युक्ती हीने विचारे तु धर्महानि प्रजायते


The WBNUJS IP Meet 2023 was organised by DPIIT IPR Chair, The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata and Centre for Regulatory Studies, Governance and Public Policy, WBNUJS at WBNUJS campus. The theme of the Meet was ‘Inclusiveness of Women’s Power Through IPR – A Bottom Up of the Pyramid Approach’. The Patron in Chief was Prof. Dr. N. K. Chakrabarti, Vice Chancellor, WBNUJS; Patron of the event was Dr. Pinaki Ghosh, DPIIT IPR Chair, WBNUJS and the Convenor was Dr. Jayanta Ghosh, Head and Research Fellow, CRSGPP, WBNUJS. As this year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign, conducted by WIPO is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements of women inventors, creators and entrepreneurs around the world, and to make efforts to promote inclusion and diversity in all areas of IP work, to ensure the development of innovation ecosystems that are accessible to all genders. On the same line of agenda, the WBNUJS IP Meet event was an effort to spread awareness about inclusiveness of women power through IPR as a whole, specifically through Geographical Indication (GI). The event involves discussions over empowerment of women from the grassroot level through GI. The inaugural session was held on 29th of April 2023 and some of the important dignitaries who graced the session were Prof. (Dr.) N.K. Chakrabarti, Vice-Chancellor, WBNUJS, Kolkata; Shri Raja Chakraborty, Registrar, WBNUJS; Dr. B P Singh, Former Chairman In-Charge & Technical Member (IPAB), Govt. of India; Prof. DP Mishra, Director NITTTR, Kolkata; Shri Jagdish Swaroop, Ex Deputy Registrar, Copyright Board, Govt. of India; Prof. Dipak Kumar Kar, Vice Chancellor Sidho Kanha Birsha University; Mr. Subhatosh Majumdar, Advocates, S. Majumdar & Co., Advocates, Patent and Trademark Attorneys; Shri Pankaj Dutta, Retired IPS officer; Dr. (Mrs.) Viswajanani J Sattigeri, TKDL Registrar; and Shri Haripada Bhowmik (Historian); Dr. Pinaki Ghosh (DPIIT IPR Chair Professor, WBNUJS) and Dr. Jayanta Ghosh (Head & Research Fellow, CRSGPP WBNUJS).
Prof. (Dr.) N.K. Chakrabarti inaugurated the session by delivering the welcome address. He stated the importance of addressing the needs and rights of the socially disadvantaged groups and as a legal university we can take part in helping them. He welcomed all the speakers and also stated that Hon’ble Justice Ashim Kumar Roy, Retd. Justice, Calcutta High Court was not able to attend the programme in person but extended his support for the programme and wished the best for the programme.
The conference also aimed to showcase various traditional cultural expressions of West Bengal at the national and international platforms which showcased the bowl artists of Shantiniketan, Chhau dance performers of Purulia district, Baharupiya Dance form, etc. The event discussed various intricate issues related to GIs such as postregistration quality control regulations and marketing awareness, such discussions involved various legal experts, academicians, and administrative officials from across the country and overseas distinguished scholars of IPRs. The conference focused on the unresolved issues related to the GI such as multilateral registered and GI extension provisions under the TRIPS agreement and generating awareness about GI among producers and consumers through Mock Trial on GI infringement.
The valedictory session of the two-day WBNUJS IP Meet 2023 was held on 30th April, 2023. Dr. Jayanta Ghosh delivered the vote of thanks for the Meet. He extended his regards to Prof. (Dr) N.K. Chakrabarti for his support and Dr. Pinaki Ghosh for the collaborative effort. He also thanked the technical staff of WBNUJS and all the other volunteers. He thanked the sponsors of the event and the participants and all other artists who showcased their art and talent in the Meet. Prof. (Dr) N.K. Chakrabarti (Vice Chancellor, WBNUJS) deliberated the closing address and stated that this programme was a platform for many artisans and a great learning opportunity for all the participants. He appreciated the academic discussions in the two-day meet and he congratulated the organising team for the effort. Dr. Pinaki Ghosh also delivered his final vote of thanks. Thereafter the certificates were distributed and the two-day WBNUJS IP Meet 2023 was declared closed.

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