The two-day International Workshop (24th & 25th February, 2017) on ‘Intellectual Property, Commercial and Emerging Laws’ was organized by the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Vijayawada.
The workshop aimed at bringing awareness on the current intellectual property ecosystem and issued a clarion call to protect intangible assets, especially innovation and creativity, a key ingredient of any modern economy.
The Chief Guest of the workshop was Hon’ble Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu.
The Guest of Honour was Hon’ble Justice Madan Lokur, Judge, Supreme Court and the Special Guest was Hon’ble Justice Akira Katase, Judge, Intellectual Property High Court, Japan.
The other eminent dignitaries were Hon’ble Justice N.V Ramana, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Hon’ble Justice Ramesh Ranganathan, Hon’ble Justice G Rohini, Chief Justice, High Court of Delhi and Hon’ble Justice V. Ramasubramanian, Judge, High Court of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Mr. J. Krishna Kishore, Chief Executive Officer, Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board welcomed the delegation. In this welcome address he said that our inventors, creators and artists need a well-tailored, robust protection of their creations on real-time basis, not only to enjoy their fruits of labour, but their innovation can fuel enterprises and continue to enhance productivity, for Andhra Pradesh, technology, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship are not our clear competitive advantages, but also our significant priorities.A dynamic, vibrant and balanced IPR regime will involve more Indians file different forms of IP like patents, trademarks, etc. Andhra Pradesh should gain by envisaging a utility model that greatly benefits micro, small and medium sector enterprises. As we look to the future, not just organisations, but also governments must revamp its structures, culture and working styles to effectively embrace intellectual property. CEO added that Andhra Pradesh is one of the few states to come out with a comprehensive Cyber Security Policy, this policy covers decisiveness and clarity on cyber security and privacy. In the future, we would need supporting regulations for IoT, machine learning, driver less cars, augmented reality and even robots, when they start stealing our jobs.
Hon'ble Chief Minister remarked that unlike 40 years ago where most of the spending was on developing fixed assets, today, we see most of our spending on creating intellectual property.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister also said that the need to create intellectual property is important, but the need to protect intellectual property is even more significant.
Chief Minister said that the state was the first in India to implement a hybrid data centre which would propel the state to the next level of e-governance maturity. Mr. Naidu added that the state was one of the few states in the country to have a comprehensive Cyber Security Policy and will create a strong cadre of cyber security professionals.
Andhra Pradesh was becoming a hub for fin-tech companies as the state embarks on its culture of innovation, the Chief Minister added.
Hon'ble Chief Minister said that IIDT, Tirupati is planning to excel in Augmented Reality; Andhra Pradesh was the first state in Asia to use block-chain technology to fight Cyber Crime. A block-chain university in collaboration with UC Berkeley is being planned in Vishakhapatnam.
Amaravati will have a justice city of 3300 acres where the judicial ecosystem of high courts, local courts and tribunals, legal firms, para-legal training centres, legal research institutes and a justice knowledge centre would be established.
The Chief Minister also added that he is fortunate to take part in the third industrial revolution and was gearing the state to usher in the fourth industrial revolution.
The Chief Minister added that Andhra Pradesh has already ushered in the fourth industrial revolution through IoT, sensors, machine learning, predictive modelling, cloud computing, big data and real-time tracking.
Chief Minister also complemented the commercial courts in Andhra Pradesh being ranked No.1 on the Ease of Doing Business.
Hon'ble Mr.Justice Madan B Lokur a Judge at the Supreme Court said there is a need to keep up with the times. He said that commercial courts should be established in Andhra Pradesh similar to the ones in Delhi and Mumbai. He stressed the need to protect Intellectual Property and said that judicial reforms would be required. He also said that arbitration is expensive in developed countries of the world and India could benefit from exploring alternative models which are cost effective and efficient. India should embark on developing a model customized to India's legal structure.
Hon'ble Supreme Court Judge N.V. Ramana appealed to Chief Minister to establish a judiciary academy in Andhra Pradesh to improve legal research and to empower lawyers of the region, pointing out that Visakhapatnam is in currently second place for cyber-crimes after Bengaluru.
Hon'ble Mr.Justice Ramesh Ranganathan, acting Chief Justice at the High Court of judicature for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, said that Judiciary should gear up to face challenges in the present scenario of development.
Hon'ble Mr.Justice Akira Katase a Judge at the intellectual property High Court of Japan explained on the judicial system of Japan and how IP-related cases are handled there. He explained IP-related civil appeal cases and technology related action, including cases pertaining to patent rights.
Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Ms.Justice G.Rohini said that commercial divisions should be constituted to keep up with the changing situations.
Hon'ble Mr.Justice V. Ramasubramanian, a Judge at the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, predicted that Vijayawada would soon emerge as economic capital of India.