Press Release: Training on Patent Database Searches and Development of TISCs in Bhutan

The Department of Intellectual Property (DoIP), Ministry of Economic Affairs in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is organizing a three-day training on patent databases search for the officials of the Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) in Thimphu from 25-26 April 2019. Two experts from the WIPO, Mr. Mussadiq Hussain, Program Officer, and Mr. Alex Riechel, Industrial Property Information Officer, Access to Information and Knowledge Division are here in Bhutan to conduct the training program.

This training is a part of the capacity-building program following the establishment of TISCs last year by signing the Service Level Agreements among the DoIP, WIPO and the three TISCs host institutions, namely College of Science and Technology, Rinchending, Jigme Namgyel Engineering College, Dewathang and TechPark Pvt. Limited, Thimphu. The DoIP is the National Focal Point between the WIPO and the host institutions. The primary objective of the TISCs is to create and provide a platform for the local inventors, academia, technical institutions, entrepreneurs, industry, relevant government organizations and research institutions to access patent databases and other high quality scientific and technology resources.

The training is important particularly in the era of limitless information and prior inventions existing in all fields of technology and science that are available for access and use.  In this context, the three-days training will focus on the proper techniques for the stakeholders and users of TISCs to retrieve the relevant information on appropriate technologies. With the skills acquired, the TISC officials and users will be able to search and access the high quality technology information and related services, which will help them to exploit their innovative potential and avoid duplication of efforts such as re-inventing existing inventions, re-solving problems that have already been solved, and re-developing products that are already on the market.

In the long run, the TISCs will also facilitate the transfer of appropriate technologies and foster innovation and creativity in the country.