Centre for Intellectual Property Rights and Trademarks was established in Anna University in the year 2005 as per the approval of Syndicate of Anna University at 170th meeting held on August 24th 2005. Subsequently the name of above Centre is changed to Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIPR) in the year 2009.
CIPR was established to create awareness and offer assistance to academicians, researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators to identify, protect and manage IPR effectively.
CIPR actively involves in educating the importance of IPR for various communities.
CIPR has to its credit a well established IP policy, approved by Anna University syndicate in the 189th meeting held on 17th July 2008.
CIPR is functioning as the nodal centre for Industries, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs, Educational and Research Institutions for IPR related matters.
CIPR successfully conducted number of Certificate Courses on Intellectual Property Rights in collaboration with Tamil Nadu Technology Development and Promotion Center (TNTDPC) of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Chennai.
To foster, stimulate and encourage creative activities in the widest sense in all the areas in which academic, consultancy and research programmes are offered by Anna University.
To protect the legitimate interest of faculty / scholars / students of Anna University and to avoid as far as possible conflict of opposing interests.
To lay down a transparent administration system for the ownership and control of intellectual properties and sharing of the revenues generated and owned by Anna University.
CIPR has expertise and experienced professionals to do patent searches (both from free and paid databases), patent specification drafting, patent filings and related works.
CIPR carries out design patent search and filing of design patents applications for shape, configuration, pattern, composition of lines, colours applied to any products.
CIPR carries out trademark search and filing trademark applications for logo, symbol, design, image, sound, colour, slogan, smell, word, phrase or combination of these elements.
CIPR assists in copyright filing related to the original work of literary (books, lab manuals, etc), artistic (painting, sculptures, photographs, etc), dramatic, musical work, cinematographic films, sound recording, software programme, etc.
The CIPR regularly conducts awareness programs to educate the importance of IPR for faculty, students, research scholars, R&D institutions, SMEs, large establishments, etc
The CIPR shall bear 75% of the Patent filing fee and 25% shall be borne by the inventor. Anna University will pay the patent fees for the first seven years in all cases when patent is taken by Anna University. If it is a joint patent with sponsoring agency, then the patenting cost will be equally shared. If the other agency does not show interest in such process, Anna University can either continue the patent by paying the fees for its full term or withdraw application for the patent protection, at its discretion.