South Asian countries countries have embarked on a journey to create a research and innovation ecosystem through higher education programs with the support from the World Bank. This is aligned with the unique opportunity that a knowledge economy offers to nations — where technology and IP focused enterprises drive the economy and development of the nation. Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) established by the Bangladesh government under Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP)is systematically funding universities to enhance the quality of their research infrastructure and to promote relevance-based translational research through university-industry collaboration. All these efforts are leading towards creation, protection and commercialization of the intellectual property (IP).
The process of inventions and filing of patents has begun, and more patent applications are in the pipeline to be filed in US, Bangladesh and other countries. It was imperative for the researchers who have invention disclosures to fully understand the next stages of their patent filing, prosecution, and technology transfer and commercialization. QLeap Academy (qleap.in) designed and successfully offered practical, hands-on, experiential 3 week training program on IP creation, protection, and monetization to the key university professors and government officials in the month of September 2018.
The hands-on training program was delivered with the help of experts, practitioners, and pioneers working in India and USA in the areas of IP and technology transfer. Along with the classroom training, all the participants worked on live projects and made visits to various research organizations and companies to experience and learn the best practices of IP and technology transfer for implementation in Bangladesh.
Topics Covered in the Training Program
Three weeks training program was focused on providing practical training on effectively managing IP and technology licensing covering all facets of IP in the following areas:
1. Patent search and analysis
2. Drafting provisional and full patent applications in different geographies
3. Responding to office actions during the prosecution of patents
4. Assessment of freedom to practice of the inventions
5. Handling pre- and post-grant opposition
6. Process of technology licensing and transfer
7. IP and technology valuation process and methodology
8. Drafting legal contracts during third party engagement and licensing
9. IP and technology due diligence
10. Working with IP Attorney, Patent Office, and Industry
The workshop included Master Class from Dr. RA Mashelkar (Global Thought Leader in IP and Innovation) and Dr. S. Sivaram (Former Directors of National Chemical Laboratory, Pune) who shared their deep insights and their pioneering work of decades in the areas of IP. The practioners of IP from USA and India includin Dr. Charles Brumlik, Dr. R. Hirwani, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Dr. Aravind Chinchure, Dr. Shyam Vasudevrao, Mr. Hasit Seth, Mr. Rohit Deshpande, Mr. Abhishek Choudhury, and others shared their experience, insights, processes, methods, frameworks on all facets of IP.
All the participants of the workshop are applying the knowledge in their efforts in research, technology and innovation to drive the economy and development of the nation.