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Bias in Industry Funded Research: A Problem of Funding Source or Lack of Openness in Research?


We are glad to bring to you a guest post by Dr. Arul George Scaria on industry funded research/conferences and bias, a recently much debated issue on our blog. Dr. Scaria is an Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC) at National Law University, Delhi. The views expressed is this post are his personal and he wishes to thank Kuhuk Jain and Shreyashi Ray for their critical comments on this post. Bias in Industry Funded…


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Industry Funding and Bias (II): Towards Transparency and a Plurality of Perspectives


In an earlier post, I noted that industry funding will, more often than not, carry the presumption of bias towards results that ultimately favour industry bottom-lines or priorities. Let me offer another example on industry funding and how it tends to slowly dry up when the dividends don’t yield. During my stint at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (NUJS), I was approached by a prominent policy advocate (working in-house with a leading global IP giant), keen on finding…


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Industry Funding and Bias (I): Some Personal Reflections in the Aftermath of the Mashelkar Massacre


Reddy vs Ragavan Industry funding into academic spaces has always been a bone of deep contention. Little wonder then that we’ve had sharply divergent views on this blog in the recent past. While Prof Srividya Ragavan cautioned against industry funding into the academic space on account of the potential for bias/industry capture, Prashant Reddy thinks it’s perfectly kosher; in fact, he goes on to endorse a greater infusion of industry funding into this space. The Mashelkar Massacre: While I’m no…


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Really, Industry Sponsored IP Conferences are No Big Deal


There’s an old saying: Blessed is he who manages to provoke a tenured American law professor to write out a full post in response to a mere four sentences. Jokes aside, I’m glad that Srividhya took out the time to respond to my passing reference to industry sponsored conferences in my earlier post. Let me begin with what I meant by “mid-wiving” of conferences by universities. When industries sponsors centres or conferences in academic institutions, there is obviously an expectation…


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Industry and Impartiality!


  We are pleased to present to you a guest post by Prof. Srividhya Ragavan on the issue of industry funding and IP research and conferences. This comes in response to a recent post by Prashant wherein he briefly discusses this issue. Some of our earlier posts on this topic can be found here, here, here, here and here.   Industry and Impartiality! Srividhya Ragavan I felt that it is time to write specifically about the discussion on impressions from industry…


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The deposit orders in Ericsson’s patent lawsuits are neither “middle-path” nor “innovative” – these orders are flawed and illegal


A few weeks ago we carried a guest post by Professors Chien and Contreras. It’s nice to see foreign academics engaging and writing on Indian IP law. Over the last year, a lot of foreign law professors have been attending the numerous conferences hosted by the IP centres in NLU-Delhi and Jindal Law School on the issues of on Standard Essential Patent (SEP) litigation. Both law schools have received very generous grants from Qualcomm for research in IP and competition…


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Guest Post: IP conferences, judges & ethics: A presumption of bias?


Prashant Reddy has for our readers a very well worded post which addresses the issue of the general perception that judges may become bias after attending industry sponsored conferences, in a very perceptive manner. His observation of this issue provides an alternate view to an earlier post on the same issue here. Prashant is an independent IP consultant. He was an integral part of SpicyIP for many years and is a prolific writer! IP Conferences, judges & ethics: A presumption of…


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Participation at ASSOCHAM event to create conflict of interest : Letter to CCI


The ASSOCHAM organised IP conference on ‘Interface between Intellectual Property & Competition Law’ – Invention, Growth and New Challenges’ held on the 7th of this month became the subject of much controversy, when a section of the civil society, comprising organisations Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, IT for Change, Bangalore, Knowledge Commons Collective, New Delhi, National Working Group on Patent Laws, New Delhi and Software Freedom Law Centre, New Delhi raised concerns against the participation…


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GWU – CII ‘Legal Education’ program set to make a comeback to India: Will it survive the criticism from the NGO + Cipla lobby?


Image from here The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), has announced on its website that it will be hosting, in December, 2012 the ‘8th Annual India Legal Education Program’, that is conducted jointly by the George Washington University (GWU) and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The conference has usually been conducted on an annual basis ever since 2003, except for the last year when I don’t think it was held, subject of course to correction. The last edition of the…


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Conflict, Bias and the Future of Indian IP


T’was only some months ago that a big ticket IP litigation involving Novartis’ anti-cancer drug was derailed owing to the recusal by a Supreme Court judge (Justice Bhandari), following allegations of bias. I then pondered on the norms for recusal, asking where we ought to peg our standards? Too strict a standard of recusal, and judges are let off too loosely (and we end up with genuine miscarriages of justice). Too liberal a standard (where anything and everything qualifies as…


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