India Launches Mobile App to Help Startups, SMEs Protect their IPRs
The Modi government, on 14th October 2019, has launched a dedicated mobile app and website to assist Indian startups and SMEs with the Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). DPIIT, the Department for the Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade along with Qualcomm and National Law University, Delhi, has developed these dedicated tools.
Guruprasad Mohapatra, secretary DPIIT, said that startups and small companies are more tuned into investment-making and risk-taking, but lack legal knowledge. The recently launched website and app, which aim at aiding startups and SMEs to learn to safeguard and maximize their innovations, would be useful for enterprises and startups holding great promise for the nation and its economy. In the present age, where we are at the inception of the fourth industrial revolution, the interface between technology and law is continuously growing. Therefore, it is essential to have a specialized site and app that could help startups and SMEs with the Intellectual Property (IP) processes, he added.
Like the Start-up India scheme, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi three years ago, the site and app launched now would also encourage the culture of innovation in India. At present, there are over 20,000 recognized start-ups running in all 28 states. Although IPRs obtained by Indian startups are considered imperative for the success of the fourth industrial revolution, the lack of knowledge regarding legal provisions turns it difficult for newbies to capitalize on their innovation.
IPR Protection for Not Just Start-ups
The e-learning platforms – L2Pro India IP e-learning Website and the L2Pro India Mobile App will help not only startups but also innovators, entrepreneurs, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in comprehending IPRs for their protection and ownership. Besides, the individuals and organizations can use this mobile app and IPR learning portal to integrate IP into their business models and reap benefits of their research and development (R&D) efforts.
The L2Pro has already been implemented in several foreign countries, including Germany, UK, Italy, and France. In India, the learning app and portal have been customized to make sure that the innovations of startups are protected, managed, and commercialized.
Different Modules for Different Levels
The L2Pro India IP e-learning platform holds eleven (11) modules for three different levels, ranging from basic to intermediate and advanced. Every single module out of these 11 includes e-text, short animated videos associated with the concept, links to additional sources on the subject. It also covers quizzes for assessment and grading the users’ knowledge and understanding of the subject. Learners can access the L2Pro IP e-learning platforms on their computers (desktop, laptop, etc.) and mobiles (Android and iOS), and they will be given e-certificates by CIPAM-DPIIT and NLU, Delhi and Qualcomm on successful completion of the e-learning modules. For more visit: https://www.kashishipr.com/
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