Technology Incubation Center (TIC) collaborated with the US Embassy to organize the World Intellectual Property (IP) Day at NUST on April 27, 2015.
The event focused on the importance of Intellectual Property Rights enforcement, and consisted of two panel discussions. The first panel, moderated by Mr. Joe Yang from CLDP, was about copyrights on music and publications. The guest speakers on this panel were Ms Nigar Nazar (Cartoonist), Mr. Salman Ahmad (Musician), Mr. Umair Sheikh (Music Manager) and Mr Haroon Rashid (Singer). This panel was particularly a hit as the celebrities discussed their own experiences and talked about how initially in Pakistan, the lack of law enforcement led to their music and work being easily pirated. Mr. Haroon presented a video where he introduced the audience to a social networking website, solely for musicians who intended to have their work recognized without being copied. They gave a brief overview of how to deal with piracy and how to prevent it.
The second panel was moderated by Mr. Mansur Raza from WIPO. The guest speakers on this panel included Ms. Kalpana Reddy, Mr. Majid Bashir, Dr. Bilal Khan (CES), Mr. Tipu Sultan (GM-Scotman Pharmaceuticals), and Mr. Adnan Faisal (GM-TIC). The panel mainly emphasized on Health and Education. They talked about how patent awareness was a must, and any medicine or drug brought into the market needed to be patented along with any other products to save oneself from being copied. They too shared several helpful experiences of their own.
An interactive question-answer session followed each panel discussion. The chief guest Pro-Rector (P&R) NUST gave the closing remarks and appreciated the efforts of TIC and USAID. He claimed that the debate was as important as it was vast, and said that he was happy to see that NUST was not only distributing paper degrees but generating entrepreneurs and companies with products in all fields of science. He also presented the guests with souvenirs, thanking them for their time.