Dilani Hirimuthugodage

The COVID-19 Crisis and Innovation: Why Intellectual Property Rights Matter

This blog highlights the importance of intellectual property rights (IPRs) in the commercialisation process and suggests some strategies to advance the commercialisation process in Sri Lanka.

Smoked Out: Why the Sale of Single Stick Cigarettes Must Be Banned

This month, the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) announced the drafting of legislation to ban the sale of single cigarettes. It is a welcome move given that Sri Lanka lags behind 107 countries that have banned the sale of single stick cigarettes. This blog explains why the sale of single cigarettes must be banned without any further delay.

Who Owns What? Is Sri Lanka’s IPR Regime Ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

During the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), technology and innovations are at an increased risk of falling victim to Intellectual Property (IP) right violations, due to their important role in wealth creation and socio-political stability. As such, the development of comprehensive regulatory systems, inclusive of intellectual property (IP) protection, is crucial in this era, argues Dilani Hirimuthugodage.

Quality Standards, Make or Break Point of Sri Lanka’s Cinnamon Industry

Cinnamon is the leading spice commodity of Sri Lanka. It contributed to approximately 54% of total spice exports and accounted for 8% of total agriculture exports in terms of values, in 2017. During the last decade, Sri Lanka has dominated the world market in cinnamon exports. But, meeting quality standards is a major problem faced by Sri Lanka’s cinnamon exporters. This blog by Dilani Hirimuthugodage focuses on the major quality constraints faced by cinnamon exporters in Sri Lanka and provides recommendations, based on a recent IPS study.

Role of IPRs in Stimulating Innovations

When it comes to innovation, Sri Lanka has been overtaken by the rest of the world. While countries vie for top positions in the rapidly moving race for technological advancements, Sri Lanka lags far behind. On World Intellectual Property Day, Dilani Hirimuthugodage’s article ponders reasons for Sri Lanka’s lack of innovations and gives policy recommendations to help Sri Lanka catch up through a well-built IP system.

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