DNA | Last Modified - Feb 23, 2013, 04:42 AM IST
Bhopal/Mandsaur: Mandsaur artist Wajid Khan had never thought that getting a patent for his art works would help him increase their market and subsequently the price.
Today, his artifacts, created by hammering small iron nails on specially imported plywood, have earned global recognition and he is earning as much as Rs 35 lakh per piece.
"Till three years ago, I had engaged in several innovations but ran out of resources when no one helped me. Then I switched to this unique nail art and Intellectual Property Facilitation Centre (IPFC) not only helped me file a patent for my art work but also helped me get recognition beyond national boundaries," said Khan, while talking to media persons in the city on Friday.
Earlier, his artifacts used to fetch only Rs 1 lakh per piece but now overseas buyers pay as much as Rs 35 lakh per piece. IPFC in charge Rounak Dubey said that in India, Intellectual Property Right (IPR) laws don't allow patents for art work. "The laws allow only copyright but still the centre explored several technical aspects of the artwork and then filed a patent for Khan," he added.
On the occasion, three BTech students from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) also shared details of their innovation---- an SMS based pet feeding device--- for which they too have filed a patent.
One of the students Aditya Dharwa told scribes that they had devised a pet feeding system and connected it to mobile phone.
"If a person is out of home and wants to feed his pet, he simply requires to send an SMS and the system installed at his home would send a food packet towards his pet," said Aditya adding that the system would also send an SMS reply.
"The IPR awareness among industries and educational institutions is on a constant rise and till now we have filed 30 applications including trademarks, patents, copyrights, geographical indicator certifications etc," Dubey said.
Sandip Naolekar, chairman IPFC Indore told that total 45 IPR applications were filed from Madhya Pradesh in the year 2011.