How will an IPR Policy drafted by Techgrapher be different from a ‘typical’ IPR Policy that most universities/colleges have today?
IPR policies of many an (educational) institution in India today, are a result of a ‘copy-paste job’, or an adoption of IPR policy clauses from other premier institutes either in India or abroad. Some drawbacks of such a ‘copy-pasted’ or ‘blindly adopted’ IPR policy;
a. A policy document is at the heart of an institution’s vision, long-term and short-term goals, credo and dreams that sets in motion a well thought out process, for their execution. That said, a one-size-fits-all approach (of copy-pasting clauses & articles from various institutions) would simply not work, because every institution has its own philosophy, unique strengths, opportunities and budgetary constraints, which need to be factored in to tailor their IPR Policy in a manner that renders it a purposeful and effective guiding document.
b. Another aspect that is largely pretermitted by copy-pasters is the fact that some of the leading institutions in the ivy league (wherefrom IPR Policy clauses have been copy-pasted by leading Indian institutions), are privately owned, governed and funded, while educational institutions in India come under the purview and governance of a government body or public authority such as the UGC. And therefore the equation that identifies and balances their priorities is entirely different.
c. Yet another factor one would notice while reading through most of the IPR Policy documents prevalent today is that such Policy documents that are meant to guide the university/college administration to handle a given issue, lack the necessary vision and details, and are woefully wanting in specifics.
d. A customized, goal driven IPR policy will be drafted by the Techgrapher after studying a given institution’s constitutional make-up, its current strengths & opportunities, its future potential & expansion plans, current budgetary constraints and future investment outlays etc.,. For example the IPR Policy of an institution whose majority-students are UG and PG, will be different from that with a high percentage of Research scholars (i.e., MS., M.Phil., PhD.,). Likewise, a relatively new institution (< 5yrs old) will have different priorities than that of an older one. An Arts & Science College would have a different set of priorities from that of a college of engineering and technology and from that of an institution that specializes in agricultural sciences or that which specializes in geological sciences. A privately owned and funded institution will have a differently oriented IPR Policy from that which is publicly funded.
e. Techgrapher’s core team will, after interactive iterations with the management of the institution, build a framework and flesh out the details to suit its unique vision, and aspirations, in a manner that fosters a functional IP-innovation ecosystem where commercialize-able IP is generated and monetized to benefit both – the inventors and the institution cost-effectively.