Invited Talks

  • Dr. Biswajit Dhar on “Patent Pool” on 21/03/2017.

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The speaker began with taking note of the unprecedented increase in the patenting activity since mid 1990’s which resulted in patent thickets. He examined WIPO definition for patent pool highlighting the term “patent owner” and cited the difference on the same in Medicine Patent Pool.He emphasised on pro-competitive benefits like reducing transaction cost, clearing blocking positions, avoiding costly infringement litigation etc. arising out of patent pool by integrating technologies. Aircraft industry patent pool driven by Government was given as example for beneficial patent pool. He agrees with Prof. Shapiro on the point that patent pools are presently the solution for blocking patents.

Presently standards have taken over tariff in developed countries. The speaker identifies Standard Setting in digital industries are problematic patent pool as big companies collude with each other and hinders entrance of start-ups into the market. He looked FTC guidelines in two cases especially the patent pool in MPEG. Pro-competitive element and problems with MPEG were analysed.The Medicines Patent Pool functioning, members and licensing practices were discussed by the speaker. He also addressed the concern of generics having contractual relationship with the tycoons and its implication on market. He was worried about the neglect on affordability concern in the patent pool system. Addressing India he put forward the diminishing use of TRIPs flexibility, our business model and present behavior of the generics.

In his conclusion he also raised the need for user to become aware of the implication and impact of MNC’s over the market and start questioning the same as there is no Government questioning the practices taking place.

  • Dr. Anuj Bhuvania delivered a lecture on Public Interest Litigation on 20/3/2017

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The session was a talk by Dr. Anuj Bhuvania who is currently the law faculty at SAARC University, Delhi and aimed at introducing his book on ‘Public Interest Litigation (PIL)’. The book sought to criticize the concept of PIL and the direction in which it is evolving in India in the past decades.

He states that the primary driving force behind the emergence of PIL was as a response from the superior judiciary in India to the emergence period which was declared from 1975-1977 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.  During emergence period various verdicts came from the superior courts justifying the acts of the State and the consequent injustice caused. Thus the post emergence era saw the emergence of the so called ‘Populous court’ and ‘committed judiciary’. Here the procedural difficulties proved as an obstacle in reducing the distance between the court and the common man and thus PIL was seen as a remedy to this problem. PIL which primarily sought to dilute the ‘locus standi’ rule was criticized by the speaker as an unprecedented and incorrect approach on the part of the judiciary. Thus PIL from its inception was to inevitably result in the ill consequences which we see today as is reflected from the various verdicts from the judiciary.

The speaker thus states that PIL has diluted the locus standi rule to such an extent that ‘the procedures’ to be followed by the court which acted as a check on the uniformity and transparency of the court is now being diluted and is causing more harm rather than good. He quotes many instances in which the court gave judgments without even ensuring adequate representation of the aggrieved parties. He also criticizes the approach of the State in supporting this activism by the court in many instances. He concludes that PIL was a concept which was wrong to begin with and at least at this later stage adequate guidelines must be prescribed to ensure that the court is not left fully free to act on its whims and fancies.

  • Dr. Shubha Ghosh visited IUCIPRS and interacted with students, teachers and researchers ( 2nd June 2016)

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  • Dr. Babu Mathew visited the Centre and  interacted with students on 19th February 2016

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  •  Dr. Ruma Pal and Samaradithya Pal visited IUCIPRS and interacted with the students on 18th January 2016

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  • Visit from Singapore Management University (29th to 30th)

Warren CHIK (Associate Professor, SMU) and Liu Kung-Chung (Professor, SMU) visited the Centre on 29th to 30th April 2014 and discussed “The Academic Programmes and Future Collaboration”. They interacted with the Teaching Faculty, Research Officers, Research Associates, Research Scholars and Students and every one shared their views.

Warren CHIK and Liu Kung-Chung from Singapore Management University