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VII Annual IP Teaching Workshop 2018

The VII Annual IP Teaching Workshop- 2018 is being organised by the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC) in association with National Academy of Law Teaching at National Law University Delhi (NLUD), on 24th March 2018 (Saturday).

The annual IP teaching workshops started as a joint programme in association with University of Washington School of Law, Seattle. In 2012, the first such workshop identified several broad challenges faced by teachers of intellectual property law in India. In 2013, the second IP teaching workshop focussed on IP teaching techniques, use of information and communications technology in IP teaching, research and publication. The third workshop in 2014 discussed various issues connecting with effective IP clinics in India. In 2015, the fourth such workshop focused on diverse issues involving curriculum development, student participation in IP activities, empirical research in IP, academic contributions to IP policy-making, and IP teaching beyond law schools. The fifth workshop focussed on substantive issues connected with interface of IP with other branches of law. The sixth IP Workshop in 2017 was organised in Bengaluru in association with the Centre for IP Rights and Advocacy (CIPRA) at National Law School of India University (NLSIU). All previous workshops have had key speakers and resource persons from India and abroad.

By bringing together a select gathering of IP teachers and scholars from different corners of India, the 2018 workshop in its seventh edition aims to focus on academic writing. As part of the workshop, early and mid-level faculty members, PhD candidates having teaching or research interest in intellectual property are invited to apply by sending in a short research proposal and CV. The research proposal should contain the following:

  • ✓  Working title/ topic area
  • ✓  Research context/ background (should contain the current state of knowledge and any intricate debate on the topic or contemporary nature of research)
  • ✓  Research objective and research question/s
  • ✓  Importance of your current research (show how your research fills in the gaps in the current state of knowledge)
  • ✓  Research Methods (includes any methods involving interdisciplinary nature of research and also library research)
  • ✓  Short list of References (can be cited as endnotes or footnotes)
  • ✓  Timeline (explain stages of research in order to complete it in 6-8 months)

CIIPC encourages all kinds of research proposals, including those that specifically focus on empirical techniques, political economy, social sciences methods and doctrinal research in cross-cutting and interdisciplinary areas of law and public policy. Senior commentators and scholars attending the workshop from India and abroad will provide useful inputs on the proposal and the way forward for conducting the research. It is expected that the final outcome should be of publishable quality in globally reputed peer-reviewed or peer-referenced journals.


All Intellectual Property Law Teachers from any law school/ college/ university (public/private) and PhD candidates conducting research in the area of IP from India can participate in this workshop.

Process for Selection:

All interested candidates should send in a research proposal (max 1500 words) along with their latest CV to [email protected]

Selection will be based on previous teaching or research experience / publication in IP

Last Date of Submission of the application: 1st March 2018. (Late entries will not be entertained). The confirmed candidates will be announced by 5t h March 2018

Scholarship: Organisers will be able to cover economy air/train travel (cheapest-direct route) and stay/boarding at NLUD guest house for outstation participants on specific request in the covering email. Selected candidates will also be able to attend the CIIPC-CPIP Conference on “Back to Basics: The Role of Property in the IP System” to be held at NLUD on 22n d and 23r d March 2018. In all, apart from travel, the organisers will cover four nights (21st – 24th March) of stay at the NLUD guest house on twin sharing basis.

Contact Information: Any query in this regard may be addressed to: [email protected] or feel free to drop in an email to Shrinkhala Jaiswal (Research Fellow, CIIPC) [email protected]

Back to Basics: The Role of Property in the IP System

The Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC) at National Law University Delhi and the Centre for Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University, Washington D.C . invite you to a Conference titled: “ Back to Basics: The Role of Property in the IP System ” on March 22-23, 2018 at National Law University Delhi. This conference will explore whether stable and effective property rights in innovation and creativity secure both moral and economic values for a flourishing society. By examining the doctrinal implications of IP, the contributions of patents, copyrights, and trade secrets to the innovation and creative industries, and the intersection of antitrust and IP law, the conference will showcase the critical role effective property rights may play in building and sustaining a successful IP framework.

