SpicyIP Events

1. The Second National Bioethics Conference, presented by Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, is being held from 6-8 December 2007 (I caught this a bit late), at the NIMHANS Convention Centre, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Moral and ethical imperatives of health care technologies: Scientific, legal and socioeconomic perspectives on use and misuse”.

The National Bioethics Conference (NBC) is a broad, multi-disciplinary, independent, participatory and national bioethics platform of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics (IJME). Although registration is over, those of you interested can keep tabs on the conference website. There are some paper presentations on bioethics and IP.

Aysha Shaukat of the Spicy IP team forward information about the following two events (thanks Aysha!):

2. A Symposium on Geographical Indications, organized by the GI Registray, government of India, in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, Bern, Switzerland, will be held on 11 December 2007 at 9.30 am. The venue is Raman Auditorium, A.C. College of Technology, Anna University, Guindy, Chennai.

The inaugural session will deal with the “Protection of GI products with an emphasis on quality assurance”. The Chief Guest at the symposium is Dr Felix Addor, the Deputy Director General and Chief Legal Counsel of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. Subsequent technical sessions will include discussions on the rationale of GI protection; the Swiss approach on protecting GIs nationally and internationally; and GI administration in India.

3. Another Bangalore event: the Indo-US Colloquium on integration of Patent culture in Business is scheduled for 8 December 2007 at Sasken Technologies, Bangalore.

The Colloquium will be handled by the US, Indian patent attorneys and business professionals with substantial experience in the field. The objective is to get practical tips on integrating patent culture in business and research. Certain specific items considered includes Freedom to Operate, Infringement, Technology Transfer and claim drafting in light of Court cases concerning the meaning of claim terms and the hierarchy of term definitions, and claim types and language suggestions.

4. The Centre for Policy Research, Delhi and New York University (NYU) will hold a Workshop on Global Regulatory Governance: India, the South and the shaping of global administrative law. It will be held from 5-6 January 2008 at the Ambassador Hotel, New Delhi. You can find a background note here, and a draft programme agenda here. One session of relevance is “Administering TRIPs: determining who wins and who loses in global intellectual property governance”. It promises to be interesting.

5. The International Trademark Association will hold its 130th Annual Meeting in Berlin from 17-21 May 2008. The website here provides important details of deadlines and registration.

You can find the Meeting brochure here.

According to the website: There will be five days of networking, educational and professional development opportunities, as well as committee meetings and exhibits. The three days of educational programs include valuable skill-building workshops, industry breakouts, educational sessions focused on international topics as well as table topics during breakfast and lunch. Also available during the meeting is an exhibition hall with more than 80 exhibitors featuring new products and cutting-edge demonstrations.


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