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THE PHARMA REVIEW (MAR 2010)

Careers in Intellectual Property Rights – India & International

Dr. Sanjay S. Toshniwal

Introduction
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is statutory expression to the moral and economic rights of creators in their creations. Intellectual property rights safeguard creators and other producers of intellectual goods and services by granting them certain time-limited rights to control the use made of those productions. These rights also promote creativity and the dissemination and application of its results and encourage fair-trading, which contributes to economic and social development.
Intellectual Property is a complex issue. Intellectual Property Laws, as the name suggests, is the creation and outcome of the human intellect. Rights attached to such creation of property from the human mind are referred to as IPR.
IPR is not a modern concept; its roots can be traced back in the 15th century when invention of the printing press enabled copying of literary works. That was the beginning of the journey of IPRs that has now taken a global shape in the form of World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement.
The importance of intellectual property rights can be gauged from the fact that almost every country including India has specific laws to protect the various forms of intellectual property.

 

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