The conference promises to be an exciting event with six distinct and well-curated panels for students, academics, academically minded practitioners, regulators and those involved in public policy. The final list of speakers will be provided in the due course.

RSVP: Please drop in an email to: [email protected] on or before 28t h February 2018. There are no registration fees for attending the conference. However, kindly note that only limited seats are available. Feel free to drop in an email to Ms. Shrinkhala Jaiswal (Research Fellow) [email protected] for any further queries that you may have.

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Special Lecture by Prof. Josef Drexl

Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC), National Law University, Delhi, is organising a special lecture by Prof. Josef Drexl (Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich) on ‘‘Sense of Shame as a Virtue’ –  Why is it that the invisible hand of the ‘attention’ economy promotes post-truth politics and how to solve the problem’. This public lecture will be on February 10, 2018, 3:00 PM, at the Justice Y. K. Sabharwal Moot Court Hall,  National Law University, Delhi. As the title of the lecture indicates, it will focus on post-truth politics and fake news. Prof. (Dr) G. S. Bajpai (Registrar, National Law University, Delhi) will chair the lecture.

About Prof. Josef Drexl: Prof. Drexl is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich (since 2002), a Honorary Professor at the University of Munich and a member of the Bavarian Academy of Science. As the Chair of the Project Managing Board of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC) Cooperation Project, Professor Drexl is responsible for an LL.M. program in IP with international outreach. He was the founding Chair of the Academic Society for Competition Law (ASCOLA) from 2003 to 2013, and he is a Vice-President of the Association Internationale de Droit Economique (AIDE). He was a visiting professor at Oxford University, the Libera Università Internazionale per gli Studi Sociali (LUISS) Guido Carli in Rome, the New York University and the Université de Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas. Professor Drexl is an expert in both competition law and intellectual property law. The competition law aspects of IP and international issues of both IP and competition law are among his major research interests. More recent work focuses on the IP and competition-law issues of the new digital economy in times of industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.

If you are interested in attending this special lecture, please drop an email to [email protected] with a cc to [email protected] on or before February 9, 2018 (3:00PM).

Second Asia-Pacific Workshop on Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition

The Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition, National Law University, Delhi is organising the second Asia-Pacific Workshop on Innovation, Intellectual Property, and Competition from February 5 to 10, 2018. This workshop will take place at the National Law University, Delhi (NLU Delhi).

The workshop will be exploring contemporary issues at the interface of IP law and competition law in the following industries:

  • Agriculture & Biotechnology
  • Automobiles
  • Creative Industry
  • Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Online Platforms
  • Pharmaceuticals

In an era of technological disruptions, it is important to deliberate on different policy concerns and options for competition law-related interventions. By conducting detailed discussions on contemporary IP and competition law developments in six different sectors mentioned above, this workshop intends to provide the audience with a comprehensive overview of unsettled issues and potential policy interventions.

The workshop schedule is accessible from this link. The detailed workshop brochure with bios of the participants can be accessed from this link.

The confirmed resource persons for the workshop are:

