Inter University Centre for IPR Studies

Cochin University of Science and Technology

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Brief History

The Inter University Centre for IPR Studies is an autonomous institution established by the Government of Kerala in Cochin University of Science and Technology. The main objective of IUCIPRS is to evolve into a research hub and resource centre of international repute and to act as a think tank in the area of IPR and related subjects. The main activities of the Centre include policy research support to both Central and State Governments, supporting/assisting Government of India in international negotiations, conducting extensive research in intellectual property related areas, conducting different types of academic programmes.

Governing Structure of IUCIPRS

The IUCIPRS came into existence by the constitution of its first Governing Council by the Government of Kerala vide G.O. (Ms) No. 348/10/H.Edn. dated l3/10/20I0.This  was further modified by G.O (Ms) No.235/11/ H.Edn. dated 23/09/ 2011. The powers of the Governing Council were approved by the Government of Kerala by its letter No.35733/B2/10/H.Edn dated 10/12/2010 which also decided to transfer the funds for the Centre from Government of Kerala to the Accounts of the IUCIPRS through CUSAT. The first meeting of the Governing Council approved the Regulation for the functioning of the Centre and constituted the Executive Committee of the Centre with five members. There is also a Faculty Committee comprising of the Director and all faculty members of the Centre to take care of the academic activities of the Centre. The Executive Committee also constituted a Technical Committee on Construction with one of its members as Chairman to look into the construction activities of the Centre.

Objectives of the Centre

The main objective of IUCIPRS is to evolve into a research hub and resource centre of international repute and to act as a think tank in the area of IPR and related subjects. It is meant to be a place facilitating interaction among researchers from different universities and research institutions in India and abroad. IUCIPRS aims at facilitating multidisciplinary teaching and research in the area of IPR and related subjects.

 

Overview

Programms

Activities

The main activities of the Centre include policy research support to both Central and State Governments, supporting/assisting Government of India in international negotiations, conducting extensive research in intellectual property related areas, conducting different types of academic programmes including full time Ph.D programmes with fellowships, facilitating multi-disciplinary research, undertaking post graduate courses for students of School of Legal Studies and for students from Science, Technology and Management disciplines of CUSAT, short-time fellowships for students from other universities who have registered for Ph.D on any IP related areas, visiting fellowships for eminent academics from India and abroad giving them an opportunity to associate with IUCIPRS by engaging in teaching and research.

Admission

Five Year Intergrated dual Degree Programme (syllabus) with an approved intake of 5 students each stated in 2013. The number of students in the two batches are:

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    In addition to this, we also organize various seminars, conferences and workshops on emerging issues on Intellectual Property Law and conduct training programmes for judges, professionals, scientists, students of other Universities in India etc. The Centre also extends support to scientists, industrialists and other technical experts from CUSAT and outside in obtaining different forms of IP protection.  The Centre has been undertaking various research projects and publishing books and research papers from 2003 onwards.

     

     

Students

Centre stated the multidisciplinary research programme (Ph.D) in February 2011 and admitted seven students till 2015. These students are from the disciplines of Law, Political Science, Management and Anthroplogy. One student is from Kenya on ICCR Fellowship. Five other students are also registed with the Faculty of the Centre out of which 4 were awarded Ph.D. uisque ut libero sapien. Integer tellus nisl, efficitur sed dolor at, vehicula finibus massa. Sed tincidunt metus sed eleifend suscipit.

Vision and Mission

Inter University Centre for IPR Studies (IUCIPRS) is an autonomous institution established by the Government of Kerala in Cochin University of Science and Technology. This is one of the Inter University Centres conceived and implemented by the Department of Higher Education, Government of Kerala. But the IUCIPRS is unique among other Inter University Centres as it is administered by a Governing Council with the Minister for Education, Government of Kerala as the Chairman, the Vice Chancellor of CUSAT as Vice Chairman, and renowned academics from all over India, including Vice Chancellors of several Universities in Kerala as members.

Brief History

The Centre for IPR Studies, established in the School of Legal Studies of the Cochin University of Science & Technology in 2003, is converted into IUCIPRS to encourage multidisciplinary teaching and research in the area of intellectual property rights. Centre for IPR Studies was originally established with Dr. K.N. Chandrasekharan Pillai, Dean, Faculty of Law as the Hon. Director and Dr. N.S. Gopalakrishnan as the Coordinator.  The Centre is also supported by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, which has established HRD Chair on Intellectual Property Rights in CUSAT in 2003. The Government of India also extended financial support to develop a depository of IPR materials.  The Centre, thus at present, receives financial assistance from both the Centre and the State Governments. At present the Centre has one of the best collections on IPR from different parts of the world.

