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.
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.
6 thoughts on “A Layman’s Narrative of Patents, TK and Biopiracy”
I know you have global readers but still….. it is so unfortunate to call “Unfortunately, its in Hindi-“
You have named your blog as spicy “india” and you have used the term “unfortunately” for HINDI language…
Do put across in a better way as you have readers from all across the world.
The term “unfortunately” was meant to refer only to lack of accessibility by many readers. You and I may speak and understand Hindi—but a great many readers may not, including several from India itself. In any case, since this term might be potentially misconstrued, I’ve deleted references to it.
The video is indeed a eyeopener as to the perception of Intellectual Property among the local population of India .. coincidentally I came across this blog post and video in a day when I was particularly angry with the limping local business in IP for budding professionals like us due to lack of knowhow among the corporates and local industry in India about Intellectual Property and conscious generation and protection of the same .. was feeling the need for an aggressive awareness campaign on the issue but on seeing the video my opinion varied
I’ve always bemoaned the excessive politicisation of IP issues in India. but one of the positive fall outs of this politicisation is a greater awareness of issues by the general public. Of course, the media does not always get it right…but it is our duty to educate them on the technicalities and enable them to reach a more nuanced understanding of IP issues.
It is really nice to hear that laymen have the brief ideas of IP aspect & it is due to media as you said, I also want to say thanks to our Indian media. But sometimes media persons are misinterpreting the term & concepts. As,I hereby provide some titles & links of the articles which can show how misinterpretation happened….
1.Patent Rights for Naga Chilli (link: http://www.nagalandpost.com/ShowStory.aspx?npoststoryiden=UzEwMDk2MDY%3D-S9cbFrlJQNw%3D)
My View : To the best of my knowledge Naga chilli is seeking for GI protection & not for Patent.In addition to that India have the unique legislation as “Protection of Plant Variety & Farmer Right’s Act-2001” and till now registration is not opened for chilli.
2. Hyderbad Haleem set for Copyright Protection (link :http://gulfnews.com/news/world/india/hyderabad-haleem-set-for-copyright-protection-1.671818
My View: To the best of knowledge Hyderabad Haleem is sought for GI Protection ,and the GI certificate granted in the first week of september, 2010 by Mr.P.H.Kurian,When Mr.Kurian came to Hyderabad on 4 September,2010.
So, Hyderabad haleem doesn’t fall in the purview of Copyright protection.
So,If a laymen can talk about IP aspects then we can expect the correct use of term from a media persons.