About the Conference

A country’s IT potential is paramount for its march towards global competitiveness, healthy GDP, improving defense capabilities and meeting up the energy and environmental challenges. India is well known for its software industry, which grew exponentially in a short space of time. The Indian Information Technology and Information Technology-Enabled Services (IT & ITES) industry has been the most consistent growth driver for the economy. Service, software exports and Business Process Outsourcing remain the mainstay of the sector.

The Information Technology (IT) sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Indian economy with a growth rate of 16.8%. Over the last five years, the IT & ITES industry has grown at a remarkable pace. IT/ITES exports have grown to a staggering US$ 46.3 billion in 2008-09; the IT sector currently employs 2.2 million professionals directly. A majority of the Fortune 500 and Global 2000 corporations are sourcing IT/ITES from India and it is the premier destination for the global sourcing of IT/ITES accounting for 55% of the global market in offshore IT services and garnering 35% of the ITES/BPO market.

According to estimates of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), the domestic software industry generates annual revenues of around US$60 billion, the bulk of which is exported to other countries. Furthermore, many top multinational companies either do business in India or have research centers here, which promote the knowledge exchange and bring in valuable foreign know-how into India.

Software is the primary requisite for the survival of the computer technology which has become the basis for each and every activity in today’s life. Software and hardware work in tandem in today’s information society.  So it is no wonder that intellectual property protection of software is crucial not only for the software industry, but for other businesses as well. Intellectual property rights are fundamental to any industry. The term refers to a range of intangible rights of ownership in an asset such as a software program. Each intellectual property "right" is itself an asset, a slice of the overall ownership pie.

The patentability of software-related inventions is currently one of the most heated areas of debate. Software has become patentable in recent years in most jurisdictions (although with restrictions in certain countries, notably those signatories of the European Patent Convention or EPC) and the number of software patents has risen rapidly. The patentability of “business methods” (often software-based) has further fuelled the debate, especially as concerns the possibility that low quality patents might block or impede the fledgling electronic commerce sector.

In addition, Piracy is also a common concern prevailing in the computer world. The effects of software piracy impact the entire global economy. The nature and extent of piracy varies across the different segments within the software industry. The software developers will often be unable to generate the revenue required to continue support and expand the product development. The reduced revenues often divert funding from product development, and result in less research and less investment in marketing. Another issue at hand in the Information Technology is the data protection. The software industry handles a lot of personal information, but there are not adequate measures to safeguard the same.

The objective of the conference is to discuss the overall IPR trends in Global Market, Service Industries & Manufacturing sector and the need to strengthen scientific & technological research, development and commercialization of IP to increase the economy of the country. It also discuss on the legal issues involved in piracy along with the best practices to eliminate the same. In general, it would bring out the benefits, limitations & effective measures to leverage and protect IP in the respective businesses, which in-turn provides a good platform for Industry-institute collaboration by means of technology transfer, licensing of the inventions resulting in the betterment of IT and its associated sector both domestically and internationally.

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