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Women and IP: Accelerating Innovations and Creativity
ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research
April 26, 2023

Webinar was organized on the occasion of “World Intellectual Property Day” on the theme of “Women and IP: Accelerating Innovations and Creativity” on April, 26, 2023 at 11.00 am in Seminar Hall 1, ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research and about 100 participants including Scientists, ICARR-IIRR, ICAR-CTRI, SARR members and research scholars participated either online or offline.
Dr. Jyothi Badri acted as Moderator for the programme and welcomed Director, IIRR and speakers to the programme. Director, IIRR welcomed the speakers Dr. Kalpana Sastri (Former Joint Director, ICAR-NAARM and Managing Director, Aghub, PJTSAU, Hyderabad), Dr. Divya Singh (Business Development and IP Officer, CSIR-CCMB, Hyderabad) to the programme and the online, offline participants. Director, IIRR gave an introductory remarks emphasizing the key role of women in India in scientific and administrative positions and their significant contributions.
Dr. Jyothi Badri gave a brief introduction about Dr. Kalpana Sastri. Dr. Kalpana Sastri delivered a talk about Innovation and Enterprise Building. She briefed her experiences on IP work and role of women in research and development in India. Real time success stories of women innovators and entrepreneurs from grass root level was explained in the presentation. She also suggested two books “Lilavathi’s daughters – women scientists of India” and “Code breaker” by Jenifer Doudan for the young generation for inspiration.
Dr. Kalpana Sastri mentioned about women scientists who played a major role in global level and contributed for several great discoveries. She also explained about the initiatives in India, for women in science and scholarships and fellowships available for women scientists.
Grassroot innovators among the women farmers contributing to society and breaking the social barriers based on examples from various states of country viz., collectives in kudumbashree project, mulkanoor womens cooperative dairy farmer service products, honey bee producers, women based startups, agri- student entrepreneurs. The presentation was concluded with discussion on Issues and challenges faced by women innovators and what changes could facilitates the women to go forward in science and innovation. She also emphasized the need of imagination, creativity and current understanding of technology by women scientists.
Dr. Jyothi Badri introduced Dr. Divya Singh from CCMB. Director, IIRR mentioned support of Dr. Divya Singh, in technology transfer of Improved Samba mahsuri, a collaborative Technology developed between IIRR and CCMB.
Dr. Divya Singh talked about “Technology Valuation, Commercialization and Licensing: Public Sector Perspective”. She gave a brief introduction about women in science and CCMB and further discussed about technology licensing, transfers, commercialization, issues faced by women in getting the opportunities. Detailed presentation on What is license, preparing license, preparing IP; based on Improved Samba Mahsuri as one of the best example. Method of evaluation of IP based on market, economical or costs, different clauses and governing laws in licensing IP were explained and how to adopt best options for licensing IP is also mentioned.
Dr. Sundaram, Director IIRR discussed about technologies sharing and the problems in receipt of the royalties and licensing of all ICAR technologies through Agri innovate (Technology licensing wing).
Dr. Kalyani extended vote of thanks to DG, ICAR, Director IIRR for initiative and the support in conducting the webinar, Dr Kalpana Sastri and Dr Divya singh for the excellent insight in Intellectual property rights and Dr GS Laha, Dr Jyothi Badri, Dr Sailaja & AKMU, Dr Arunkumar S, Dr Jayakumar, Dr D Ladhalakshmi, Dr Divya balakrishnan for facilitating the meeting.

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