INNOPAT 2nd edition jointly organised by IESA and IPexcel with MeitY, IIT Kharagpur Alumni Association and others

IESA and IPexcel hosted ‘INNOPAT

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, and IPexcel, a technology research and consulting firm founded by IIT Kharagpur alumni hosted ‘INNOPAT’- a first of its kind Social Initiative to promote & showcase Innovative Proprietary (Patented) Technologies in India.

The conference was supported by Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), Government of India and Dept. of IT, BT & ST, Government of Karnataka.

In its second edition, the focus is on addressing the practical issues in patents experienced by innovators and address specific challenges. INNOPAT, the day-long conference had interesting sessions such as Do-It-Yourself patent filing workshop, the outlook of investors on patent driven start-ups, most innovative idea contest, case studies of successful start-ups, IP strategy for growing businesses and a live consultation desk to evaluate the patentability of ideas.

The keynote address was presented by Mr. Wilhelm Weise, Head of Development Centre, ABB India. Other prominent speakers included Dr. A.K Garg, Director (HOD International Cooperation & Bilateral Trade, IPR) MeitY, Government of India, Mr. Arnob Roy, President, Optical Products, Tejas Networks, Mr. Vishwaprasad Alva, MD, Skanray, Mr. Anand Madanagopal, Founder, Cardiac Design Labs, Mr. Advith Dhuddu, Founder, Alivenow and Dr. Partha P Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur who addressed the audience. The event also saw participation from various angel networks and venture capital firms such as Kalaari Capital, Bharat Innovation Fund, Lead Angels, Qualcomm Ventures, StartupXSeed and KITVEN Funds as well as corporates such as IBM, General Electric, Samsung, and Philips.

Speaking about INNOPAT, Dr. A.K Garg, Director (HOD International Cooperation & Bilateral Trade, IPR), said, “With a focus to promote value added growth, various initiatives to develop new and innovate in indigenous technologies in India which can compete at the global platform, have been implemented. IPR is one of the important tools to foster innovation in India and help technology driven startups to flourish. Therefore, the GOI is focussing not only on creating awareness about IPR and Government policies regarding IPR but also strengthening the protection enforcement and commercialization of IPR through various means.

M N Vidyashankar, President, IESA, said, “INNOPAT was conceptualised to help entrepreneurs navigate through the patent filing process in our country. We see immense enthusiasm amongst the young innovators of today. The process hitherto arduous has now been simplified, with the Government of India revising guidelines. IESA has always encouraged startups to build and scale, and we have always tried to provide an opportunity to showcase their work to the industry. INNOPAT is another initiative in this direction.”

The first edition of INNOPAT took place in Pune with more than 100 attendees. The second edition was held on Friday, July 14th2017 at The Novotel, Bangalore.

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