In celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, Bangladesh IP Forum (BIPF) held a boot camp, “Volunteer for Intellectual Property” (VIP), on Tuesday at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of University of Dhaka.
On the fourth year this training has been held, 300 university students and young entrepreneurs were trained on basic intellectual property (IP) issues, such as copyright, trademark, patent and designs, with the aim to grow awareness of the importance of intellectual property rights (IPR).
The VIP boot-camp was divided into multiple learning and speaking sessions with professionals and industry experts who shared their experiences and thoughts about IPR and its importance to the participants.
Speakers at the event included Ministry of Information Additional Secretary Md Manzurur Rahman; Bangladesh Copyright and IP Forum founder Barrister ABM Hamidul Mishbah; Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services President Mustafa Jabbar; Copyright Office Registrar Jafor R Chowdhury; Director of Access to Information (A2i) Programme under Prime Minister’s Office Md Mustafizur Rahman; Kazi Food Industries Ltd CEO Tanvir Haider Chaudhury; Dr Nuzhat Chowdhury of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University; filmmaker Asif Munier; and Unmad Editor Ahsan Habib.
Other speakers were Director of Leveraging ICT under ICT Division Sami Ahmed; Bangladesh Organisation for Learning & Development Founder President Quazi M Ahmed; former CEO of IBM Bangladesh and stand-up comedian Naveed Mahbub; Dhaka University Assistant Professor Arif Jamil; Aamra Networks Ltd Head of Marketing Solaiman Shukhon; Gweebarra Bakery Industry Ltd Director Quaseed Abd-Allah Chowdhury, and Bangladesh Innovation Forum Founder Ariful Hasan Opu.
Upon completion of the training, participants are expected to spread IP awareness and act as ambassadors for IP in their communities and networks.
The event was inaugurated by Her Excellence Leoni Cuelenaere, Honourable Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Bangladesh.
The closing ceremony was presided over by Programme Director of A2i Kabir Bin Anwar, who presented the certificates to the participants.
The VIP 2017 event was sponsored by Bellissimo Ice Cream, Kazi Food Kitchen, Microsoft, and Gweebarra Bakery Industry Ltd.