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IMPHAL April 26: Intellectual Property facility Centre, Manipur and Manipur Science and Technology Council (MASTEC) in collaboration with the All Manipur Industrialists Foundation, Imphal observed the World Intellectual Property day- 2011 at MSME- Development Institute, Takyel Industrial Estate, Imphal, today.
With an objective to create awareness about Intellectual Property Rights, the World Intellectual Property day was also observed at Imphal at the premises of MSME- Development Institute, Takyal Industrial Estate, under the theme Designing the Future. The function was sponsored by the ministry of Micro, Small and medium Enterprise, government of India.
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is a general term covering patents, copyright, trademark, industrial designs, geographical indications, layout design of integrated circuits, undisclosed information (trade secrets) and new plant varieties.
Th. Surendranath Singh, Executive Director, MASTEC, in his presidential speech, said that we must adopt innovation culture and should encouraged Innovative and creative minds. Information Property Rights would not have existed if there were no innovators, inventers, scientists, etc, he further added.
 He also gave a brief account on IPR and its relevance and significance in our developing society.
Speaking on the occasion as the guest of honour, Th. Baite, deputy director i/c, MSMC-D.I., Imphal, said that most of the developing countries lack awareness in Intellectual Property Rights. He added that the IPR has a vast responsibility.
Many awareness campaigns on IPR at schools, colleges, universities, etc in the form of lectures, seminars and workshops are in the pipeline he further added.
The other dignitaries on the dais included N. Santa Singh, chairman, All Manipur Industrialist Foundation, Imphal and Prof N Rajmohan Singh, Chemistry Dept., M.U., as the special guest and resource person respectively.
 Many invitees, students and media persons from both Print and Electronics were also attended the function.

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