A seminar on intellectual property rights in Pakistan was jointly organized by Quality Enhancement Cell, Hamdard University and Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan (IPO-Pakistan at Hamdard University, Main Campus, Karachi. The key objective of the seminar was to raise awareness among research scholars and students about the concept of Intellectual Property Rights and how to deal with IP issues in Pakistan.
The seminar presentations were made on Intellectual Property Rights in Pakistan & Economic Development. Introduction to Patents, Introduction to Copyright and Introduction to Trademark by IPO-Pakistan officials namely Syed Nasrullah, Deputy Director, Trade Mark Registry, Ms. Tafseer Fatima, Patent Examiner Patent Office and Mr. Niaz Ahmed Lashari, Examiner, Copyright Office respectively.
The seminar was attended by Deans, Directors and Principals of constituent institutes of Hamdard University and the administrative heads.
Earlier, while welcoming the IPO-Pakistan officials to Hamdard University, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Hakim Abdul Hannan highlighted the need and importance of intellectual property rights. He added that like China and India, Hamdard also produces and promotes traditional medicines, but both China and India are ahead in saving the intellectual property rights in Tibb-e-Unani. He noted that practitioners of eastern medicine (Hakims) are commonly blamed for never disclosing formulas of their medicines thus depriving world of so many useful drug formulas. He stressed that there should be some property rights for the formulas and research so that the researchers can get royalty on their works. While concluding, the Vice Chancellor thanked IPO-Pakistan officials for jointly organizing the seminar that will increase awareness among faculty of the University about the intellectual property rights.