DIPP to set up India’s first TISC in Punjab
TISC offers several services like access to online patent and non-patent resources and assistance in searching and retrieving technology information among others.
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) will establish India’s first Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) at Patent Information Centre of Punjab. TISC will be established in Punjab under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) TISC program.
In this regard, DIPP on 13 July 2017 signed an Institutional agreement with the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology (PSCST).
Objective of TISC: TISC aims at stimulating a dynamic, vibrant and balanced Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) system in India to foster creativity and innovation. It will help in promoting entrepreneurship and enhancing social, economic and cultural development by establishing a network of TISCs in India.
WIPO’s Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) program
WIPO’s TISC program provides innovators in developing countries with access to locally based, high quality technology information and related services, which in return will help them to exploit their innovative potential and to create, protect, and manage their Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs).
Services offered by TISCs include:
• Access to online patent and non-patent (scientific and technical) resources and IP-related publications.
• Training in database search.
• Assistance in searching and retrieving technology information.
• On-demand searches (novelty, state-of-the-art and infringement).
• Monitoring technology and competitors.
• Basic information on industrial property laws, management and strategy, and technology commercialization and marketing.
Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM)
The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) is designated as the National Focal Point for the TISC national network. As the national focal point, CIPAM shall identify potential host institutions, assess their capacities and support them in joining the TISC program.
CIPAM will also act as the main intermediary between WIPO and TISC host institutions and coordinate all the activities of the national TISC network.
Future Plan of CIPAM
In upcoming years, CIPAM is planning to establish TISCs in Universities, State Science Councils, R&D institutions etc. TISC will give an impetus to knowledge sharing, sharing of best practices among the TISCs, capacity building, generation and commercialization of IPs.
How TISC’s establishment will benefit India?
At present, over 500 TISCs are operational across the world and establishing TISC in India will help host institutions of India in accessing the global network.
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) is a department functional under the Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry. It was established in 1995 and was reconstituted in year 2000 with the merger of the Department of Industrial Development. Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion is responsible for formulation and implementation of promotional and developmental measures for growth of the industrial sector, keeping in view the national priorities and socio-economic objectives.
Role and functions of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion primarily include:
• Formulation and implementation of industrial policy and strategies for industrial development in conformity with the development needs and national objectives
• Monitoring the industrial growth, in general, and performance of industries specifically assigned to it, in particular, including advice on all industrial and technical matters
• Formulation of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Policy and promotion, approval and facilitation of FDI
• Encouragement to foreign technology collaborations at enterprise level and formulating policy parameters for the same
• Formulation of policies relating to Intellectual Property Rights in the fields of Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications of Goods and administration of regulations, rules made there under
• Administration of Industries (Development & Regulation) Act, 1951
• Promoting industrial development of industrially backward areas and the North Eastern Region including International Co-operation for industrial partnerships
• Promotion of productivity, quality and technical cooperation