Intellectual Property Facilitation Centre (IPFC)
In the changing global scenario, the issues of IPR have gained special importance for the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector. IPR protection plays a key role in gaining competitive advantage in terms of technological gains for achieving higher economic growth in a market driven economy. It is felt that IPR requires greater understanding and attention by the industry, particularly the MSME sector in India. The “National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC)” which visualized a National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme (NMCP) to enhance the competitiveness of the SMEs sector. One of the components of the NMCP is “Building Awareness on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)” for the MSME. Accordingly, to enable the MSME sector face the present challenges of liberalization, various activities on IPR are proposed under this scheme. Intellectual Property Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.
IP is divided into two categories: Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and those of broadcasters in their radio and television programs.
In accordance with the provision of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act, 2006 the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) are classified in two Classes:
  • Manufacturing Enterprises- The enterprises engaged in the manufacture or production of goods pertaining to any industry specified in the first schedule to the industries (Development and regulation) Act, 1951). The Manufacturing Enterprise are defined in terms of investment in Plant & Machinery.
  • Service Enterprises: The enterprises engaged in providing or rendering of services and are defined in terms of investment in equipment. The limit for investment in plant and machinery / equipment for manufacturing / service enterprises, as notified, vide S.O. 1642(E) dtd.29-09-2006 are as under:
Many developments have occurred in the Tamilnadu state over the decade; with the economy going through the pangs of improving cost competitiveness and some core sectors especially The Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) is rising to meet the challenges. In the Tamilnadu State it is felt that the IPR protection in MSME sector plays a key role in gaining competitive advantage in terms of technological gains for achieving higher economic growth in a market driven economy. It is also felt that IPR requires greater understanding and attentions by the industry, particularly the MSME sector in Tamilnadu. Due to the illiteracy on IPR’s, the MSME sectors were not able to safeguard and protect their innovative technologies. The State accords due weightage to the basic strengths that are part of natural endowments or have been built overtime in the shape of human resource availability and skills and lays infrastructure foundation of various forms.
To build awareness on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for MSME’s in Tamilnadu a centre, Intellectual Property Facilitation Centre for MSME (IPFC for MSME) has been setup to focus attention on resource based technology commercialization, technical problems solving, technology up gradation, promoting innovation by the means of protection, facilitation and IPR awareness/training. This will leads MSME sector to get aware about the importance of IPR.