World IP Day celebrated by BIPF

In celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, Bangladesh IP Forum (BIPF) held a boot camp, “Volunteer for Intellectual Property” (VIP), on May 2, 2017 at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of University of Dhaka to raise awareness on the importance of intellectual property rights (IPR).

On the fourth year this preparation has been held, 300 college students and youthful business people were prepared on fundamental intellectual property (IP) issues, for example, copyright, trademark, patent and designs, with the aim to develop attention to the significance of intellectual property rights (IPR). Manzurur Rahman, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information, called for attention to the requirement for IP mindfulness so that no other Bangladeshi needs to meet an indistinguishable destiny as the late Lucky Akhand, and included that one ought to look for legitimate help for one’s intangible property the way one would for tangible property. Barrister ABM Hamidul Mishbah, Founder of Bangladesh IP Forum, highlighted the significance of IP mindfulness in the flourishing “idea market”, where even youthful youngsters are making recreations.

Speakers at the event included Ministry of Information Additional Secretary Md Manzurur Rahman; Bangladesh Copyright and IP Forum founder Barrister ABM Hamidul Mishbah; Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services President Mustafa Jabbar; Copyright Office Registrar Jafor R Chowdhury; Director of Access to Information (A2i) Programme under Prime Minister’s Office Md Mustafizur Rahman; Kazi Food Industries Ltd CEO Tanvir Haider Chaudhury; Dr Nuzhat Chowdhury of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University; filmmaker Asif Munier; and Unmad Editor Ahsan Habib.

Other speakers were Director of Leveraging ICT under ICT Division Sami Ahmed; Bangladesh Organisation for Learning & Development Founder President Quazi M Ahmed; former CEO of IBM Bangladesh and stand-up comedian Naveed Mahbub; Dhaka University Assistant Professor Arif Jamil; Aamra Networks Ltd Head of Marketing Solaiman Shukhon; Gweebarra Bakery Industry Ltd Director Quaseed Abd-Allah Chowdhury, and Bangladesh Innovation Forum Founder Ariful Hasan Opu.

The event was inaugurated by Her Excellence Leoni Cuelenaere, Honourable Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Bangladesh. The closing ceremony was presided over by Programme Director of A2i Kabir Bin Anwar, who presented the certificates to the participants.

Upon completion of the training, the volunteers are presently anticipated that they would spread IP mindfulness and go about as ministers of IPR in their groups and systems.

The VIP 2017 event was sponsored by Bellissimo Ice Cream, Kazi Food Kitchen, Microsoft, and Gweebarra Bakery Industry Ltd.

Author: Abin T Sam, Jr.Patent Associate at Khurana & Khurana Advocates and IP Attorneys.

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