A roundtable discussion on “The enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Mizoram and Trade in Counterfeit Products in Context of India’s Act East Policy” was held at the Secretariat Conference Hall, New Capital Complex, Aizawl today - January 30, 2018. The programme was organized by Universal Research Foundation and United States Patent & Trade Mark Office (USPTO) with PLR Chambers, New Delhi as the knowledge partner and Mizoram Science, Technology & Innovation Council (MISTIC) as the host organizer.

The programme was chaired by Dr. C. Vanlalramsanga, Secretary, Planning (Science & Technology) Department and Mr. John Lalnunkima Khiangte, Director, PLR Chambers gave the introductory remarks. Various topics were presented by speakers as shown below :-

  • Enforcement of Anti-Piracy Law in India – Current and Best Practices : Mr. Rajkumar Akella, Hon' Chairman, Governing Council, Anti-Video Piracy Cell, Telegu Film Chamber of Commerce
  • The Social and Economic Impact of Piracy and Global Best Practices : Ms. Lohita Sujith, Director, Motion Picture Association of America
  • The role IPR in the Growth of the Indian Music Industry : Mr. Blaise Fernandes, President and CEO, Indian Music Industry
  • Collaboration between India & the US – IPR and Trade in Counterfeit Goods : Ms. Komal Kalha, Senior Counsel, US Patent & Trademark Office

A fruitful discussion was held that emphasized on the importance of intellectual property rights and its role for growth of industry in Mizoram state, enforcement of anti-piracy law in the state and best practices adopted by other states and countries. The prospect of film industry in the state and the numerous positive impacts it could bring on improvement of allied industries including job creations; improvement of infrastructure facility that would promote intellectual property arising from the state including filming industry and policy measures that could be adopted by the state were a part of the deliberation. The discussion ended with a brief vote of thanks proposed by Mr. Samuel Lalmalsawma, SSO, MISTIC.

The programme was attended by 45 participants from various Government Departments such as Commerce & Industries, Home Department, Art & Culture, Customs ; Head of Commerce Departments from various institutions like Govt. Hrangbana College, Govt. Aizawl College and Pachhunga University College ; coordinator of Intellectual Property Right Cell of Mizoram University, Pachhunga University College, National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology – Mizoram (NIELIT), Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) and Govt. Zirtiri Residential Science College; and NGOs such as Mizo Zaimi Inzawmkhawm(MZI), Mizoram Film Promotional Society (MFPS) and Mizo Photographers’ Association (MPS).