IPR Researcher &
Though an M.Sc in Maths (University Topper) followed by PG
qualifications in computers, her long standing passion for the
traditional arts & crafts and some personal experiences as an
artist, lead her into extensive research on IPR (Intellectual
Property Rights). Her specific focus has been on IPR issues related
to the art & crafts, artisans & craftsmen and artists & designers.
INNOVASIA-2005 at The Queen Sirikit National Convention
Centre in Bangkok, Thailand” (Photo by organizers of
She works for the
protection of intangible cultural heritage, Traditional Knowledge
and IPRs related to knowledge SMEs, creative & cultural industries
and traditional crafts clusters in light of globalization. Her year
long stay in Sapporo (Her Japan
experience) made her imbibe from the Japanese, more
passion towards preserving national cultural heritage. During the
Japan stay, she diligently pursued learning the Japanese language
and their art & culture. Has dabbled in French too.
Her area of interest being sustainable employment & income
generation for grassroots creative communities and protection of
rights of all creative people. For the Handicrafts & Handloom
sector, she stresses on the need for protection and branding through
the IPR tools of Geographical Indications and Certification Trade
Marks for protecting community owned Traditional Knowledge. GI
registration would not only preserve ethnic products but also
enhance their market value and potential. Getting the artisans value
for their traditional skills is her main concern and she emphasized
on these issues during her speech on “Handicrafts & IPR
Protection” at the UNCTAD-FICCI-FISME-CUTS inception
workshop held in Jaipur on Nov.7, 2006.
“Geographical Indications”, “Trade Marks” and “Copyrights” have been
her focus areas. Has presented an invited paper “Innovation & IPR in
Grassroots Cultural Enterprises”, at the “Innovasia-2005”, the first
ever “ International conference on Innovation Management in the
Asia-Pacific region”, organized by NIA-MoS&T-Thailand, UNESCO, IBM &
INSEAD, held in Bangkok (Thailand) from 21st-23rd Sept-2005.
As a consulting
assignment for UNIDO, she has carried out a study regarding
protection of IPRs and Traditional Knowledge in Artisanal Clusters.
This was probably the first of its kind study, in our country,
addressing IPR issues of the artisanal & crafts sector. Also created
a roadmap and strategy for executing it at the grassroot level. As a
result, “Chanderi” weave of M.P. and “Kota Doria” weave of Rajasthan
filed for “Geographical Indications” protection. The two have been
granted G.I status.
This report was published by UNIDO in 2004 and details can be seen