Training on Intellectual Property Rights
SAWTEE, in co-operation with GIZ, organized a two-day training on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) on 1-2 March 2012. The target audiences for the training were private sector stakeholders associated with Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) and essential oils, and Silver Jewellery. The objective of the training was to raise awareness about IPRs to the private sector and apprise them of the relevance of IPRs to their sector. About 20 participants representing the two sectors participated in the training programme.
On the first day of the training, Dr. Posh Raj Pandey, Executive Chairman, SAWTEE presented an overview of the IPR including its definition, scope, nature, context and types of IPRs. The session was followed by specific IPR issues. Dr. Ratnakar Adhikari, Chief Executive Director, SAWTEE made a presentation on “patents” while Mr. Sajjan Bar Singh Thapa, Advocate, Supreme Court of Nepal, apprised the participants on the issue of “trademarks” and their importance. The final session of the day on “industrial design and trade secrets” was conducted by Mr. Raj Kumar Suwal, Executive Director, Centre for Intellectual Property Nepal Pvt. Ltd.
The second day’s programme began with presentation on “copyright” by Mr. Bisu Kumar KC, Registrar, Nepal Copyright Registrar’s Office. Similarly, Mr. Puspa Sharma, Research Director, SAWTEE presented on “geographical indications” while Mr. Dhruba Rajbanshi, Director General, Department of Industry, discussed the enforcement mechanism from Nepalese perspectives. Finally, the participants worked in sector specific groups to identify IPRs relevant for their sectors. The participants said that they found the training very useful and relevant. It helped them understand the importance of IPR in enhancing their exports and receiving premium price for their products.