Intellectual Property Rights

World Intellectual Property Day Observed at Lok Virsa
19/08/2019

A panel discussion on the eve of World Intellectual Property Day was held here at Shakarparian under the aegis of Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage), Rural Development Policy Institute (RDPI) and Centre for Culture & Development (C2D). The theme was “Traditional knowledge, folklore and intellectual property rights in Pakistan”. Federal Secretary, Ministry of National Heritage and Integration, Asaf...

To Give or Not To Give Patents to Plant Breeders?
18/08/2019

Different views were presented at a seminar on Tuesday on the Plant Breeder Rights (PBR) Bill 2012, pending in the National Assembly (NA) since March 2012, and the impact of genetically modified (GM) seeds on indigenous crop varieties in Pakistan. The seminar titled ‘Biodiversity Under Threat: Traditional Knowledge and Plant Breeders Rights Bill,’ was held at the HRCP office with Sajjad Bhutta, the Director General of the Intellectual Property...

Software Piracy in Pakisan
18/08/2019

According to a recent Business Software Alliance survey, 57 percent of the global computer users confess to pirating software. Yes, you heard it right, 57 percent. It is hard to believe, especially right here in Pakistan, that just 57 percent people are software pirates.  Studies conducted since 2003 to 2012 by BSA and IDC have shown that throughout the last decade, software piracy rate in Pakistan has remained around 86% without any significant...

NGOs Demand Reconsideration of Plant Breeders' Rights Bill
04/08/2019

Demanding that Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill 2010 should not be passed in haste as it needed more time to be debated by the stakeholders concerned, the civil society organizations on Wednesday asked the government to postpone the bill and to let the new National Assembly after the next general elections to consider it. This was said in a seminar “Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) Bill 2010” held by the Centre for Culture and Development (C2D),...

Intellectual Property Rights in Pakistan: Problems & Prospects
04/08/2019

World Intellectual Property Day (World IP Day)  is celebrated every year on April 26, to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life and to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe. World IP Day offers an exciting chance each year to join with others around the globe, to highlight, discuss and demonstrate the importance of...