SJMSOM ready to host 1st IPR Researchers’ Confluence

The Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), a part of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, is all set to host the 1st Intellectual Property Rights Researchers’ Confluence on December 21 and 22, 2009. The theme of the confluence is going to be Spearheading Intellectual Property Research in India –An Agenda for Research. With innovation in organizations assuming significant importance in the modern world and the emerging economies being channeled towards developing an IPR system by the global world order, the confluence intends to provide a platform for IPR researchers, academicians and practitioners to network and exchange ideas with fellow members regarding the various facets of the IPR theory, its management principles and its relevance to India under the global context.

Among the invited speakers, mention must be made of Professor Wim Vanhaverbeke, Professor of Strategy & Organisation at the Hasselt University (Belgium) and co-editor of “Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm”. Other distinguished invitees include Prof. V C Vivekanandan, IITKGP, Prof. Sudhir Jain, IIT Delhi, Prof. V.K. Unni, IIM Calcutta, Dr. Satish Tiwari, GE, Bangalore, Prof. Anuradha Maheshwari, NMIMS, Prof. Balu, University of Madras, Prof. Sunil Kunwar, DSE, Prof. T. Ramakrishna, NLSIU Bangalore, Prof. Sridhar, Nalsar Hyderabad, Mr. Parasuveera Uppara, Reliance Industries and Mr. Muzumdar, Patent Attorney, Mumbai.

Following is the preliminary schedule of the confluence:

Day 1 :: December 21, 2009

Presidential Address – MHRD on IPR Research

IPR Policy and Research – the philosophical & competitive need for an emerging innovation centric country?

Distinguished Invited Lecture:
Contemporary Research in IPR – The role of open innovation- Prof. Wim Vanhaverbeke, Hasselt University

Competitiveness of Indian industry and the role of IP – An economic perspective Research in IPR – Methodologies and how to go about it?

IPR Researchers Forum – break out session of individual research proposals / work with IP experts

Networking Dinner

Day 2 :: December 22, 2009

IP management Techniques – the role of technology in strategy

IP, Technological change and innovation

IP Education in India – learning and challenges

Panel Discussion: IP – Technology, Legal, Management – Education & Research

Roadmap breakout session
Changing Medium of expression and IP – the role of legal research

Showcasing the roadmap for IPR Research, Education & Management for India –next 5 years

Concluding Remarks / Certificates / best research design award / High Tea

SJMSOM invites Doctoral Students, Faculty, Researchers and Policy makers working in the area of Intellectual Property to present their research in this confluence. The subject matter of the paper can be in any area related to IP but should

• Present a particular focus on the most recent research on the chosen topic;

• Provide a critical appreciation, progress on the topic and opportunities for fresh theory-building; and

• Identify opportunities for research in the Indian context.

The selected presenters will get an opportunity to discuss their papers and to obtain constructive feedback. The copyrights will be held by the authors who will be free to publish them elsewhere. Papers should be submitted in MS Word format with full details of the author including affiliations, by email to ggouri[at]iitb.ac.in, latest by November 30, 2009. All papers will be subject to blind review by at least two referees and a decision conveyed to the authors by Dec 8, 2009.

All the participants will be divided into groups towards identifying the roadmap for IPR research in India. The confluence culminates with a collected representation of all the groups’ analysis over the two days. Research presenters are expected to register for the workshop and Students will be provided with a travel grant (IIIrd AC to and fro) and free accommodation.

Registration fee payable for Students :Rs. 1,000 and Others :Rs 2,000
DD payable at Mumbai to “The Registrar, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.”

The Spicy IP team wishes the confluence to be a success and encourages the readers to participate in it and avail of the opportunities presented.

Shouvik Kumar Guha

Shouvik Kumar Guha

Shouvik is at present employed as a Research Associate and a Teaching Assistant at The W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. He has obtained his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NUJS itself and is also currently pursuing his LL.M. degree from the same university. From his very year at law school, he had been attracted towards the discipline of Intellectual Property and that interest has been kindled further in course of time. The interface between IP and other disciplines such as Economics, Anti-trust Law, Human Rights, World Trade Law and the technological developments relating thereto, has especially caught his attention since then. He’s authored several papers on issues relating to IP and other legal disciplines for journals, books, magazines and conferences in national as well as international levels. He is also currently co-heading an organization called Lexbiosis, which is an endeavor meant to facilitate the collaboration between the legal industry and academia.

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