In celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, Bangladesh IP Forum (BIPF) organized a boot camp named “Volunteer for Intellectual Property” (VIP), on Tuesday at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of University of Dhaka.
This is the fourth consecutive year of running the program. A total of 300 university students, budding entrepreneurs and professionals were trained on basic intellectual property (IP) issues. The aim of the training was to make the participants realize and understand the importance of 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.
Throughout the event, the participants engaged with the speakers about pervasive IP issues. Manzurur Rahman pointed out the essential need for IP awareness so that no other Bangladeshi meet the same fate as late Lucky Akhand. He emphasized on the topic of discussion by drawing the analogy of seeking legal help for an individual’s intangible property, i.e. intellectual property, the same way one would seek help and fight for their tangible property. Barrister Mishbah highlighted the special importance of IP awareness due to the rising and thriving “idea market” and potential of Bangladesh, where even young children are making games. Urfi Ahmed, shared the prevalence of IP infringement where the aired TV shows are being made available in unauthorized manner via online media.
The event was inaugurated by Her Excellency Leoni Cuelenaere, Honorable Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Bangladesh. Some of the speakers at the event include Md. Manzurur Rahman, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information; Barrister ABM Hamidul Mishbah, Founder, Bangladesh IP Forum, Mustafa Jabbar, President, BASIS; Jafor R Chowdhury, Registrar, Copyright Office, Md. Mustafizur Rahman, Director A2i, Prime Minister’s Office; Tanvir Haider Chaudhury, CEO, Kazi Food Industries Ltd, Asif Munier, Film Maker; Ahsan Habib, Editor, Unmad Magazine; Quazi M. Ahmed, Founder & President, BOLD; Naveed Mahbub, Former CEO of IBM Bangladesh & Standup Comedian; Mr. Arif Jamil, Faculty Member, Dhaka University; Quaseed Abd-Allah Chowdhury, Director, Gweebarra Bakery Industry Ltd.; and Ariful Hasan Opu, Bangladesh Innovation Forum. The closing ceremony was presided by Kabir Bin Anwar, Program Director, Access to Information (A2I) Program, Prime Minister’s Office, who also gave away the certificates to the participants.
Upon completion of the training, the volunteers of IP are now expected to spread IP awareness and act as ambassadors for IP in their communities and networks.