The Patent Information Centre set up by the government to promote patent-related applications from individuals and firms in the state is in the process of becoming fully functional.
The department of science and technology informed that through the Goa State Council for Science and Technology, it had initiated the process to set up Patent Information Centre under the scheme of the central government’s department of science and technology.
“The same got approved during the end of the financial year 2018-19 and will be made fully functional by the end of August, 2019,” it revealed, adding that no one in the state has received patent in the year 2018-19.
“For the purpose of effective functioning of the PIC, a nodal officer has been nominated from the Goa State Council for Science and Technology, along with appointment of one project mode staff on contractual basis through the funding of the central government department,” the state department of science and technology stated, pointing out, “Both the above officials were provided training in patents and other IPRs in the month of May 2019 at the Rajeev Gandhi National
Institute of IPR management, Nagpur, Maharashtra.”
It was further informed that the process of procurement of computers and other equipment has been initiated for the centre under the scheme.
“The process for organising a workshop in August, 2019 for creating awareness amongst the stakeholders on patent and other intellectual property rights such as design, trademark, and Geographical Indications is initiated in which the announcement of available facilities will be made through the state council authorities,” the department clarified, adding that the patent holders would however not be given any extra benefits by state government.
The state, it may be recalled, had gone through a lot of struggle in acquiring a patent for the cashew feni.