Intellectual property protection plays a
key role in gaining an advantageous position in the competitive technological game for
achieving economic growth. Scientists would need information, orientation and facilities
for protecting the products of their intellectual prowess. As a first step in this
direction a Patent Facilitating Centre (PFC) was set up by Department of Science and
Technology under Technology Information Forecasting and
Assessment Council (TIFAC) in 1995. Major Indian scientific establishments have
in-house facilities to provide patent support to their scientists. However, such
facilities are not available to most of academic sector and smaller scientific
institutions whether in the Central or the State sector. PFC was created as a single
window facility to service this large ALL INDIA clientele with a smile and "may
we help you" approach. This helpful and human approach has helped PFC reach
out to remote universities and R&D centers. Scientists thus have a direct and easy
access to PFC's complete coverage.
patent information as a vital input in the process of promotion of R&D programmes
facilities to scientists and technologists in the country for Indian and Foreign patents
on a sustained basis.
||Keeping a watch
on developments in the area of IPR and make important issues known to policy makers,
scientists, industry etc.
awareness and understanding relating to patents and the challenges and opportunities in
this area including arranging workshops, seminars, conferences, etc.