Keeping in line the demand of industry interactions for students and educators, School of Engineering, GD Goenka University organized a one day workshop on Intellectual Property Rights and Technological Innovation on 29th November 2014. Over 100 participants (faculty and students) attended the workshop. The speakers/guest list included:
The event kicked off with a welcome address by Dean, School of Engineering – Prof. (Dr.) Deependra K Jha. In his speech, he emphasized the importance of designing a product through research and owning its Intellectual Property Rights.
The next speaker was Mr. Vivek Dahia, an expert on IPR, who gave a brief over-view of intellectual property right domain. Various kinds of IP were discussed like trademarks, patents, copyrights, industrial design etc. As some student’s projects at School of Engineering have matured to levels which will require services related to IPR in near future, it becomes very important for students and faculty members involved to get briefed about how to protect IP generated as a result of their hard work.
This was followed by a speech by Mr. Bastiaan Koster, the President of International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), who is a Patent Attorney and Trademark Specialist from South Africa. He talked about the international aspects of the patenting process and the issues involved. As GD Goenka University collaborates actively with international universities, it becomes supremely important for students and faculty members to understand the international patenting system. A brief question-hour session ensured that doubts were cleared by an expert at early stage.
Next session was taken over by Mr. Sidharth Srivastava, Head R&D, Lumax Mannoh Allied Technologies Ltd. After a brief overview of the company products, Mr. Srivastava talked about live problems faced while making gear shift systems. The different systems adopted by the industry at present were demonstrated along with complete problem statement.
Students particularly from mechanical and electronics engineering discipline were excited as they can now explore innovative solutions to live (actual) problems from industry! School of Engineering will make these sessions a regular feature of Research Saturdays. Students also appreciated the idea of engaging industry in the research activities as they will learn the aspects of industry standardized research processes, which will help them in maintaining a good prospective employee. The workshop ended with a vote of thanks from Dr. Sudeep Sharma (HoD, Civil and Mechanical Engineering). One could clearly sense the satisfaction level in all the participants as the lessons from the workshop will go a long way to ensure the research projects come out fruitful in abundance.