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Contribution, sharing, collaboration and fostering are key to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): Hon’ble Justice Anish Dayal, Delhi High Court

Apr 24, 2024

NEW DELHI, 24 April 2024: Hon’ble Justice Anish Dayal, Delhi High Court, today while addressing the run-up event to ‘World IP Day 2024’, on the theme – ‘IP and the SDGs: Building Our Common Future with Innovation and Creativity’, organized by FICCI, said that Intellectual Property (IP) is synonymous with innovation and the soul of innovation is creativity. “Contribution, sharing, collaboration and fostering are the key to achieving SDG goals and make life better for future generations. There is no better time than now when we are at tipping point of climate change to work towards these SDGs,” he added.


Justice Dayal stated that the theme of this year’s World IP Day the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) give us a recognizable visible target for 2030 and the role of IP is crucial in it. “Today, most of the innovations are driven by the market and consumers,” he added.


Speaking on the innovation in Intellectual Property cases, Justice Dayal further stated that the Intellectual Property Division (IPD) at Delhi High Court has now become an adjudicatory institution and 1,000 cases were filed since its inception 2 years back and 1300 cases in 2022 including trademarks, copyrights and patents. We have appointed technical advisors to deal with issues related to patents and the IPD is working to ensure resolution through the mediation process, he highlighted.


Mr Daren Tang, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization while addressing virtually said, “At a time when the world urgently needs ideas and inspiration to overcome common challenges, Intellectual Property will encourage them to strengthen the existing solution and creating new ones. This makes IP integral, not just to handful of goals of SDGs but across all 17 SDGs. As per analysis of WIPO, only 15 per cent of goals are on track. Indian startups, entrepreneurs and business of all sizes must use IP to grow, develop and move to changing needs of the market.”


Prof Unnat P Pandit, Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trademarks, Intellectual Property Office, Govt of India said that addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is our primary challenge where we need solutions, and IP-driven solutions are crucial for every researcher, scientist, and technocrat. He also stated that we need technology driven system which is the pressing need for transformation. “Collectively, we must find ways to offer unique, India-specific solutions that are also applicable globally,” he added.


Ms Himani Pande, Additional Secretary, DPIIT said that the SDGs are very broad based and can easily be used in any system including government policies and schemes. The real challenge for India is to focus on skilling the young population which calls for much more harmonization across the country, she added.


Commodore (Retd) Amit Rastogi, CMD, National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt of India said that we need to innovate, and IP monetization is the key. IP solutions should benefit the masses and our actions should primarily prioritize people, he stated.


Mr Suvashis Choudhary, Think Tank Member, IPR Committee & Chief Security Commissioner, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said, “In today's knowledge-driven economy, innovation and creativity are indispensable drivers of progress. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) provide a legal framework that incentivizes and protects the creations of inventors, artists, and entrepreneurs, thereby fostering innovation and stimulating economic growth.”


Mr Sanjiv Shankar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India, highlighted that the significance of intellectual property extends beyond safeguarding ideas to fostering an innovative future. Emphasizing specific Sustainable Development Goals, he underscored the accessibility of intellectual property rights to all, including marginalized and indigenous communities. Furthermore, he asserted that robust copyright laws not only nurture culture but also serve as a driving force for creative endeavors.

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