  1. Prof. Shamnad Basheer, IDIA and SpicyIP 
  2. Ms Sheetal Chopra, Ericsson
  3. Mr J Sai Deepak, Law Chambers of J. Sai Deepak
  4. Prof. Josef Drexl, Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
  5. Prof. Steve Greenfield, University of Westminster
  6. Mr Achille Forler,  Advisor, The Indian Performing Right Society
  7. Mr Vaibhav Gaggar, Gaggar & Partners
  8. Prof. Shubha Ghosh, Syracuse University, College of Law
  9. Dr Geeta Gouri, Former Member, Competition Commission of India
  10. Dr Kirti Gupta, Qualcomm Inc.
  11. Dr Vikas Kathuria, Benett University
  12. Prof. Ariel Katz, University of Toronto
  13. Prof. Jay P. Kesan, University of Illinois
  14. Dr Malathi Lakshmikumaran,  Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys
  15. Prof. Jessica Lai, Victoria University of Wellington
  16. Mr Tatsuya Iida, Japan Fair Trade Commission
  17. Prof. Kung-Chung Liu, Singapore Management University
  18. Dr Payal Malik, Competition Commission of India
  19. Dr Raman Mittal, University of Delhi
  20. Mr Essenese Obhan, Obhan & Associates
  21. Prof. Guy Osborn, University of Westminster
  22. Mr Augustine Peter, Member, Competition Commission of India
  23. Mr Sandeep Rathod
  24. Mr Prashant Reddy, NALSAR University of Law
  25. Prof. Daniel Sokol, University of Florida
  26. Ms Sunita Tripathy, Jindal Global Law School
  27. Prof. V. K. Unni, IIM Calcutta
  28. Prof. Fang Xiaomin, Nanjing University, China
  29. Prof. Ya-Lun Yen, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Prof. Josef Drexl (Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich) will be delivering a special lecture on February 10, 2018 at 15:30 on ‘‘Sense of Shame as a Virtue’ –
Why is it that the invisible hand of the ‘attention’ economy promotes post-truth politics and how to solve the problem’.
 This lecture will be open for the public and if you are interested in attending the special lecture, please drop an email to [email protected] with a cc to  [email protected]

Note: The applications for this workshop is closed now and only the requests for attending the special lecture can be considered at this stage.

Contact us

Workshop Organiser: Dr Arul George Scaria

Coordinator: Mr Swarnim Shrivastava

Email: [email protected]/ [email protected]


Short Course on IP, Trade and Public Health

Ms Jayashree Watal

The Centre for Innovation, IP and Competition organized a short intensive course on IP, Trade and Public Health from 20th to 24th November, 2017 at National Law University, Delhi (NLU, D). The course was taught by Ms.  Jayashree Watal (Counsellor, IP Division – World Trade Organization) and saw many insightful discussions between Ms. Watal and the students of NLU, D. Primarily, the deliberations revolved around the economic role and function of different IPRs and the evolution of the international IP regime in developing countries with particular focus on the fruition of  the current Patent Law. Following this, Ms. Watal delved into the issues surrounding the concerns of developing countries with respect to international IP negotiations in General Agreement for Trade and Tariffs (GATT), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), World Health Organization (WHO), World Trade Organization (WTO) and the subsequent implementation of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement). Ms. Watal also discussed the evidence from economists on IP & development, and more importantly, she highlighted and explained the debate surrounding promotion of IP and innovation with respect to concerns about IP and its adverse effects on access to affordable medicines and treatment.  Ms. Watal also provided an overview of a few negotiations on TRIPS provisions under Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) currently  taking place at a global and bilateral levels between nations.

In conclusion, students were asked to analyse and present their brief set of observations and suggestions on public health and IP related issues such as compulsory licensing of medicines (Natco vs. Bayer – Compulsory Licensing Case), Section 3(d) of the Indian Patents Act (Novartis Case), particular TRIPS disputes and the WIPO development agenda.

Workshop on Standard Essential Patents: Patents and Antitrust Issues in the High – Tech World

Click here to download the brochure for the event.

The Centre for Innovation, Intellectual property and Competition organized a workshop on “Standard-Essential Patents: Patents and Antitrust issues in the High – Tech World” on 26th August, 2017 at India Habitat Centre. The purpose of the workshop was to highlight the broader interface of IP and competition law- specifically pertaining to licensing of patents, economic theory underlying standard essential patents, contestation and empirical evidence in the standard essential patent discourse, understanding FRAND, and the relationship between standard essential patents and antitrust law. The workshop was conducted by Prof. Jay Kesan (University of Illinois) and Dr. Kirti Gupta (Qualcomm Inc.) and saw the presence of practitioners, legal academicians, patent agents and students. The workshop witnessed a healthy discussion on exactly how a Patent becomes an SEP, the law on SEPs in other jurisdictions and in India and the impact of antitrust law on SEPs. It concluded with a brief discussion on landmark SEP cases.

