Comic characters to give you lessons in IPR

  • Timsy Jaipuria, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 11, 2015 09:46 IST

Imagine reading the adventures of your favourite comic characters, flying over houses, brandishing swords or triumphing over evil, and, learning about intellectual property rights (IPR).

Well, this may soon turn out to be a reality, with the government planning to come out with a series of comic books soons to increase awareness about the IPR regime, especially among children and generation next.

“The commerce and industry ministry had launched an awareness programme called “KIDS Nook” where it first came out with comic flyers and banners, and now wants to take it forward through a series of these comics,” a government official said.

The government has initiated discussions with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), one of the 17 specialised agencies of the United Nations, which was created in 1967 to encourage creative activity and promote the protection of IPR throughout the world.

“As of now, we have just written to the WIPO to share some of their content with us so that we can use them as a ready reckoner for this project,” the official said, adding, “ Some of their material is very informative and published in a very reader-friendly format and we are looking to have a similar product.

Once we finalise the broad theme, only then the government will look towards finalising the cartoonist and the writer,” he added.

However, “it is also yet to be looked at” whether the comics will be available for free and how they would be distributed, the official added.

Explaining the rationale behind such a project, the official said: “You often see kids doodling here and there and at times they are such classics, but they do not know that what they created by chance might qualify for a patent of their own. So we are exploring this project to have the young minds think on these lines.”

Though the government is yet to work out the name of the protagonist, an ‘IP Man’ or ‘GI girl’ or ‘Design Girl’ may be the one finally teaching you about IPR. All the three names are christened with reference to the three major categories under IPR — design, geographical indications (GI) and intellectual property.

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