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Mauritius: ICT: Intellectual Property and Software Workshop Opens in Pailles
Source: SADC Contribution – Mauritius
Source Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: Mauritius
Created: May 22, 2013

Discussions are focusing on the following: IPR Protection of Software and Economic Development: The Search for Balance; Business Models and Licensing in the Software Industry; Software Development: The role of Public institutions, Industry associations and standards setting organisations.

In his opening address, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, elaborated on intellectual property which he said refers to the creative product of a person’s mind treated by law as a property right.

‘Along with human creativity and inventiveness, intellectual property is all around us. IP is considered as an intangible but still is property in the sense that it can be bought and sold and it gives rise to legal rights, duties and consequences. IP issues have always been important in any business environment, whether it is in information and communication technology, financial or medical development but perhaps at no time in history have they been as dominant as today’, said the Minister.

According to Mr Pillay Chedumbrum, the relationship between ICT-BPO companies, intellectual property and economic growth is undeniable. We live in a knowledge-based global economy that is driven by competition in productivity and innovation, he said, adding that productivity and innovation, in turn, depend on access to information and the ability to transform information into a valuable tool.

It is recalled that the legislative framework for IPR enforcement in the ICT/software industry provides for the protection of copyrights under the Copyright Act 1997, and for patents and trademarks under the Patent, Industrial Designs and Trademarks Act 2002.
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