A one-day IPR Awareness for students, research scholars, and faculty members was held at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences Deemed to be University on 26th April 2023, celebrating World Intellectual Property Day.

The event was marked by a series of discussions in workshop format conducted to make stakeholders aware of the need for IPR, types of IPR, encouragement provided by the Government, such as the KAPILA scheme, and the process of securing various kinds of IPR.

Dr Sagarika Nayak, Dr Yasobanta Das, Dr Gaurishankar Beriha, Dr Snigdharani Panda, Dr Priyoneel Basu and Dr Vimal Kumar Pandey shared their experiences as successful applicants for various IPR instruments, including product patents, design patents, and copyrights. The processes, government costs, mandatory procedures, and legal aspects of each IPR instrument were discussed.  Proposals that could not be patented under extant IPR regulations were also discussed.

Seventy-five students, 40 faculty members and 106 research scholars participated in the event in three separate mini-workshops. The participants were also encouraged to perform IPR searches using publicly available patent search engines and determine the novelty and feasibility of their ideas. The IPR Cell and KISS Institutional Incubation Centre coordinated the event, with support and input from KIIT-TBI and the patent office in Kolkata.