Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) plays a key role in gaining in advantageous position in the competitive technological game for economic growth. India enjoys a large asset of R&D personnel and infrastructure facilities. Scientists and policy makers need more information, orientation and facilities for protecting the products of intellectual prowess of Indian scientists. As a step in this direction, a single window Patent Facilitation Cell (PFC), was created by the, Department of Science & Technology (DST) in TIFAC in June, 1995 with the following objectives:  
1. Introduce patent information as a vital input in the process of promotion of R&D programmes.
2. Provide patenting facilities to scientists and technologists in the country for Indian and foreign patents on a sustainable basis.  
3. Keep a watch on the developments in the area of IPR and make important issues known to policy makers, scientists, industry etc.  
4. Create awareness and understanding relating to patents and the challenges and opportunities in this area including arranging of workshops, seminars, conferences etc.  
Himachal Pradesh Patent Information Centre (HP PIC) was established in 1998. Himachal Pradesh Council for Science, Technology & Environment, Shimla continues the activity of Patent Information Centre (PIC) in the state of Himachal Pradesh at Shimla with technical and financial support from Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi/PFC, TIFAC.
Objectives of Himachal Pradesh Patent Information Centre (HPPIC):
1. To create awareness about IPRs, especially patents, in the State and neighbouring region of this centre and enable patent searches using modern search software for the Universities, industry, government departments and R&D institutions in the State and around.  
2. To facilitate universities, industry, government departments and R7D institutions for patent filing and searches, GI registration, Copyrights, Industrial design, Electronic circuit copyrights, New Plant Varieties NPV’s) etc. Building up capacity of subject specific patent landscaping in selected universities of the State.  
3. To create Intellectual Property Cells in the universities specifically in Govt. Universities/Institutes of the Higher Education.  
4. To analyze the patent information on a regular basis and start technology scan studies involving IPCU’s and other academic /management institutes/ laboratories under the programme to suggest new programmes for R&D based on such information.  
5. Carrying out the patent searches using modern software to guide inventors in respect of patenting their inventions.  
6. Training and capacity building in post patent filing activities i.e technology valuation & audit, technology licensing and technology transfer & commercialization.  
7. To give special emphasis on school children, rural innovators, start-ups and block level officers of state government to bring about attitudinal changes in terms of sharing of IPRs I terms of knowledge and economic wealth through awareness programs.  
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