on IPR and Technology Transfer at Dhaka
the perspective of mobilizing ideas, discussing
alternatives and understanding the tech-transfer
policies in some of the renowned scientific laboratories,
Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC),
Cornell University and ABSPII have jointly organized
a workshop on ‘Intellectual Property and
Technology Transfer’ on August 10, 2005
at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka.
is the second such workshop to be held after the
first meeting on the issue was conducted at Mussourie,
India in April 2005.
many as 50 eminent biotechnology practitioners,
researchers, policy makers from across the globe
participated in the workshop and delved extensively
on the issue of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).
All the participants agreed that IP is now one
of the most valuable assets in commercial transactions,
whether licensing agreements, manufacturing, purchase
or distribution agreements or mergers and acquisitions.
the workshop, Bangladesh Agricultural Minster
M K Anwar emphasized on urgent need to develop
efficient institutional technology transfer mechanism
and IPR policies on the basis of our own needs
and policies as IPR is not easily understood by
many people in the country yet.
Lutfur Rahman, a key member of the committee that
helped draft the guidelines of Plant Variety Protection
and Farmers’ Rights Act said their country
has already finalized the draft and is waiting
for approval from the Parliament to be enacted
as Law. The aim is to protect farmer’s rights
while framing national policies. This will also
provide protection to breeders and establish farmer’s
rights on protected verities that facilitate technology
others, Dr Frank A Shotkoski, director of the
ABSPII, D Abdur Razzaque, member director (corps),
BARC, K Vijayaraghavan, regional coordinator (South
Asia) of ABSPII also deliberated on the issue.
workshop helped in bringing awareness among the
policy makers, helped comprehend the international
technology transfer process and environment, helped
to extend the efforts of ABSPII in facilitating
the project partner countries in gearing up to
become Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property
Rights (TRIPS) compliant by 2008.