KAMAL NATH TO INAUGURATE NEW IPR OFFICE IN MUMBAI TOMORROW
TO PARTICIPATE IN EXPRESS PHARMA EXCELLENCE AWARDS FUNCTION
Date : 24 May 2006
Location : New Delhi
Shri Kamal Nath, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, is scheduled to inaugurate the new Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) office at Antop Hill, Wadala, in Mumbai tomorrow. Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Minister of State (Industry), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, will also be present along with other senior officials of the concerned agencies.
Shri Kamal Nath is also scheduled to meet the Chief Minister of Maharashtra tomorrow to discuss the status of industrialisation and investments in Maharashtra. On 26th May, the Minister will deliver the Walchand Memorial Lecture on “India’s Foreign Trade and WTO” at the Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, as well as participate in the Express Pharma Excellence Awards” function of the Indian Express Group of newspapers.
In response to emerging challenges posed by the new developments relating to IP systems, all the laws relating to intellectual property have been amended and new law enacted.
Government has also embarked on a major modernisation programme for all Intellectual Property Offices and committed Rs.147 crore for infrastructure creation and upgradation of these offices. Out of this sum, over Rs.125 crore have already been utilised. This includes computerisation, networking of the all offices, new buildings, and improved facilities including e-filing, electronic register, online search capabilities, extensive application of information technology in the administrative and technical functioning of the offices, human resources development through recruitment of technical manpower and specialised training.
Modern IPR offices have already been set up in the 3 metros – Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. With the IPR office to be inaugurated by Shri Kamal Nath in Mumbai tomorrow, all the 4 metros would be covered.