SpicyIP Events: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights: Second Annual National Workshop for Law Students

SpicyIP is pleased to announce the second edition of the Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights Annual Workshop, a great opportunity for students across the country, organised by the Inter University Centre for IPR Studies in association with HRD Chair on IPR, Cochin University of Science and Technology. We had blogged about the first annual workshop here.

This year’s workshop is to be held from January 12 to 14, 2012 and the theme is “Indian Patent Law: Social Overtones”.

Objectives of the Annual workshop
The pedagogical practice existing among the Law Schools of India predominantly approaches IP from a commercial angle. It often ignores the social implications of IP. The main objective of Intellectual Property Law is to maintain a correct balance between protection of IP and providing access to the public to modern technology. The western approach of looking at IP as a catalyst for development is being followed by our law schools without being interrogated. Our experience with the western approach signifies that it stifles innovation and research. The question, therefore, is should India imitate the western practices, both statutory and judicial, or whether we should evolve our own jurisprudence of IP reflecting national developmental perspectives.

About the theme of 2012
Due to the advent of newer technologies there is demand for stronger patent protection to inventions from new and new fields of technology. Strengthening of patent protection has presently led majority of developed countries to the verge of breakdown of their IP system itself. Patent trolls and patent thickets could be seen blocking further development of technology instead of encouraging and promoting research and innovation. The theme of 2011, thus, addresses the need for reconstructing the philosophy of Patent Law with a view to ensuring access to and promoting innovation.

The programme include lectures, invited talks, case studies, corner discussions, students’ presentations, exercises, scenario analysis, role play, field exposure etc.

The sub-themes are:
• Preserving Public Domain: Role of patentability standards
• Promotion of Innovation: Limitations of exceptions to patent rights
• Public Health: Limitations of Compulsory Licensing and Parallel importing
• Traditional Knowledge: New Challenges on Patent Law
• Rethinking patent right: Should it be Individual Private Property or Collective Property?

Venue: Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, Kerala

Registration: Law students willing to prepare a paper on any of the sub-themes could apply. The sub-themes will be allocated to students on the approval of the theme by IUCIPRS based on the title and abstract of the paper submitted by the students. Each student is allowed to register by sending abstracts (maximum 350 words) on one or two themes on or before August 15th 2011.

Selection: Selection of the students to the workshop shall be based on the quality of the paper submitted on or before 30th September 2011.

Address for communication: Director, Inter University Centre for IPR Studies, School of Legal Studies Building, Cochin University P.O. Cochin – 682022, Kerala.
Phone: 0484-2862013

For detailed programme and registration visit http://ciprs.cusat.ac.in



  1. Kshitij Malhotra

    It is totally perverse to talk about patent trolls and patent thickets when there is a serious lack of intent in domestic circles about creating valuable patent assets. The level of interest in academic schools regarding research is poor, and the quality of research output of these schools is medieval. Academic schools should debate on how to create efficient processes of innovation and supplement it by an effecting patent regime rather than discussing so called ‘threat from western imitation’. In the present scenario, patent trolls for India will be a boon rather than a bane.

  2. Anonymous

    @ Kshitij:
    I don’t know from where on earth you got this notion that the workshop has to do with patent trolls only. Any sensible dude would see that it has many sub-themes. First things first, why do you think that patents are the only way to generate incentives? What evidence do you have on this? And about the lack of intent to create patent portfolios, it’s all about capacities to invent domestically, which depends on many economic variables, including patents. And on your nasty pick about quality research in law schools, why don’t you join some law school and engage in “quality research”. You sit in big offices trying to serve your vested interests… why will you be bothered about anything else?


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