A daylong awareness workshop on intellectual property (IP) was conducted at the Technical Training Institute in Rangjung on October 11.

According to a press release from the Department of Intellectual Property (DoIP), the programme was conducted to create basic understanding of IP rights in line with the two IP Acts – Industrial Property Act and the Copyright Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

The two Acts have detailed provisions on the protection of new inventions, designs, trademarks, service marks, copyright works and their enforcements, states the press release. “Accordingly the participants are sensitised on the importance of IP registrations, which is a prerequisite condition in obtaining rights over any new creations or innovations.”

The two acts came into force from 2001.

The programme was also conducted to trigger the participants’ minds to think on how to take advantage of intellectual property system and incorporate it in their day-to-day businesses.

A total of 135 participants attended the programme organised by DoIP under the economic affairs ministry.

A similar programme was also conducted for the faculties and trainees of the Institute of Zorig Chusum in Trashiyangtse on October 9. A total of 145 participants attended the programme.

Staff Reporter