Dr Arul George Scaria is an Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC). He is also an Affiliate Faculty of the CopyrightX program, which is a course offered each year from January to May under the auspices of the Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. His key areas of interest and specialisation are science and technology policies, open movements, intellectual property law, and competition law. He is currently working in the areas of open science, open innovation, and regulation of digital markets in the context of big data, AI, and IoT.
Arul did his doctoral research at the International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation (IMPRS-CI), which was an interdisciplinary doctoral program jointly offered by the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Munich) and the Ludwig Maximilians Universität (Munich). For his doctoral research, he received the IMPRS-CI Scholarship from the Max Planck Institute. His doctoral research was an empirical legal study on copyright piracy in the Indian film industry and he was awarded the doctoral degree with summa cum laude (‘with the highest distinction’). His research was supervised by Prof. Josef Drexl (Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition), a globally renowned scholar in the fields of intellectual property and competition law.
His post-doctoral research at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium, under the guidance of Prof. Tom Dedeurwaerdere (Director, BIOGOV Research Unit, UCL), focused on the issue of open access to large scale research data and he was part of different EU funded projects. Arul has also worked as a CSIR-NIF Fellow in the IP management division of the National Innovation Foundation of India.
Arul has many publications to his credit, including two single authored books – Ambush Marketing: Game within a Game (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Piracy in the Indian Film Industry: Copyright and Cultural Consonance (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Arul has made presentations in different international forums like the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the European Commission (EC), apart from speaking at different international conferences. He was a member of the advisory committee constituted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), India, in 2014 for addressing the copyright license issues for the open e-textbooks project of NCERT. He is currently a member of the IPR Expert Group constituted by Department of Science and Technology, Government of Rajasthan. He is also the co-chair of a thematic group constituted by the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister and the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, for drafting the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2020 (STIP 2020) of India and this group looks at the issue of access to knowledge and resources.