SpicyIP Tidbits: GI Events in Delhi and Goa

There are two sets of events for GI enthusiasts in India, both of which promise to offer exciting discussions on the dramatic changes that are happening right under our noses in the IP community here. We hope you will be able to attend some of them.

1. National Seminar on Geographical Indications: “Where do Indian interests lie?”

The Centre for WTO Studies at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade is organising a two-day programme at Hotel Samrat, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi on September 24 and 25, 2009. The Seminar, which brings together distinguished experts on GIs, seeks to bring together representatives from governments, academics, industry, civil society, as well as other stakeholders on the same platform to deliberate on a range of issues pertaining to GIs. The specific objectives of the event are as follows:

  • To initiate an academic debate on all aspects of GIs including the desirable Indian negotiating position in the Doha Round regarding the relevant TRIPS provisions
  • To generate awareness about the key issues pertaining to GIs;
  • To analyze the opportunities and challenges confronting GIs in the country;
  • To understand from the stakeholders the ground realities of the pre- and post- registration scenarios on GIs;
  • To brainstorm on the ways forward on GIs in India.
For more information, do visit the website of the Centre for WTO Studies, where you can find the Concept Note, the Programme, as well as the Registration Form. Do note that the Registration Form needs to be completed and submitted via email before 23 September 2009.

2. Geographical Indications and Localisation: A study of Feni – Launch of Report

This event marks the outcome of a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council carried out by Dr Dwijen Rangnekar of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick. The research adopts a theoretical mix of socio-legal analysis and economic geography to conduct a case study of the intellectual property protection of Feni through GIs, as described by the project website here www.warwick.ac.uk/go/feni. The Report will be distributed at these meetings, and will subsequently be available at the project website. Discussants at the meeting include eminent policymakers and academics specialising in GIs. Kruttika had run a note on the Feni project early last year.

The report will be launched in India in two locations –
  • in Goa on September 24, 2009, at Hotel Fidalgo: for details, please contact Naina D’Souza on +91-9922950027; email: reservationsATblueoceanholidays.com
  • in Delhi on September 30, 2009, at the India International Centre: for details, please contact Rebecca John on +91-9899402654; email: johnrebeccaATgmail.com

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