By Ali Mashraf
On April 26, 2018, Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka, in collaboration with the Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, Ministry of Industries, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh organized a rally and a seminar titled- “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity” to celebrate the World Intellectual Property (IP) Day. Numerous law students, teachers, legal practitioners as well as IP experts and enthusiasts attended the seminar. Earlier in the day, a rally also took place at the University of Dhaka to celebrate this occasion.
Mr. Justice M R Hasan, the Company Bench Judge of the High Court Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh graced the occasion as the chief guest while Professor Dr. Md. Rahmat Ullah, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka chaired the program. At the onset, Professor Dr. Naima Huq, Chairman, Department of Law, University of Dhaka delivered the welcome speech. She underlined the significance of establishing a specialized IP Law Center under the Faculty of Law for encouraging research and innovation, commercializing innovation with IP and raising IP awareness in the society at large.
Mr. Mohammad. Sanowar Hossain, Registrar, Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, Ministry of Industries, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh also spoke at the inauguration ceremony as the guest of honor and expressed his desire to work in collaboration with Faculty of Law, DU and create skilled IP law practitioners who would be adept in patent drafting and litigation. Mr. Justice M R Hasan and Professor Dr. Md. Rahmat Ullah also felt the need for IP courses in the undergraduate level in order for our students to compete in this sector globally and protect the numerous innovations of our mass people and the experts in various specialized fields.
Following the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Mohammad Sanowar Hossain, Registrar, Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, Ministry of Industries, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Professor Dr. Md. Towhidul Islam, Department of Law, University of Dhaka presented their papers for the seminar titled ‘Introduction of Intellectual Property Rights and Protection Mechanisms Practiced in Bangladesh’ and ‘Powering Change Through Innovation and Creativity: Intellectual Property Rights and Bangladeshi Women’ respectively.
Afterwards, Mr. Quazi Mahfujul Hoque Supan, Associate Professor, Department of Law, University of Dhaka and Mr. Md. Obaidur Rahman, Deputy Registrar, Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, Ministry of Industries, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh discussed and made valuable comments on the papers presented at the seminar. They stressed the need, cited various examples and put forward valuable suggestions regarding the strong role of Bangladeshi women in innovation in various fields and how their innovations required legal protection under Intellectual Property Laws.
Towards the end, the floor was opened for discussion and questions from the audience who spontaneously spoke on the topic. The seminar ended with the vote of thanks being delivered on behalf of the Law Faculty.
Ali Mashraf is the special correspondent of the FutureLaw Initiative