Document Type : Original Article



BACKGROUND: Intellectual property rights (IPRs) are increasingly becoming significant for
sustainable growth of today’s knowledge‑based society. An inappropriate knowledge regarding IPR
can fail to reserve rights for one’s intellectual creation. Hence this study was planned with an aim to
assess knowledge, awareness, and practices regarding intellectual property rights in India amongst
the health-care professionals in Belagavi city.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: A descriptive cross‑sectional study was conducted among the
postgraduate students and faculty of six health‑care professional institutions in Belagavi, Karnataka.
A total of 724 responses were recorded using convenient sampling. Data was collected using
self‑administered validated questionnaire which included demographic details and total 20 questions
pertaining to knowledge, awareness, and practices regarding IPR. Two‑point Likert scale was used.
Descriptive statistics, Mann–Whitney U‑test, and Chi‑square test were applied.
RESULTS: A total of 724 responses were recorded, 411 from postgraduate students and 313 from
faculty of 6 health‑care professional institutions. It was observed that 24.3% and 39.3% of postgraduate
students and faculty participants, respectively, had maximum knowledge while 35.5% of faculty and
27.5% of postgraduate students had maximum awareness regarding IPR in India. Only 17.6% and
10.2% of faculty and postgraduate students had previously attended workshops on IPR.
CONCLUSION: The present study identified that both faculty and postgraduate students of health‑care
profession have less knowledge and awareness regarding IPR. However, both knowledge and
awareness regarding IPR were better among faculty when compared to postgraduate students.
Thus, the academic community requires a higher level of sensitization and exposure to IPR in India.


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