Karuppur kalamkari paintings, Kallakurichi wood carvings get geographical indication (GI) tags

What is the News? Karuppur kalamkari paintings and the Kallakurichi wood carvings have received geographical indication (GI) tags. What are Karuppur kalamkari paintings? Karuppur Kalamkari paintings are done in Karuppur and its surrounding villages in Tamil Nadu. Purpose: The paintings are done on pure cotton cloth and are predominantly used in temples for umbrella covers,… Continue reading Karuppur kalamkari paintings, Kallakurichi wood carvings get geographical indication (GI) tags

Growing locally: On significance of GI tags

Synopsis: Geographical Indications tag is an opportunity for India to redefine the future of work using automation, technology and artificial intelligence while simultaneously enhancing and adorning the country’s talented local work force. Introduction India’s global brand recall and attributes of multi-cultural ethos, authenticity, and ethnic diversity are reason for increasing the country’s potential. One channel… Continue reading Growing locally: On significance of GI tags

Naga Cucumber from Nagaland gets GI tag

What is the News? Nagaland’s “sweet cucumber” was awarded a geographical identification (GI) tag as an agricultural product under provisions of The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. About Naga Cucumber Cucumber is one of the most important crops in the Northeast region. Nagaland ranks as the 5th in area and 3rd… Continue reading Naga Cucumber from Nagaland gets GI tag

Assam’s rice wine Judima gets GI tag

What is the News? Judima has been awarded the geographical indication (GI) tag. What is Judima? Judima is a rice wine made from sticky rice (glutinous rice called Bora) which is steamed and mixed with traditional herbs called Thembra (Acacia pennata). The wine is a speciality of the Dimasa tribe of the state (Assam) and… Continue reading Assam’s rice wine Judima gets GI tag

Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2021 Notified

What is the News? The Union Government has introduced the Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2021. What are the key features of Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2021? Patent Fees for Educational Institutions Reduced Educational institutions engage in many research activities, where professors and teachers and students generate several new technologies which need to be patented for facilitating commercialization… Continue reading Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2021 Notified

The town of Wooden toys

What is the news? Recently, a Welfare Association of wooden toymakers named Ambasamudram Bharani Mara Varna Kadasal Artisans has applied for the Geographical Indications tag for  Choppu Samaan. What is Choppu Samaan? It is a traditional toy for kids. It is a kitchen set that is made up of fine wood with polished edges. Furthermore, it… Continue reading The town of Wooden toys

A report that is at odds with access to knowledge

Source: The Hindu Relevance: To understand the copyright act Synopsis: The copyright act should provide education for all. It should also respect the rights of publishers. So we need to attain a balance between the two. Journey of Education through court cases Supreme Court (SC) in various judgements has expanded the right of education Miss Mohini Jain vs… Continue reading A report that is at odds with access to knowledge

India records 572% growth in grant of Patents in last 7 years

Source: PIB What is the News? The Minister of Commerce and Industry has conferred the National Intellectual Property Awards 2020. About National Intellectual Property Awards: Given by: Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks(CGPDTM), Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Aim: To recognize and reward… Continue reading India records 572% growth in grant of Patents in last 7 years

In a world first, South Africa grants patent to an artificial intelligence system

Source: The Hindu What is the news? Recently, South Africa granted a patent to an Artificial Intelligence system named DABUS, for invention of “food containers based on fractal geometry”.  The AI has designed interlocking food containers that are easy for robots to grasp. It should be noted that the UK’s Intellectual Property Office and the… Continue reading In a world first, South Africa grants patent to an artificial intelligence system

KVIC’s Unique Plastic-Mixed Handmade Paper gets Patent for Invention to Recycle Waste Plastic

Source: PIB What is the News? Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has secured Patent registration for its innovative Plastic-mixed Handmade Paper developed to reduce plastic menace from nature. About Plastic Mixed Handmade Paper: Plastic Mixed Handmade Paper was developed by a team of scientists of KVIC’s Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute (KNHPI). The paper… Continue reading KVIC’s Unique Plastic-Mixed Handmade Paper gets Patent for Invention to Recycle Waste Plastic