SpicyIP Events: 5th Annual Refresher Course for Law Teachers on Developmental Perspectives on IPRs [CUSAT Cochin, June 21-28]

We are pleased to announce that the Inter University Centre for Intellectual Property Rights Studies (IUCIPRS), CUSAT is hosting a seven-day exhaustive training programme for law teachers from 21st to 28th June, 2019. The theme for 2019 is “IPRs and Competition-Social Dimensions”. The deadline for submission of applications is May 20, 2019. For further details, please read the announcement below:

Announcing the 5th edition of our Annual Refresher Course on IPR for Law Teachers on Developmental Perspectives of Intellectual Property Rights, June 21-28, 2019

We are pleased to inform that our Centre is hosting a seven-day exhaustive training programme for law teachers. The theme for 2019 is “IPRs and Competition-Social Dimensions”, which is going to take place in the month of June (21st -28th). The last date for application is May 20, 2019.


We have been conducting various programmes on IP laws so as to create awareness among students and faculty. One among those is the “Refresher Course for Law Teachers”. The seven day programme is aimed at evolving a group of experts in IP laws, both in teaching and research, who would be capable of addressing various policy issues as well as academic needs of the country for a crucial and highly technical area of law. It is a series of programme with the broad theme as Developmental Perspectives of IPR Laws, wherein every year we choose specific area in IPRs for through deliberations and discussions. The programme started in 2015 focusing on the various forms of IPRs. It was followed by “Patent Law and Development” in 2016 and “Copyright: A Social Justice Perspective” in 2017. This year the theme of our programme is “IPRs and Competition-Social Dimensions”, which is the fifth in series of the programme. Our purpose behind this theme is to look at the look at the interplay between competition and intellectual property rights so as to understand whether both the legal regimes need to work together so as to achieve a common objective of global welfare.

Concept Note

The intellectual property rights and the competition may seem to be in conflict with each other at the first instance. However, a deeper understanding of the same sheds light to the fact that both aim to achieve a common end- i.e. global welfare. The means to this end, followed by both the systems, might be diverse.  Intellectual property, in itself, does not confer absolute monopoly to the IP holder but a limited monopoly keeping in mind the consumer welfare that the IP seeks to achieve. If IP is to promote affordable access, one cannot do so forgoing competition. It is with this view that competition principles are pushed into the IP framework. This is evident from the express competition provisions present inside the TRIPs agreement, which is the present international document binding the member countries to create national IP law. Apart from the express provisions on competition, TRIPs contains provisions which has an effect of encouraging competition. The positive side of bringing competition inside the IP law is that the dynamic efficiency of the IP regime does not get hampered. At the same time, this does not prohibit the national competition policy and authorities from monitoring the conduct of the IP holders. It is therefore the aim of this programme to have a better understanding of the tryst between competition law and IP.

The tentative dates of the programme are from June 21st to 28th, 2019. The sub themes for the programme are:

  1. Principles of Competition
  2. Concept of Innovation and economic efficiency
  3. Interplay between competition and intellectual property law
  4. Indian Competition law, its principles and intellectual property law
  5. Competition principles within Indian Patent Law
  6. Patents and Access to Medicine: Competition Law as a Flexibility
  7. Competition principles within Indian Copyright Law
  8. Plant Varieties Law and Competition

Registration Details

Teachers who are interested to participate may register by mailing to [email protected] along with a brief description of their academic profile, on or before May 20, 2019. Registration fee for the programme is Rs. 2000/-(inclusive of working lunch and refreshments for the programme days). Participants will be reimbursed the amount of second class sleeper charges from the railway station nearest to Aluva, Cochin. Participants have to manage and bear the cost of accommodation. Participation is limited to the first thirty registrations. For further details of the programme, kindly log on to our website ciprs.cusat.ac.in.

For Queries


Anjana Girish

Assistant Professor, IUCIPRS

Email: [email protected]

Mob: 91 9847063736

Joint Co-ordinator

Vishnu Sankar P.

Research Officer, IUCIPRS

Email:  [email protected]

Mob: 91 8089726467

Student Co-ordinator

Vivek A.V.

Email:[email protected]

Mob: 8714310160

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