MHRD IP Chair in NLU Jodhpur presents IP Roundtable Symposium


The followers of Spicy IP may be pleased to know that a two-day roundtable symposium on ‘The Emerging Legal and Policy Landscape of Intellectual Property Protection for Pharmaceuticals in India’ is going to be held at the National Law University, Jodhpur on March 17 and 18, 2012. The symposium is the product of a joint effort by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Chair on IPR at NLUJ and the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Among other contemporary issues, the symposium is going to include specific sessions on topics such as The Intellectual Property Regime for Pharmaceuticals: Contemporary Challenges, Working through Remedies and Exceptions to Patent Rights, Trade and International Intellectual Property, Market Environment, Price Regulation and Competition in the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry and Pharmaceutical Innovation: Intellectual Property and Beyond. With a diverse range of speakers consisting of legal and management scholars and economists, judges, practicing attorneys in IPR and Trade law, industry representatives and other stakeholders, the symposium promises to offer a wide variety of food for thought in terms of the matters debated upon.

Following is the detailed schedule for the symposium:

March 17, 2012:

Inaugural Session (9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.)
Welcome: Prof. K. K. Banerjee (Dean- Faculty of Science, and Director, Centre for IP Studies, NLU, Jodhpur)
Inaugural Address: Justice S. Ravindra Bhat (Hon’ble Judge, Delhi High Court)
Presidential Address: Justice N. N. Mathur (Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, NLU, Jodhpur)
Vote of Thanks: Mr. Yogesh Pai (Asst. Prof. of Law & Coordinator: Ministry of HRD Chair on IPR, NLU, Jodhpur)

Session I – The Intellectual Property Regime for Pharmaceuticals: Contemporary Challenges (10:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Chair: Mr. Dilip Shah, Secretary General, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance, Mumbai

  • The Post-2005 Patent regime and the Pharma-Biotech Sector: Indian Patent Law and Policy in the Making – Dr. Malathi Lakshmikumaran, Director, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan, Attorneys, New Delhi
  • Pharma Patents: Procedural Challenges in Opposition and Revocation Proceedings- Mr. Essenese Obhan, Founding Partner, Obhan & Associates, New Delhi
  • The Enduring Enigma of section 3(d): Will the Supreme Court Prune the Evergreen Tree? ­­– Mr. Adarsh Ramanujan, Associate, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan, New Delhi
  • Pharmaceutical Data Exclusivity and Implications for Generic Entry– Mr. Madhukar Sinha, Professor, Centre for WTO Studies, IIFT, New Delhi


Session II – Working Through Remedies and Exceptions to Patent Rights (2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.)
Chair: Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, Judge, Delhi High Court

  • Limited Exceptions and Compulsory Licenses in Patent Law: Towards a New Jurisprudence for Access to Medicines– K. M. Gopakumar, Legal Advisor, Third World Network, New Delhi
  • Pharmaceutical Patent Enforcement: A Developmental Perspective- Prof. Shamnad Basheer, Ministry of HRD Chair on IPR, NUJS, Kolkata


Session- III : Trade and International Intellectual Property (3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Chair: Mr. Madhukar Sinha, Professor, Centre for WTO Studies, IIFT, New Delhi

  • The Emerging Paradigm of Global IP Enforcement in FTAs and TRIPS-plus Agreements: Implications for Access to Medicines- Mr. Anand Grover, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Director- Lawyers Collective and the UN Special Rapporteur to the Right to Health
  • Defining the Space for Unilateralism under International Intellectual Property Law: The Case of Border Measures Against Goods in Transit- Mr. Shashank P. Kumar, Consultant, New Delhi


March 18, 2012:

Session – IV: Market Environment, Price Regulation and Competition in the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry (9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
Chair: Prof. Shamnad Basheer, Ministry of HRD Chair on IPR, NUJS, Kolkata

  • The Emerging Market Environment in the Indian Pharmaceutical Sector: Indian Generic Industry in the Post-TRIPS World- Prof. Sudip Chaudhuri, IIM, Kolkata
  • The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy, 2011- Mr. Dilip Shah, Secretary General, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance, Mumbai
  • The IP and Competition Law Interface in the Pharmaceutical Sector– Mr. J. Sai Deepak, Associate, Saikrishna Associates, New Delhi


Session – V: Pharmaceutical Innovation: Intellectual Property and Beyond (11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.)
Chair: K M. Gopakumar, Legal Advisor, Third World Network, New Delhi

  • Attempts for an Indian Bayh Dole and Publicly Funded Pharmaceutical Innovation- Prof. Amit Shovon Ray, JNU, New Delhi
  • IP and Globalization of the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry: Emerging Concerns for Innovation and Access – Mr. Santhosh M R., Associate Fellow, Centad, New Delhi


Summary of Proceedings and Vote of Thanks (12:50 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) – Yogesh Pai, Asst. Professor of Law & Coordinator: Ministry of HRD Chair on IPR, NLU, Jodhpur

For further information about the symposium, one can get in touch with the Office of the Ministry of HRD Chair on IPR, NLUJ, Ph: +91-291-5100744, Email: [email protected]

As an aside, a perusal of this schedule will reveal to the followers that Professor Shamnad Basheer himself is going to be a part of the symposium and those followers, who will be in Jodhpur on those days and are yet to meet in person the founding brain behind Spicy IP, can perhaps avail of this opportunity too!

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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.

One comment.

  1. AvatarNatasha

    Hi, I ‘d like to attend this.
    Be grateful if I could find out about a registration process/requirements to attend this.

    Natasha

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