*PCSIR AND IPO PAKISTAN JOINED HANDS TO PROMOTE INVENTIONS AND PATENT CULTURE IN PAKISTAN*
Islamabad: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz witnessed the signing of Record of Arrangement between Pakistan Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (PCSIR) and Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan (IPO). Dr. Syed Hussain Abidi, Chairman PCSIR and Mr. Mujeeb Ahmad Khan, Chairman IPO endorsed their signatures on a document “Record of Arrangement (RoA)” during a signing ceremony held in the Ministry of Science & Technology. The said activity is result of directions of the Federal Minister for Science & Technology to redefine patent culture in Pakistan in general and PCSIR in particular.
On the occasion, Federal Minister appreciated both the organizations and hoped that this cooperation will develop collaboration to promote innovation in the areas of Scientific & Technological research as well as strengthening of knowledge based economy.
Under the scope of collaborative activities, both the organizations will share information and guide each other on Intellectual Property (IP) right protection, sharing of technical expertise, commercialization and licensing arrangements with the third parties. Holding of joint awareness sessions, seminars, capacity building & training workshops on IP issues such as drafting of patent application and its filing, literature survey, trademark, copyrights and industrial designs filing are the promising areas of collaborative activities which will provide guidelines to the national inventors & researchers for the protection of their IP rights. Moreover, PCSIR in collaboration with IPO will also establish digital database of its patents and R&D activities. To this affect, Technology & Innovation Support Centres (TISC) offices shall be established in PCSIR with an aim to assist in patent and copyright landscape.