Sixth Annual IP Teaching Workshop

The VIth Annual IP Teaching Workshop, conducted by CIIPC (Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition) in collaboration with CIPRA, (Centre for Intellectual Property Research and Advocacy) was held on the 2nd and 3rd of July 2017 at National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore.

The broad theme of this year’s workshop was “IP Remedies”.  The one-day Workshop was organized in such a way that papers were presented by resource persons and selected applicants on sub-themes such as patent remedies, copyright remedies, trademark remedies and remedies in the context of SEPs.  Time was allotted for discussions and questions followed each presentation to ensure that constructive feedback from peers and experts will help the authors to reflect and incorporate the same while writing the final papers.

Following the framework from the last workshop, the aim is to publish a book consisting of the selected papers presented at the Workshop.

The photos from the Workshop are available here.

2nd Annual Roundtable on Innovation, IP & Competition

The 2nd Annual Roundtable on Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition was held on the 1st of July 2017 in Bangalore in Hotel Taj Westend.  It was attended by academicians, legal practitioners from India and subject experts from around the world.

The Roundtable was flagged off by a welcome address by Prof. (Dr) Ranbir Singh, following which the sessions commenced.

The first session entitled  Innovation Policy: What can it Teach IP Policy-Making in India? was moderated by Prof. (Dr) Shamnad Basheer.  The other participants included Dr. Shubhashish Gangopadhyay, Dr. Chirantan Chatterjee, Prof. Anil K Gupta [via video link] and Mr. Ananth Padmanabhan.

The second session titled, Role of IP and Competition Policy in Technology Markets: Business and Industry Perspectives was moderated by Prof. Jay Kesan.  The other participants included Mr. Atul Jain, Dr. Sheetal Chopra, Dr. S.K. Murthy, Ms. Latonia Gordon and Dr. Kirti Gupta.

The third and final session for Day-1, titled Patent Remedies in a state of flux: Principles and Practice was moderated by Hon’ble Justice Prathiba M. Singh from the Delhi High Court.  This panel consisted of Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer, Ms. Bitika Sharma, Dr. Rafal Sikorski, Dr. Feroz Ali and Mr. Sandeep Rathod.

Justice Prathiba M. Singh, the keynote speaker at the roundtable, gave a short lecture on “India’s Evolving IP Jurisprudence – Indigenous, Ingenious or Both?” at a short reception held in the evening which was followed thereafter by dinner.

Day 2 began early with Session IV on the topic IP and Competition Law in India: Regulatory and Judicial Interventions. The panel was moderated by Mr. Augustine Peter and consisted of Ms. Geeta Gouri, Mr. Anand Pathak, Mr. Prashant Reddy, Mr. Vaibhav Gaggar and Mr. Kailas Karthikeyan.

The concluding session on the topic was called Standard-Essential Patents: Adjudicating FRAND in India from a Comparative Perspective and was moderated by Prof. (Dr) T. Ramakrishna. The panel consisted of Prof. Jay P. Kesan, Prof. Jorge Contreras, Mr. Rajiv Kr. Choudhry and Mr. J. Sai Deepak.

The photos from the event are available here.

Colloquium on Intellectual Property and Competition Law

The Centre is organising a Colloquium on Intellectual Property and Competition Law, which will take place at the National Law University, Delhi from March 13th to 17th, 2017. The purpose of the colloquium is to provide an opportunity to participants to engage in a meaningful study of the various domains of intellectual property and competition law, with emphasis on the contemporary issues that are relevant to each field of study. All the sessions will be conducted by reputed academics and practitioners from across the world, who are well-versed in the subjects of intellectual property and competition law. There are also sessions to consider the multitude of issues from a regional perspective across the breadth of the Asia-Pacific region. The colloquium will be attended by legal academicians, practitioners, and regulators working on intellectual property law and competition law issues in the Asia-Pacific region.