IPR cell is functioning in the College (In the main building near the Hostel Office, Room No. 101) from July 2010 onwards. As per the Proceedings No. L4/19813/10/DTE Thiruvananthapuram dated 26/05/2010, The IPR cell is supported by Patent Information centre (PIC) – Kerala, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE), Govt. of Kerala. Dr Anjan R Nair, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering is the coordinator of the IPR cell.
Due to the lack of awareness on the significance of IPR, many of the inventions/creations emanating from engineering colleges are not getting protected. The Inventions are being published in newspapers and media and thus they are disqualified for getting patent. Hence, to guide the student and faculty in the colleges in protecting their intellectual properties IPR cell can contribute in this direction and it can create awareness and facilitate the filing of patent applications and filing other forms of IPR through PIC-Kerala.
The IPR cell is expected –
i) To work as a bridge between PIC- Kerala and CET.
ii) To advise and guide the students and faculty on importance of IPR, especially patents with help of PIC.
iii) To arrange periodic meetings of faculty members along with Officer of PIC- Kerala for identifying patentable inventions.
iv) To encourage faculty members to carryout patent searches in house and/ or at PIC- Kerala and to fine-tune their research.
v) To forward eligible cases for IP protection to PIC.
The main activities of IPR cell are as follows:
i) The IPR cell can organize IP clinic in which student can be asked to express some innovative ideas and the IPR cell can provide proper guidance on the scope of developing that to an idea to an innovative product. As an outcome of these IP clinics, lot of innovative ideas are expected to come out and among them, some of these ideas may result in to patentable invention.
ii) The IPR cell can organize innovation workshops in which some of the existing technical problem may be raised and the students can be asked to come up with solutions.
iii) The IPR cell can organize Lectures periodically on the various issues of IPR for which the technical support will be provided by PIC- Kerala, by way of providing the service of experts in the field of IPR for delivering the lectures.
iv) The IPR cell can conduct some quiz programs exclusively on IPR and the winner may be given certificates and prizes and it will encourage the students to study more about IPR
v) The IPR cell can also forward the eligible cases for IP protection to PIC – Kerala.
IPR Cell is maintaining a bank account in the SBT College of Engg. Branch.
Patent facilitation Form :
Another important activity of IPR cell is to promote patent filing. For this purpose we are forwarding the PATENT FACILTATION FORM to PIC-KSCSTE and after receiving the initial search report IPR cell may recommend for the next step of patent filing to the Patent office Chennai.
Total number of Patent facilitation form recommended to PIC- KSCSTE till date is 16 Nos
Total number of Patent filed is 3 Numbers.