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The 7th edition of Inventors’ Open Day, aiming to promote awareness on innovation and Intellectual Property (IP) in Mauritius, was held yesterday afternoon at Ebène Heights, in Ebène Cyber-city, under the theme Innovative Foundations in Enterprises.

A yearly event on the calendar of the Mauritius Research Council (MRC), the Open Day takes added significance, being in line with Government’s drive to encourage the adoption of innovation and innovative technologies as contributing factors to boost the economy and creating employment.

Inventors’ Open Day 2015 brought together more than 30 participants from Research and Development institutions, SMEs, enforcement agencies, as well as innovators, IP practitioners, entrepreneurs, creators and users of IP assets, and stakeholders from different sectors and members of the public.

Presentations were made by two groups, namely Eminence Marketing Ltd – which is specialised in cosmetics and home care products, and United Basalts Products Ltd – which is a market leader for building materials. Both enterprises have recently obtained Industrial Design registrations from the Industrial Property Office.

Both resource persons provided participants with practical explanations and guidance on matters relating to the development of innovative concepts and products and their transition to commercial outcomes.

It is recalled that the MRC, an apex body to promote and coordinate Government’s investment in research, organised its first edition of the Inventors’ Open Day in May 2012 under the theme ‘What is IP and why is it important?’