Mathews P. George

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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Extension of Deadline to 31 January 2016: IUCIPRS Justice Rajagopala Ayyangar Summer Fellowship


Inter University Centre for Intellectual Property Rights Studies (IUCIPRS), CUSAT is offering Two Summer Fellowships under ‘IUCIPRS Justice Rajagopala Ayyangar Summer Fellowship’ program during the period April – June 2016. IUCIPRS has instituted this Fellowship to encourage teachers interested in IP research in India to spend minimum of two months during summer (April to June) at IUCIPRS undertaking research work in IP. Eligibility: Applicants shall be a teacher in any University/College in India for less than 10 years. Preference shall be…


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Trademark

Trademarks Registry Official among three convicted in graft case


Three persons, including a former Deputy Registrar of Trade Marks Registry, were recently convicted by the CBI Court in a corruption case. The Anti Corruption Branch of CBI had registered a case in 2011 against ND Kasturi, the then Deputy Registrar, Trade Marks Registry, Chennai, for allegedly accepting illegal gratification. [For Indiatoday report, see here.] We had earlier covered her arrest in 2011 here  and here. For the benefit of readers, I am reproducing excerpts: “……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Mrs. Kasturi was arrested for possessing…


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Three Indians Make it to MIP’s List of 50 most influential IP Personalities


Time for some kudos, just as the year draws to a close. As in previous years, the reputed international journal ‘Managing Intellectual Property’ (“MIP”), came up with its list of the 50 most influential people in IPR for 2014-15.   Apologies for carrying this slightly late in the day, but this article was behind a pay-wall till recently. Many thanks to MIP for opening it up! Here is a link to the full list, which includes the following famous names:…


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Innovation Patent

Form 27 and Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2015


Introduction I had earlier covered Shamnad Basheer v. Union of India where the petitioner highlighted the failure to enforce statutory provisions relating to the disclosure as to how patentees have worked their inventions. This is a unique provision in the Indian Patents Act, 1970 (section 146(2)), and year after year, patentees are mandated to submit information (through Form 27) on the extent to which they’ve worked their patent i.e converted it to an innovative product and supplied the product to…


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Copyright Others

Some thoughts on plagiarism


Recently, I came across an interesting article titled ’Putin’s dissertation and the revenge of RuNet’ The article focuses on academic plagiarism by the ruling class especially in Russia. They are being unearthed by Dissernet. Citing various actions against Dissernet at the official levels, the article argues, that the ‘hunter is (unfairly) being hunted’ now. I am not interested in the politics of this article. I have come across quite a few Russia-bashing articles in western media.  I have my own views…


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Others

Announcement of IUCIPRS Justice Rajagopala Ayyangar Summer Fellowship instituted by CUSAT


Inter University Centre for Intellectual Property Rights Studies (IUCIPRS), CUSAT is pleased to announce Two Summer Fellowships under ‘IUCIPRS Justice Rajagopala Ayyangar Summer Fellowship’ program during April to June 2016. IUCIPRS has instituted this Fellowship to encourage teachers interested in IP research in India to spend minimum of two months during summer (April to June) at IUCIPRS undertaking research work in IP. Eligibility: Applicants shall be a teacher in any University/College in India for less than 10 years. Preference shall…


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Innovation Patent

Patent Working in India: Delhi HC issues notice in Shamnad Basheer v. Union of India & Ors. – III


[* Long Post] Significance of ‘patent working’ norms I have already set the factual and theoretical background for this discussion. Patents are not ‘inherent’ rights enjoyed by an inventor. Whatever be the justifying rationale, it is a framework intended to result in ‘net’ benefits to the society. The Writ Petition rightly called it a “social bargain” wherein the benefits are expected to exceed the costs incurred by the society (in the form of a monopoly). As per the Patents Act, 1970, the patentee…


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Innovation Patent

Patent Working in India: Delhi HC issues notice in Shamnad Basheer v. Union of India & Ors. – II


[ * Long post] Objective of this post Patent is not an ‘inherent’ right enjoyed by an inventor. This understanding is crucial for appreciating the relevance of ‘patent working’ norms. This post discusses some of the prominent justifications and their pros and cons. Barring the natural law justification (which is now considered to be a weak justification for patents), all the other justifications, in one way or another, revolve around the argument that benefits of patent regime outweigh its costs. Jurisprudential…


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Patent

Patent Working in India: Delhi HC issues notice in Shamnad Basheer v. Union of India & Ors. – I


In a case that will have major repercussions on the future of the patent and innovation ecosystem in India, the Delhi HC recently issued notice to the Union of India in Shamnad Basheer v. Union of India & Others. The case deals with the failure to enforce statutory provisions relating to the disclosure as to how patentees have worked their inventions. This is a unique provision in the Indian Patents Act, 1970 (section 146(2)), and year after year, patentees are…


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Events

Attention Start Ups: Conference on legal and compliance challenges


A quick tidbit regarding an exciting event which will be held later this week. As Uber’s (read here) and Ola’s (read here) tryst with the law has revealed, legal compliance can play a crucial role in the growth of a start-up. In particular, while a start-up is scaling up, it often comes under the radar of the law and the government and must be particularly careful about legal compliance. In order to discuss this extremely relevant topic, Anand and Anand…


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