Property Award, 2018 for being the top research and development organisation for patents and commercialisation.
The award was conferred by Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, at a function organised by the Indian Intellectual Property Office and Confederation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (CII) in New Delhi, to celebrate the World Intellectual Property Day. The Director-General of CSIR, Girish Sahni, received the award on behalf of CSIR.
• The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research is a contemporary research and development organisation. It was established in 1942.
• It runs 38 laboratories and 39 field stations throughout the nation, with a collective staff of over 12,000 scientists and scientific and technical personnel.
• It has been ranked 9th in the world amongst 1207 government institutions, with an overall global ranking of 75 amongst 5250 institutions.
• Although it is mainly funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, it operates as an autonomous body through the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
• It is known as the pioneer of India’s intellectual property movement.
• The CSIR laboratories have been developing and providing technology focused on the unfulfilled need and the cutting edge knowledge base and human resource on the other, for socio-economic development in the Country.
• Its domains range from the environment to health and drinking water, from food, housing, energy to specialty chemicals & petrochemicals, glass & ceramics to mining, metals & minerals, medicinal plants, leather to machinery, instrumentation and strategic sectors including aerospace.
• It is contributing to Missions such as Swachh Bharat, Swasth Bharat, Samarth Bharat, Make in India, Innovate for India, Startup India and Skill India.
The Indian Intellectual Property Office confers National Intellectual Property (IP) Award on outstanding innovators, organisations and companies in the fields of patents, designs, trademarks and geographical indications on the occasion of World IP Day every year.
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About World Intellectual Property Day
• The World Intellectual Property Day was observed on April 26, 2018 with the theme ‘Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity’.
• The day is celebrated annually to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.
• This year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in the world and shaping our common future.