 

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Faculties and STAFF

speakers

Anjana Girish

Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Research work Group on Copyright, IUCIPRS

Our Research Officers

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Dr Asha Radha Dr Asha Radha
Dr Vishnu Sankar Dr Vishnu Sankar
B) Bilal Nazeer
 Naveen Gopal (DPIIT) Naveen Gopal (DPIIT)
Sulok SK (DPIIT) Sulok S K (DPIIT)

Our Programs

Centre stated the multidisciplinary research programme (Ph.D) in February 2011 and admitted seven students till 2015. These students are from the disciplines of Law, Political Science, Management and Anthroplogy. One student is from Kenya on ICCR Fellowship. Five other students are also registed with the Faculty of the Centre out of which 2 were awarded Ph.D.

    1. Visiting Fellowships

 A number of eminent scholars from India, USA, Brazil, England, Germany & Italy were identified to be invited to the Centre.  The following two scholars visited the Centre.

 

  1. Marie Dagmar Mesidor, Rua Sao Salvador, 59 apt, 1210, bloco C, 22231-130 Reo de Janeiro,  Brazil visited IUCIPRS in January 2012. She participated in the Second Annual National Workshop for Law Students “Rethinking IP” as a resource person and delivered a Faculty Seminar on “Competition Law and Intellectual Property Law: A comparison between the Indian and Brazilian Laws”. She also submitted a draft paper “Intellectual Propery Rights in Competition Law: The Issues of Compulsory License” which she will be publishing acknowledging the Centre.
  1. Dr. Shamnad Basheer, Professor, HRD Chair on IPR, NUJS, Kolkatta was in the Centre for three months (September to Novmber 2012). He participated in the teaching of the IPR elective course, interacted with the Ph.D scholars, delivered a faculty seminar on the Novartis case pending before the Supreme Court and prepared a research paper.  

 

                             PG Courses offered:

      1.  Five Year Intergrated dual Degree Programme with an approved intake of 5 students each stated in 2013. The number of students in the two batches are:
        1. MIP.,Ph.D – 5 students
        2. LL.M(IPR)., Ph.D – 9 students
      2. Elective course on “Introduction to IPR: Patent Law and Practice” for students of CUSAT (other than law students) - 74 students took the course.
      3. Elective course on “Patent Law, TRIPS Agreement and Access to Medicine” for LL.M students of School of Legal Studies – 51 students took the course.

Academic collaborations

 

      1. Prof. (Dr.) Reto M. Hilty, Managing Director, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law visited IUCIPRS on 8th March 2011 and discussed with the Vice Chancellor on possible collaborations. We have agreed to have Collaborative research in the area of copyright and patent. We assisted in the preparation of the Patent Declaration project and also on compulsory licences project. Mr. Narendran, Research Fellow of IUCIPRS has visited Max Planck. The Director of the Centre also participated in the workshop organized by the Max Plank in Munich during October 2011 and delivered a lecture in the Max Plank Institute.

 

IUCIPRS joined as an institutional partner of Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) programme of CSIR to assist on IPR related issues. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) invited the Centre to join as an institutional partner to its ambitious OSDD programme. The objective of OSDD is to accelerate development of new, low cost drugs to treat infectious diseases that plague the developing world. The vision is to provide a global platform to facilitate best minds to collaborate and collectively innovate to solve complex problems in developing novel therapies for tropical infectious diseases.  The IUCIPRS will assist the OSDD team in solving the complex IPR issues that may emerge  in the process of discovering new therapies using open source.

IPR Facilitation

The Centre is offering limited free service to the needy to acquire various intellectual property rights by way of filing patent, copyright, trademark, design etc.  The staff and research scholars of  Cochin University seek advice from the Centre on IPR matters, particularly on patent. A number of persons from outside University often consult the Centre seeking advice on IPR related issues. Majority are local inventors seeking clarification on how to obtain patent. The Centre eventually will undertake this work on a regular basis.

Please contact Dr I G Rathish Assistant Professor IUCIPRS

 

Our Vision and Mision

The main objective of IUCIPRS is to evolve into a research hub and resource centre of international repute and to act as a think tank in the area of IPR and related subjects. It is meant to be a place facilitating interaction among researchers from different universities and research institutions in India and abroad. IUCIPRS aims at facilitating multidisciplinary teaching and research in the area of IPR and related subjects.

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