The Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) had established a Central Scheme of Intellectual Property Education, Research and Public Outreach (IPERPO) under which IPR Chairs were set up. After that Department for Promotion of Industries and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, launched a Scheme for Pedagogy & Research in IPRs for Holistic Education & Academia (SPRIHA) in the year 2016 under which IPR Chairs have been set up in select universities and academic institutes. This was in accordance National IPR Policy launched by the Government of India in 2016, which proclaims, as one of the objectives under section 7.2 as, “Strengthen IP Chairs in educational institutes of higher learning to provide quality teaching and research develop teaching capacity and curricula and evaluate their work on performance based criteria.”
DPIIT has formulated the norms for establishing and functioning of the IPR Chair under SPRIHA. Accordingly, the University has appointed Dr. Pinaki Ghosh, Senior Adviser KPMG as IPR Chair Professor with effect from 25.09.2019.
The objectives for creation and institution of IPR Chairs under SPRIHA are to encourage the study of, education in and research on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), as well as to promote outreach in IPRs, as elaborated below:
Dr. Pinaki Ghosh is M.Sc (MATH) from I.I.T, Khagragpur and Ph.D. in Image Processing (Image Analysis with Morphological Concept from Jadavpur University & Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta (ISI, Kolkata).
In the 1st half (1997 to 2002) in GE, He was the researcher and filed 26 patents and 20 papers. Before GE, he had a stint at the DRDO missile division, Hyderabad, immediately after my Masters in Mathematics from IIT KGP and Ph.D. in “Image Processing” from Jadavpur University & ISI Calcutta. He was Head, Innovation & Intellectual Property Cell, Infosys Technology Ltd. from 2005 to 2011. The IP Cell team has been instrumental in establishing several IP processes and systems to create and extract value from IP protection and mitigate/minimize IP risks exposure of the company. Several IP guidelines, policies, and processes were institutionalized in the company through rigorous efforts. Based on these processes, etc., systems were designed and deployed by the team across the company to achieve both the defensive and offensive IP strategy of the company. He has joined as AVP and Head IP & TIM, Central IP Team, Reliance Industries Ltd since 2011 to 2015. Currently, He is a Senior Advisor at KPMG, India. He is joined as IPR Chair Professor at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences. Dr. Ghosh used to regularly visit the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, and RGSOIPL, IIT Kharagpur, to conduct lectures on IPR. He is also a member of the CII National Committee on Technology and IPR and the National Committee of Intellectual Property Owners. Dr. Ghosh is the core committee member of the IP of CII, FICCI, and ASSOCHAM.