Guest Lecture on “Patents, Designs & Trademarks” by Mr. Prashant Singh; Examiner of Patents & Designs, Patent Office, New Delhi on 14th September 2022

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Recently, the B.S. Anangpuria Institute of Law, Faridabad, hosted Mr. Prashant Singh, who provided an insightful lecture on the subject of “Patents, Designs & Trademarks” to our students. The seminar was organized by the Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trademarks, and the key purpose was to impart the students with the requisite awareness about Intellectual Property (IP). During the address, Mr. Singh shed light on various legal aspects related to IP and achieved his desired outcome of instilling enthusiasm among the audience about protecting their intellectual property. It was further nailed in by his ideology of an aggressive approach to protecting the integrity of one’s IP rights. He emphasized that for India to achieve our Honorable Prime Minister’s goal of self-sufficiency, we must respect Intellectual Property Rights. His remarks about the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” plan provided much-needed clarity.

Concerning terminologies and ideas, Mr. Singh talked about Patents, IPR Terminologies, and Types of Patent applications. He also explained the process of filing a Patent Application. The Copyrights Act, 1957The Trademarks Act, 1999The Patent Act, 1970 (amended in 2005), The Designs Act, 2000, and The Geographical Indication of Goods Act, 1999 were also touched upon. Additionally, Mr. Singh provided knowledge about the patent specifications per the Patent Act 1970. He shed light on aspects such as the requirements for a grant of patents, registration, and other procedures for fulfilling five requisites for the grant of patents. He also emphasized that disclosure of an invention, the novelty of the idea, and its innovativeness should also be made clear.

Mr. Prashant Singh’s interactive session proved invaluable to students and teachers alike. He exposed our pupils to an array of career avenues in the Government Sector, Corporate Firms, IPR Litigation, and Patent Agent & Trademark. His knowledge about the legal aspects of IPR provided a unique point-of-view that all attendees cherished.