The third edition of India’s first and only program aimed at raising awareness about Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) among students the Intellectual Property Talent Search Examination (IPTSE) has opened registration. Registrations for the latest edition of IPTSE opened on 5th November 2020 and will remain open till 15th January 2021 on the official website www.iptse.com.
IPTSE was launched in 2018 with the support of the government, educational institutions, and industry, including Ericsson and The Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM), and has gained in popularity not only among students but also among universities, schools, and colleges in its previous editions.
An annual exam, IPTSE is designed for high school and undergraduate students. This year, IPTSE will be accessible to students from diverse streams such as design, fashion design, media, and mass communication, law, engineering, and technology with the intent of fostering inclusivity and promoting the spirit of innovation and enterprise. Students from across the country can participate in the online IPR examination that is to be held in February 2021 (tentatively).
The objective of IPTSE is to educate young minds about intellectual property rights, namely copyright, patents, trademark, geographical indication, industrial design, and trade secrets. Educational institutions can play an active role in raising awareness about intellectual property rights by encouraging students to take part in the examination. Consultations are on with central and state education boards to maximize participation in the initiative. Many schools have already expressed their willingness and are nudging students to take part in IPTSE 2020.
Following the enthusiastic response to IPTSE 2.0, a new initiative called IPTSE Youth Leaders Program has also been instituted for students. As part of the program, a select few students have been hand-picked to be Intellectual Property Champions and will advocate for the protection of intellectual property rights. Moreover, incorporating student feedback, the IPTSE website has been overhauled to make it more user-friendly. An added feature, the website chatbot, improves the Q&A mechanism to enable faster query resolution and content navigation.