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SpicyIP Gets New Leader

My sincere thanks to all of you who have written such wonderfully supportive messages, upon hearing of my decision to take a small break from SpicyIP.

I am now thrilled to announce that after much persuasion, Sumathi Chandrasekharan has agreed to lead the blog in my absence.

I’m very positive that this change will be for the better. For one, my style was a little too confrontational and I’ve ruffled a number of proud feathers. Hopefully, under Sumathi’s leadership, SpicyIP will be able to garner more goodwill and well wishers.

I do hope that you can all lend Sumathi the same kind of support that you were kind enough to lend me. If you have any suggestions for improving the blog, please let Sumathi know.

We’re planning on increasing our trademark focus on the blog. So if any of you trademark specialists out there are interested in joining the blog, would you please let me or Sumathi know? We’re also planning on running a “Romanticising Innovation” Series. Sumathi will bring you more details on this soon.

Notwithstanding the sabbatical, I will continue to remain involved with SpicyIP in an advisory/mentor capacity.

I will also try and focus on increasing the number of offerings under our “IP Resources” section on the SpicyIP website. I’m happy to announce in this regard that we’ve uploaded all the presentations made during the recently concluded conference on the Indian “Bayh Dole” conference at NUJS. For those interested in the photos during this event (the lighting played spoil sport), see here. CH Unni, a leading IP reporter with the Mint, carried a great article encapsulating the views of many of our conference speakers. This was followed up soon thereafter by a hard hitting editorial in the Mint.

I’m also happy to announce that the Ayyangar report is finally downloadable–though it will call for considerable patience from your end. As you can appreciate, unless we have more IP information in the public domain, our debates will continue to suffer.

Lastly, I will continue to post on issues that I care about, though the postings will not be as frequent as my frenzied postings of yesteryears.

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. AvatarIPso Facto

    Basheer, I am sure Spicy-Ip readers will miss your insightful and provocative comments. I want to wish Sumathi good luck. I have enjoyed reading her posts and I am sure she’ll do a great job.


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