Please Sign Patent Petition: It Hardly Takes a Minute!

We want to thank many of our readers for supporting the transparency cause and signing our petition requesting for the publishing of more “patent” information.

As you will appreciate, the publishing of more patent information will make the patent prosecution process more transparent and the patent office more accountable.

Thus far, we have around 100 signatures. Given that we have a regular subscription list of over 1500 members (representing patent attorneys, inhouse counsels, NGO’s, students, government folks and other members of the public interested in the IP system), it is a pity that we have only 100 signatures.

If you support the cause (and given that you are regular subscribers of a blog whose main motto is transparency, I’m guessing you do), please click here to sign. It hardly takes a minute of your time! And please do this soon, since we plan to submit this petition to the government next week.

In order to make this petition more impactful, would you please also add your designation and institutional affiliation in brackets after your name (since there is no specific column for these details in the i-petitions format)?

For those interested, the longer version of the petition is available here.

Please also pass this around as widely as possible so that we get a good diversity of signatures and can put more pressure on the government to release this critical information that will help make India’s patent system more transparent and accountable.

Shamnad Basheer

Shamnad Basheer

Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer founded SpicyIP in 2005. He's also the Founder of IDIA, a project to train underprivileged students for admissions to the leading law schools. He served for two years as an expert on the IP global advisory council (GAC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2015, he received the Infosys Prize in Humanities in 2015 for his work on legal education and on democratising the discourse around intellectual property law and policy. The jury was headed by Nobel laureate, Prof. Amartya Sen. Professional History: After graduating from the NLS, Bangalore Prof. Basheer joined Anand and Anand, one of India’s leading IP firms. He went on to head their telecommunication and technology practice and was rated by the IFLR as a leading technology lawyer. He left for the University of Oxford to pursue post-graduate studies, completing the BCL, MPhil and DPhil as a Wellcome Trust scholar. His first academic appointment was at the George Washington University Law School, where he served as the Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor of IP Law. He then relocated to India in 2008 to take up the MHRD Chaired Professorship in IP Law at WB NUJS, a leading Indian law school. Later, he was the Honorary Research Chair of IP Law at Nirma University and also a visiting professor of law at the National Law School (NLS), Bangalore. Prof. Basheer has published widely and his articles have won awards, including those instituted by ATRIP, the Stanford Technology Law Review and CREATe. He was consulted widely by the government, industry, international organisations and civil society on a variety of IP issues. He also served on several government committees.


  1. Avatarkamakhya

    Dear Shamnad,

    You may be aware of this but just in case. An interaction with Mr. Marcus Rabe, Principal Administrator International Affairs, EPO, was held on April 30, 2009.

    The International affairs directorate of EPO manages several bilateral projects worldwide and is the implementing agency for several EU funded projects, one of which is CITD (EU-India Capacity building Initiative for Trade Development. The IPR component of CITD is looking after enabling higher capacity of IPR regulatory and training institutions to ensure a more efficient administration and enforcement of Indian IP laws in line with international standards.

    The discussion mainly centered around education and training of Patent attorneys/patent agents and possible changes in the current functioning of the patent office from the viewpoint of patent attorney community.



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