The Intellectual Property Rights Cell (IPR Cell) of Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) has been selected for the National Intellectual Property Award 2019.The award, comprising prize money of INR 1 lakh, citation, and memento, will be presented at a function to be held in New Delhi on World IP Day. The cell headed by C.R. Elsy has facilitated GI registration of nine crops from the State.
The KAU IPR Cell has been selected for the award in recognition of its contributions in facilitating registration of Geographical Indications (GI) and promotion of registered GI in the country.
The award constituted by the Indian Intellectual Property Office under the Union Ministry of Industry and Commerce is conferred on persons and organisations working in the field of patents, trademarks and Geographical Indications.
The KAU IPR Cell had won special citation for GI-related activities from Controller General of Patents, Designs, Trademarks and GIs in 2018 and also recognition from PPV&FR authority for facilitating 21 national awards for Plant Genome saviour awards in 2016.
The cell headed by C.R. Elsy has facilitated GI registration of nine crops from the State and procedure for four more crops have been initiated. KAU Vice Chancellor R. Chandra Babu congratulated the cell.