Protecting craftsmanship

To encourage a dialogue among students about the concept, its implementation and protection of Intellectual Property laws, the Bangladesh Copyright and Industrial Property Forum (BIPF) and Media Studies and Journalism department of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) jointly organised a seminar titled ‘Intellectual property issues in branding’ at the university auditorium on March 8, 2012.

Students as well as media professionals pointed out that a major barrier for protecting intellectual property and copyright currently exists because of poor economic status of the mainstream population. Given the disparity of prices between the original and pirated copies, the latter always wins the economic viability. Emphasising on moral, ethical and legal grounds, speakers at the event urged students and participants to show respect to intellectual property as both users and producers of ideas.

‘Bangladesh has branded itself to the world as a major exporter of garments,’ says Sharifa Khan, director of WTO cell under the commerce ministry. ‘We can have greater exposure to the world community by improving the industries. What we now need is mobilising intellectual property laws to aware the youths about their benefits.’ read more

Professor Imran Rahman, the Vice-Chancellor of ULAB, mentioned the importance of branding in intellectual property bearing example of ‘Bata’, which became popular among people through its brand. Soon afterwards, similar products entered the market copying the symbol of the brand or changing the name slightly.

The speakers encouraged all to use open source software as alternatives to using copyright contents for greater social interest. ‘We should develop a practice of using open source software products to refrain from using pirated copies,’ said Kazi Zahin Hasan, President of BIPF.

ABM Hamidul Mishbah, the Chief Executive of BIPF presented the keynote paper in the seminar where Peter Anthony Dindial, CEO of GPIT Ltd said, ‘Implementation of intellectual property laws can contribute significantly in social and economic development.’

Professor Syed Ferhat Anwar, Chief Advisor of Bangladesh Brand Forum, Kazi Zahin Hasan, president of BIPF also spoke in the seminar which was moderated by Manzurur Rahman, Registrar of Copyright Office.

This article was written by Mahfuzul Haque, published in the daily New Age.

SME Foundation’s fund for protection of IP rights assured

The Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Foundation would allocate funds for the protection of intellectual property (IP) rights to encourage the young entrepreneurs into technological innovations, Industries Minister Dilip Barua said yesterday.

“The plan is aimed at turning Bangladesh into a middle-income country by introducing information technology in the industry sector,” Barua said.

He said this while speaking at a seminar on ‘Protecting Intellectual Property in Digital World’, at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka Saturday. The seminar was organised on the sideline of a three-day ‘Digital World 2012’ at the centre.

Many technological analysts, specialists and professionals joined the seminar where founder of Bangladesh Copyright and IP Forum Barrister A B M Hamidul Mishbah and Barrister KM Tanjib-ul-Alam, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, presented two key-note papers.

Speakers and discussants underscored the need for building mass awareness to put an end to the piracy of IP and establishing separate IP court to ensure justice in this regard. They also identified lack of financing as the key barrier to the country’s technological innovation and said IP infrastructures must be strengthened alongside financing to IT, which will eventually help create many jobs.

IP could be an important tool to make a ‘Digital Bangladesh’- a joint effort has become indispensable to protect IP rights, according to the speakers. The minister urged young people to devote themselves to protect intellectual property.

Dilip Barua said the people involved in research activities at different levels should register their innovations quickly so that no one can usurp or illegally use their IP.

Noted IT expert Mustafa Jabbar moderated the seminar.

Source: Daily Star, Daily Sun and Financial Express

Media roles and IP

Bangladesh Copyright & IP Forum organised a workshop titled ‘Intellectual Property Issues and Media: Dos and Don’ts’ on December 9 at the Shilpakala Academy.

Journalists and officials from Copyright Office Bangladesh, Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (DPDT), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and other organizations attended the workshop.

M Hamid, director general of Bangladesh Television (BTV) says, sometimes media practitioners use contents belonging to people without providing due credit to the owners. While using others’ content media personnel have to pay credit to the original owners. But to enforce copyright, people whose rights are violated must speak themselves, he observed.

Md Manzurur Rahman, secretary of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, also ex-registrar of copyright office discusses the basics and importance of copyright. He emphasises on media’s role in creating awareness among the people through talking ins and outs of the more

ABM HamidulMishbah, chief executive of BIPF says whose rights are violated can go to the court. People do not know about the copyright law and thus it is not applied, he adds. Media should come forward to raise awareness about it.

Kazi Zahin Hasan, president of BIPF, Sahela Akter, deputy registrar of Copyright Office also spoke at the workshop.

Source: Xtra, New Age, December 14, 2012

IP seminar with DU pupils

To sensitize the students about the effective implementation and protection of Intellectual Property Laws, Bangladesh Copyright and Industrial Property Forum (BIPF) and University of Dhaka jointly organized an interactive session entitled “Intellectual Property Law: Perspective Bangladesh” on January 7, 2012 at the Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka.

The session was participated by students and faculty members from University of Dhaka and representatives from concerned organizations and government ministries. Dr. Rafiqullah Khan, Professor, Department of Bengali, University of Dhaka; Sharifa Khan, Director, WTO Cell, Ministry of Commerce; Kazi Zahin Hasan, Chairman, Bangladesh Copyright and Industrial Property Forum; A B M Hamidul Mishbah, Founder; and Tamanna Faiz, In-Charge, Public Relations and Communications from BIPF attended the session.

Speakers at the session stressed on complete implementation of intellectual property for the sake of foreign investment in Bangladesh and protection of individual creativity. Sharifa Khan, Director, WTO Cell, Ministry of Commerce said, “It is high time for Bangladesh to have a fully instrumental Intellectual Property Law.”read more

Commenting on the need of awareness among the law students, she opined, “Bangladesh has ratified different international trade agreements of which intellectual and industrial provisions are a significant part, and to get a better understanding of these provision- students need to be aware of the Intellectual and Industrial Property Laws both at home and abroad.”

Throughout the session students interacted with the experts and expressed their opinions on issues regarding implementation and applicability of Intellectual Property Law in Bangladesh.

Barrister Mishbah said, “Through interactive seminar like this we get to know about the perceptions of the young and student community that have raised crucial issues regarding the successful implementation of Intellectual Property Law in Bangladesh.”

Lecturer Arif Zamil from the Law Department moderated the session.

Source: Star Campus, the Daily Star.

Filmmakers, producers for new censorship law to stop copyright piracy

Film producers and directors have urged the government to enact a new censorship law to stop copyright piracy. They made the call at a seminar titled “Protection of the Interest of Film and Copyright Law”, held at Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) on Thursday, 26 January, 2012.

BFDC and Bangladesh Copyright Office organized the seminar in collaboration with Bangladesh Copyright and Industrial Property Forum.

While reading out the keynote paper, Registrar of Copyright Office, Manzurur Rahman said, “Foreign films are being screened through cable networks without copyright. The practice severely destroys the growth of domestic film industry in Bangladesh.” He also urged to establish modern and well-equipped theaters and initiate more mobile-court functions to strangle rampant piracy.

BFDC Managing Director, M Hamid in his speech as chief guest underscored the need for sensitizing people against film piracy and called for launching a social movement to combat this vice. He said, “The film industry of Bangladesh is near to extinct and the people related with the industry are suffering because of the piracy.”

Members of Bangladesh Producer Distributor Association, Bangladesh Film Directors Association, Bangladesh Film Artists Association, Cable Operator of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Film Censor Board, BFDC and representatives from Ministry of Information and Communication Technology attended the seminar.

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