Mumbai, December 12: The Department of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in Odisha has called upon entrepreneurs, manufacturers and producers in the industry to protect their innovations and designs.
This, they said, could be done only through the process of following Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and filing for patents as per the norms, the department said adding that it would provide all help to the industry to make this happen.
Odisha MSME Secretary Panchanan Dash told a two-day workshop on IPRs organized in Cuttack recently that the MSMEs need to protect their product innovation to create market differentiation which alone could help sales and growth.
Intellectual property rights like patents, trademark and other designs are meant to provide the distinct identity to the products and protect them from duplication or other illegalities by unscrupulous elements.
The need of the hour was to generate awareness among the SMEs on IPR and its benefits so that they can derive benefits, he told the participants in the program that includes MSME owners, academics and researchers.
The workshop organised by National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), New Delhi in collaboration with MSME-DI, Cuttack.