NEW DELHI: An Intellectual Property Facility Centre (IPFC) is all set to be unveiled here today to help the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) protect their innovations, inventions and designs via patents and copyrights.
National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) member secretary Ajay Shankar will introduce the centre on the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day. The centre will be set up by the Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME).
FISME president VK Agarwal said, “The IPFC will go a long way in helping MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) to get their intellectual property such as innovations and inventions, original designs, brand names etc. protected through patents, trademarks, copyrights and other such instruments conveniently and at a low cost. SMEs in India, as anywhere else in the world such as Japan or Germany, are the hot spots for development of new niche technologies and smart innovations. But they often lack awareness or the resources to get such intellectual property protected and commercialised. The IPFC is aimed at addressing this problem.”
The centre will be set up with the support of the Ministry of MSME under the intellectual property rights component of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme.
This is the third facilitation centre which will become operational by the FISME after Bangalore and Hyderabad. This centre will serve MSMEs in Delhi NCR region, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.