SpicyIP Events: GIAN Course on IPRs and International Economics Development


We are happy to announce that a GIAN course on Intellectual Property Rights and International Economics Development will be conducted from December 12-16, 2016 at IIT, Indore. The last date to register for the course is November 7, 2016.


About the Course

This is a survey course on the international aspects of intellectual property protection.  As Carsten Fink, the Chief Economist of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency, put it: “It is hard to find an area of international commerce in which policy discussions do not touch on questions of intellectual property (IP) protection – whether they concern medicines or music, seeds or solar cells.”  In 1995, a far reaching global agreement (known as the TRIPS Agreement) was struck, and is administered by the World Trade Organization (WTO).  This agreement has inspired much scholarly research on intellectual property protection, including masters and doctoral dissertations. The purpose of the course is to help participants take part in and contribute to the debate of the role IP in economic development.

Objectives of the Course

  • Participants will be exposed to the fundamental aspects of national and global intellectual property systems.
  • The institutions governing IPRs will be described to the participants.
  • They will learn to explain the role of different types of IPRs, such as patents and copyrights, as well as describe the function and features of IPR systems.
  • Economic theories and evidence on the impacts of IPRs on creativity, innovation, and diffusion, via trade and foreign direct investment (FDI), will be evaluated.
  • The policy relevance and implications of reforms in IPRs, particularly for technological change and improvements in developing countries, will be debated.
  • Participants will learn about the data sources, and other information sources, to conduct research on IP in the international economy. They will gain exposure to the research methods and approaches of legal and economic scholars.

Course Details

Module I: Conceptual Framework

  • Background: Basics of IPR policies and regulations. Institutions and Trends
  • North-South Models of Research and Development (R&D), Trade, and Technology Transfer
  • Economics of IPR I: Patents
  • Economics of IPR II: Copyrights

 Module II:  Applications 

  • IPR and Public Health I
  • IPR and Public Health II
  • IPR and Agriculture
  • IPR and Rural Development
  • IPR and Information Technology I
  • IPR and Information Technology II

Who Can Attend

  • Business executives in the area of IP management.
  • Postgraduate students of Economics and Law.
  • Research scholars in the field of economics of innovation and intellectual property rights, international trade, agriculture, health, and public policy.
  • Faculty and academics interested in cross disciplinary research in Economics and Law.

Teaching Faculty

Walter G. Park is a Professor of Economics at American University, Washington, D.C.  He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Toronto, M.Phil from Oxford University, and Ph.D from Yale University. His main fields of research are intellectual property rights and research and development (R&D), with a focus on international issues, such as trade and foreign direct investment.  His publications appear in Economic Inquiry, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, Review of World Economics, World Economy, World Patent Information, and in book chapters published by Academic Press, Elsevier Science, and Springer Verlag, among others.  He has developed indicators of intellectual property protection, which are widely cited and used by other researchers.

Course Coordinator

Ruchi Sharma

Associate Professor of Economics

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Indian Institute of Technology Indore

MP, India 453552

Phone: +91-731-2438-956

Email: [email protected]

Web: http://www.iiti.ac.in/people/~ruchi/

Registration Fees

Participants from Abroad: 500 USD

Participants from Industry: 10,000 INR

Participants from Academic and Research Institutions: 2500 INR

Students/Researchers from Academic and Research Institutions: 1500 INR

The above fee includes all instructional materials, computer use for tutorials, 24 hr free internet facility. The participants will be provided with single bedded accommodation on payment basis.

How to Register

Stage 1: Web (Portal) Registration: Visit GIAN Website: http://www.gian.iitkgp.ac.in/GREGN/index

Create login User ID and Password.

Fill up blank registration form and do web registration by paying Rs. 500/- online through Net banking/Debit/ Credit card.

This provides the users with life time registration to enroll in any no. of GIAN courses offered.

Stage 2: Course Registration (GIAN Portal): Log in to the GIAN portal with user ID and password created. Click on “Course Registration” option given at the top of the registration form.

Select the Course titled “Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and International Economic Development” from the list and click “Save” option.

Confirm your registration by clicking “Confirm Course”.

Only selected candidates will be intimated through e-mail  by the Course Coordinator.

Last date to register on GIAN portal:  November 7, 2016

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