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Dr Arul George Scaria

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, a course offered in collaboration with the Harvard Law School. His key areas of interest and specialisation are intellectual property law, competition law, science and technology policies and open movements. He is currently working on projects 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.

Arul has also served as 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 of India (STIP 2020) and the group focused on issues relating to access to knowledge and resources. He was also 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 a member of the academic steering committee of Right to Research under International Copyright Law project at the American University Washington College of Law.

Publications (selectively)

Books (Sole-authored)
  • Arul George Scaria, Piracy in the Indian Film Industry: Copyright and Cultural Consonance (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
  • Arul George Scaria, Ambush Marketing- Game Within A Game (Oxford University Press, 2008).
  • Arul George Scaria and Shreyashi Ray, Open Science India Report (CIIPC, 2019),
  • Arul George Scaria and Priyanka Choudhary, Evolving an Open Science and Open Innovation Policy Framework for Rajasthan (CIIPC, 2020),
  • N S Gopalakrishnan, Arul George Scaria, M. Sakthivel, Anjana Girish, Vishnu Sankar, T.G.Agitha and Anirban Mazumder, ‘Social Dimensions of Copyright Infringement and Enforcement’ (Working Paper, 2021),
  • Arul George Scaria, ‘International Exhaustion of Trademark Rights in India’ in Kung-Chung Liu (ed), Annotated Leading Trademark Cases in Major Asian Jurisdictions (Routledge, 2019).
  • Arul George Scaria and Shreyashi Ray, ‘Knowledge Sharing and the Sharing Economy in India’ in Kung-Chung Liu and Uday Racherla (eds), Innovation, Economic Development, and Intellectual Property in India and China (Springer, 2019).
  • Arul George Scaria and Kavya Susan Mammen, ‘Non-Traditional Marks on Pharmaceutical Products: Non-Traditional Barriers to Access to Medicine?’ in Irene Calboli and Martin Senftleben (eds), The Protection of Non-Traditional Trademarks (Oxford University Press, 2018).
  • Arul George Scaria and Mathews George, ‘Copyright and Typefaces’ in Enrico Bonadio and Nicola Lucchi (eds), Non-Conventional Copyright (Edward Elgar, 2018).
  • Arul George Scaria and Rishika Rangarajan, ‘Fine-tuning the Intellectual Property Approaches to Fostering Open Science: Some Insights from India‘, WIPO Journal, 2016, Vol. 8, 109.
  • Arul George Scaria, ‘Online Piracy of Indian Movies: Is the Film Industry Firing at the Wrong Target?’, Michigan State Law Review, 2013, Vol. 21, Issue 3, 647.
  • Arul George Scaria, ‘Does India Need Digital Rights Management Provisions or Better Digital Management Strategies?’, Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, 2012, Vol. 17, 463.
  • Arul George Scaria, ‘India Heading Towards a Major Copyright Overhaul’, GRUR Int., 2010, Issue 8-9, 663.

Areas of Interest:

  • Open Science
  • Law and Economics of Innovation, IP and Competition
  • Big Data
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Algorithmic Bias
  • Empirical Legal Studies