Kohima, August 31 (EMN): According to Patent Information Center (PIC) Technical Assistant Gifkari Chishi, many citizens of Nagaland are still ignorant about Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and their benefits. , Nagaland Science and Technology Council (NASTEC).
He argued that various indigenous traditional knowledge and bio-piracy issues were plagued by the lack of proper documentation and lack of awareness of intellectual property-related issues among the people of the state. He said it was gaining importance in legal talks.
“Many people are still unaware of IPR and its benefits in obtaining intellectual property rights. Slowly, people are encroaching on our indigenous and traditional rights.” she said, presenting an overview of IPR in the context of Nagaland.
She was speaking at a virtual lecture on ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ hosted by NASTEC under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, as part of the ‘Vigyan Utsav’ celebrations on Wednesday. .
Despite the fact that the state is considered to be home to many flora and fauna and a hotbed for IPR applications such as geographical indications (GIs), patents, and traditional knowledge documents, “IPRs have It lacks roots,” she said. .
“Nagaland has a rich diversity of ethnic groups, languages, religions, climates and landscapes and is home to 18 recognized tribes, each with a unique and fascinating culture. The traditional system has been passed down orally from generation to generation without written documentation,” she said.
“Intellectual property rights are people’s rights to their mind’s creations.
Today, cultural appropriation contributes significantly to the endangerment of indigenous communities and societies. Surprisingly, indigenous peoples are exploited in the name of promoting and valuing their culture, Chisi said.
Currently, only four products from Nagaland have a GI tag, Naga Mircea (GI #109), Naga Tree Tomato (GI #374), Chakesan Shawl (GI #542) and, most recently, Naga Cucumber (GI No. 640).
Established in 2011, the Patent Information Center is the only organization in Nagaland dealing with intellectual property matters. The state has a total of five his IPRs, including NU-SET, Dimapur for biotechnology sector, Patkai Christian College for geology sector, University of Nagaland, Rumi Campus, Kohima Science College, Jotsoma, and industrial and commercial sectors. Cells are located in states.
“Sell products with GI tags”
IP Attorney Partner, LEX IP Care, Dr. Chitra Arvind, GI Tagged Product Owners Need to Transform Items into Marketing Strategies and Grow from Small to Large Industry to Generate Jobs and Income said.
She suggested partnering with the government to provide handouts containing information on GI-tagged products during programs and events to ensure the products are available in stores and outlets.
“Write a brief story or background information to match your GI-tagged product and set different prices so that it doesn’t dilute your credibility. to sell GI products,” she says of the market link to GI products.
Dr. Nesatalu Hiese, NASTEC Scientist D, said the purpose of the talk was to inform stakeholders about the state’s IPR strengths. “It is held with the aim of strengthening the innovation ecosystem for technological independence, allowing students, potential start-ups, researchers and industry to acquire knowledge and creativity on the Indian intellectual property ecosystem. The aim is to provide an opportunity to protect the