Allahabad's Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-A) can boast of being the second rare institution, after the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, as it is selected to house India's second patent referral centre by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.
The project will be completed by June 2009. The centre's responsibilities will be to work towards creation, search and vetting of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) patents on its own and to assist small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), provide patent watch services and policy debate recommendations to the Department of Information Technology. The centre will also provide information and database regarding the patent applications rejected in foreign countries and being pursued in India. This will help the country to dross out stale patent applications being followed up by various companies. The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has sanctioned a sum of Rs 62.50 lakh as its contribution for the period of three years towards establishing of the patent referral centre. The centre will cover entire North, North Central, North South, North East and North West regions of the country. The Rs 62.50 lakh grant will be used in procuring capital equipment, consumables, travel, training and appointment of staff besides computers and other electronic items. Several national workshops and seminars on ICT-IPRs will also be organised from time to time by the centre.