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IFCCI Workshop on Strategies for Protecting IPR In India & Europe

IFCCI in partnership with K&S Partners organized a workshop on Strategies for Protecting IPR In India & Europe.

On the 27th of June, 2023, the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IFCCI), in partnership with K&S Partners and Kador and Partner, organized a workshop on Strategies For Protecting IPR In India & Europe. This session brought together Legal Heads, Entrepreneurs, Scientists, C-Level executives and R&D officials from the Indo-French business network.

The event was held at the Royal Ballroom, Leela Palace Bangalore and was led by a networking high tea.

Mr Priyank Prakash, Senior Manager- Events & Membership, IFCCI, commenced the event with the opening remarks and by setting the context to the gathering with a note on Indo-French business relations and the importance of IPR, which was followed by a presentation by Dr Bernhard Pillep, Partner, Kador & Partner, who gave the audience insights into the European Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court. This was succeeded by Mr Satyam Rathore, Senior Associate, K&S Partners, who gave an understanding of the establishment of IP Division in Indian High Courts and the current scenario that prevails in the country. 

Post the two presentations, there was a high-level panel discussion that brought together Mr Durgesh Mukharya, Partner - K&S Partners (moderator), Dr Alexander Racz, Partner - Kador and Partner, Mr Gopinath AS, Partner - K&S Partners, Mr Amit Singh, Sr. IP Counsel, Tata Steel Ltd. Jamshedpur, and Mr Vijay Singh, IP Coordinator – Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore.

The panel discussion touched upon various subjects concerning Intellectual Property Rights, i.e., the application process, filing for the patent, how the European and Indian approaches complement each other, and how companies, especially MNC’s, discuss and deliberate upon which patents to file in India & abroad, amongst others.

In an era where innovation and creativity drive economic growth, safeguarding intellectual property becomes paramount for fostering healthy and sustainable business collaborations between nations. India and France have long-standing ties in culture, diplomacy, trade, and commerce. Both countries recognize IP’s pivotal role in fostering innovation, protecting creative endeavors, and driving economic growth. By protecting IP, we pave the way for collaboration and partnerships that fuel growth and prosperity.

In conclusion, the workshop facilitated an understanding of the IPR landscape in Europe and India and the strategies to protect one’s business interests.

IFCCI thanks its partner K&S Partners, for helping conduct this knowledge session, and more than the fifty participants that took the time out for attending the workshop.

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