Prof Govindan Rangarajan, Director of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru launched ProrIISeTM, an indigenous software solution for automating the process of protecting and translating Intellectual Property (IP).
The Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing office (IPTeL) in IISc and similar offices in other institutes in India perform the job of patent protection to enable further translation & commercialisation. Such translation is of two types. One, to startups from the institution itself. Two, technology transfer to established industry.
The track record of protection and translation in India is very poor. This is true internationally. An IISc evaluation in 2016 showed that the amount of time spent on administering the patent process, instead of on translation, was a major reason. From the time an IP is disclosed for protection to the time a patent is granted and dies, many steps occur over a period of twenty-odd years. Monitoring this legal, financial and bureaucratic maze manually leads to a very inefficient system. An inefficient system also leads to loss of rights, as inventors lose interest in patenting. An automated system would address both these hurdles to protecting and translating IP.
The IISc-Prorigo software version 1 automates the legal and bureaucratic part of this process. This was released on Monday after three years of testing. Version 2 will automate the financial part and is set for release in 2021. Version 3 will bring in artificial intelligence approaches to prior art searches required to evaluate a patent. It is set for release in 2022.
This is an indigenous Indian software product developed as IISc realised that the existing software solutions were unaffordable by Indian academia. This software will at first target Indian academia and small law firms, and will eventually go international. It is hoped that by reducing the effort spent on administering IP, time will be released that can be spent on translation to industry.
The software archives all exchanges, an essential component, as protected IP has both legal and financial implications. The processes implemented in the software are also expected to automatically serve as methods that academia can use to protect and translate IP. This will also help smaller universities where such processes and resources may not exist to set up and streamline their IP offices.
IISc Press Release