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IIPS Annual IP Essay Competition, 2011


The Institute of Intellectual Property Studies (IIPS) is conducting a national IP essay competition on “THE ROLE OF THE LEGISLATURE, THE GOVERNMENT, JUDICIARY AND PRIVATE ENTERPRISES IN PROTECTING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN INDIA”. In the context of the roles of any of the specific bodies mentioned above, participants may choose any one of the following topics:
A) Compulsory licensing of Copyrights: Public interest and entertainment industry
B) Is open source policy a competitive alternative to monopoly rights or can the two coexist?
C) Challenges of overlapping IPR protection- Blurred boundaries defeat the distinctiveness of developed IP laws
D) Creating value and employability out of the business of inventing- the economics of IPR protection
E) Protecting traditional arts, handicrafts and community IPRs – India’s approach on Geographical Indications protection
Submission details:
Eligibility: The competition is open to all individuals who have completed their Grade 12.
Font: Times New Roman, size 12, with 1.5 spacing
Number of words: Maximum of 5000 words (excluding bibliography, abstract and footnotes).
Last date of submission: 15th July, 2011
Send your entries to [email protected] and [email protected] The winning essays will be published in IPost, the IIPS ANNUAL IP JOURNAL. For more information, visit www.iips.ac.in. Kindly note that the deadline of 30th June, 2011 (as mentioned in the website) has now been extended by fifteen days.

Mathews P. George

Mathews is a graduate of National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. His interest in intellectual property was kindled when he bagged the second position in his second year of Law School (in the prestigious Nani Palkhiwala Essay Competition on Intellectual Property). His stint as a student of Prof. Shamnad Basheer further accentuated his interest in intellectual property. Winner of almost a dozen essay competitions in his Law School days, he was involved in various research and policy initiatives relating to intellectual property. Mathews is, currently, based out of Munich, Germany. He had earlier done his LLM in 'IP and Competition Law' from Munich Intellectual Property Law Centre (jointly run by Max Plank Institute for Innovation and Competition, University of Augsburg, Technical University of Munich and George Washington University, Washington).

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