The functions of the Innovation Protection Unit (IPU) inter alia include:
- Protection of CSIR IP - file, prosecute and maintain the inventions generated by CSIR labs nationally and internationally;
- File and protect other IPs (Trademarks, Designs, Copyrights);
- Police the CSIR IP for infringement and enforcement of IPR;
- Update the IP coordinators and scientists w.r.t changes in IP laws;
- Stimulate and encourage increased creativity and innovation in CSIR to gain economic advantage;
- Develop skills amongst the scientists to understand, interpret and analyse the techno-legal and business information contained in patents and other IP documents;
- Manipulate the patent portfolio, defensively and aggressively, to forge strategic alliances / international S&T collaborations, to gain business advantage and ward off competition;
- Mobilize and influence national and international thinking on IP related issues and concerns; and
- Creation of IP awareness among School Students, Scientists, Academists and others who want to protect their IPs.
The CSIR IP policy aimed
"To maximise the benefits to CSIR from its intellectual capital by stimulating higher levels of innovation through a judicious system of rewards, ensuring timely and effective legal protection for its IP and leveraging and forging strategic alliances for enhancing the value of its IP".
Effective management of Intellectual Property Rights has placed CSIR as an organization on the global IPR radar. CSIR adopted a centralized operation for its IPR protection.
Innovation Protection Unit (IPU) protects intellectual property rights at national and international level for the results of important R&D carried out in the various CSIR Laboratories and CSIR schemes like NMITLI projects etc. The activities encompass protection of all types of intellectual property generated in CSIR that include patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights, etc.
The in-house Patent Cell/Unit was upgraded into Intellectual Property Management Division (IPMD) in 1995, now renamed as Innovation Protection Unit (IPU), to meet the post-WTO challenges in IP generation, protection and capacity building. Hence, with the coming into force of WTO, this Unit took up the professional management of Intellectual Property (IP) as a valuable resource. IPU has made massive efforts in the capacity building on diverse aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Innovation and Technology Management.
The main responsibilities of the Unit were initially confined to obtaining patent protection for the inventions developed in the constituent laboratories of CSIRand CSIR schemes. The process involved in the management of IP includes capturing, filing, prosecution and maintenance of patents. However, other forms of IPs like trademarks, designs, copyrights, plant patent, etc. are also protected by this unit.
The activities thus cover the framing of the techno-legal-commercial patent application as per the requirements of the different countries, prosecuting these to secure the IP rights and subsequently safeguarding and maintaining the CSIR’sIP property.