Shamnad Basheer

Shamnad Basheer

Prof (Dr) Shamnad Basheer founded SpicyIP in 2005. He is currently the Honorary Research Chair of IP Law at Nirma University and a visiting professor of law at the National Law School (NLS), Bangalore. He is also the Founder of IDIA, a project to train underprivileged students for admissions to the leading law schools. He served for two years as an expert on the IP global advisory council (GAC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2015, he received the Infosys Prize in Humanities in 2015 for his work on legal education and on democratising the discourse around intellectual property law and policy. The jury was headed by Nobel laureate, Prof Amartya Sen. Professional History: After graduating from the NLS, Bangalore Professor Basheer joinedAnand and Anand, one of India’s leading IP firms. He went on to head their telecommunication and technology practice and was rated by the IFLR as a leading technology lawyer. He left for the University of Oxford to pursue post-graduate studies, completing the BCL, MPhil and DPhil as a Wellcome Trust scholar. His first academic appointment was at the George Washington University Law School, where he served as the Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor of IP Law. He then relocated to India in 2008 to take up the MHRD Chaired Professorship in IP Law at WB NUJS, a leading Indian law school. Prof Basheer has published widely and his articles have won awards, including those instituted by ATRIP and the Stanford Technology Law Review. He is consulted widely by the government, industry, international organisations and civil society on a variety of IP issues. He also serves on several government committees.

Patent

Patent Databases in India


A new blog on patent information provides the following details on existing patent databases in India. “Indian patent office provides the bibliographic information freely, but charge for full text. Indian patents can be search in following databases: Ekaswa- A Database: Patent applications filed in India as published in the issues of the Gazette of India (Part III, Section 2) from January 1995 to December 2004. Ekaswa-B Database: Patent applications notified for opposition in the Gazette of lndia (Part III, Section…


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Competition Law

Competition Bill in India: The nexus with IP


At long last!! After being stuck for some years, the Competition Bill is finally passed by the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament in India) . It has yet to clear the Rajya Sabha (upper house) and signed by the President before it becomes law. SpicyIP carried some interesting posts on the Iphone (thanks to Aysha) where we highlighted some of the possible ways in which the competition authority in India might intervene to correct IP abuses in India. The…


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Copyright

THE PIRACY PARADOX: "FASHIONABLE" IP


Mrinalini’s post spurred an interesting discussion on piracy and whether it was a plain “evil”, a “necessary evil” or perhaps a “necessary angel”. A recent scholarly article by Professors Rausiala and Springman point out to the “angelic” qualities of “piracy” and proves that it may indeed prove more a boon than a bane in certain industries. Interestingly titled the “piracy paradox”, the abstract is as below: The orthodox justification for intellectual property is utilitarian. Advocates for strong IP rights argue…


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Price Controls in India: Emerging Dichotomy between Consumers Groups and Domestic Industry


The ET reports on the recent opposition of the pharmaceutical industry to price controls: “Pharma industry on Wednesday opposed a move to tighten controls on drug pricing at a meeting of a Group of Ministers, even as Chemicals Minister Ram Vilas Paswan maintained his stand for expanding the list of essential medicines to be regulated. “My ministry is in favour of strengthening National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) so that prices of essential medicines remain under check,” Paswan reporters after the…


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Innovation

SpicyIP Tidbits


1. Minister gets Innovative, announces Indian Innovation Act: CNN-IBN reports that Kapil Sibal, the Minister of Science and Technology is promoting an Indian Innovation Act. I quote: “In an effort to increase research investment, the Science and Technology Ministry has announced the Indian Innovation Act. It has asked FICCI to prepare a draft for the act by December this year. The aim of the legislation would be not just to increase research investment, but also strengthen education opportunities in science,…


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SpicyIP Events


1. National Seminar on Patents on 23rd September,2007. Thanks to Malavika Kumar, an outstanding student at ILS, Pune for bringing this to our attention. This workshop is organised by the Indian Institute of e Business Management(IIeBM)in association with GMGC and Times Group and will include discussions on a wide variety of India IP themes, including the Novartis Case, Software Patenting and E-filing of Patents Prominent speakers include Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar (Former Director General of CISR,India) and Dr. S. Chandrashekaran (Former…


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Need Co-Bloggers


If any of you are interested in joining SpicyIP as a co-blogger, please let me know ([email protected]). We are particularly interested in folks that can blog on non patent related IP matters (copyright, trademarks, traditional knowledge, GI’s) or even “innovation” more generally or any other IP/innovation theme that has some relevance for India. The understanding between us now is that each blogger post at least once a week. We intend to make this blog a one stop shop for leading…


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SpicyIP Events


1. NAS Conference on Innovation in India and China: For details on this upcoming conference by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington DC (Sept 24-25), please see here. Along with Prof Bhaven Sampat, I am presenting a paper on innovation in India. Note the catchy title of the Conference: “The Dragon and the Elephant:Understanding the Development of Innovation Capacity In China and India”. I just wish that they’d used “tiger” instead of “elephant”:) 2. Workshop on ‘Trade and…


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Patent

Public Participation in IP Policy Making


Arun K Thiruvengadam, a brilliant constitutional law scholar who teaches at the National University of Singapore (NUS) comments on an interesting article in “law and other things” (where I co-blog as well). I reproduce his post below “The purpose of this post is to make a somewhat obvious and trite point, which, however, seems to be worth reiterating in current times. Kaushik Basu has a recent column in the HT which articulates this very well: “Democracy runs on participation, and…


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SPICY COMMENTS


We’re starting a new section, where we intend to pick up interesting comments by readers and post them on the blog. As many of you know, you can comment on any one of our posts by visiting the blog and clicking on the “comments” tab at the end of each post. Anyway, of the recent posts, we found the following to be the most interesting (“spicy”): 1. Shamnad’s post on JC Bose and his aversion to Patenting: Prof Rajesh Kochhar…


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