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Annual National Law Students Workshop on Rethinking International Property Rights

The pedagogical practice existing among the Law Schools of India predominantly approaches IP from a commercial angle. It often ignores to take into account the social implications of IP as the main role of IP law is to maintain a correct balance between protection of IP and information dissemination. The western approach of looking at IP as a catalyst for development is being followed by our law schools without being interrogated.

The experience with the western approach signifies that it stifles innovation and research. The question, therefore, is should India imitate the western practices, both statutory and judicial, or whether we should evolve our own jurisprudence of IP reflecting national developmental perspectives.

Schedule: 12th Jan, 2012
Place: CUSAT, Cochin

Invited Talks:
There will be at least three invited talks on the various sub themes of the workshop. This is organized between 12.00 to 3.30 pm every day

  • Protecting Innovation: The Social Realities
  • Access to Medicine: The Social Problems
  • Open Source Drug Discovery - The Challenges

Technical Sessions:
The technical sessions are organized based on the following five sub themes:

  • Preserving Public Domain: Role of patentability standards
  • Promotion of Innovation: Limitations of exceptions to patent rights
  • Public Health: Limitations of Compulsory Licensing and Parallel importing
  • Traditional Knowledge: New Challenges to Patent Law
  • Rethinking patent right: Should it be Individual Private Property or Collective Property?

The technical sessions are held between 8.00 am to 12.00 pm & 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm

Each sub theme will be discussed for a minimum of four hours with the assistance of a team of resource persons of whom one or two will be responsible for its organization.

The sessions will start with two selected presentations of student participants followed by practical exercises and presentations from resource persons

The sessions are participatory in nature with full involvement of students and resource persons

Contact Details:
Inter University Centre for IPR Studies,
2nd Floor, School of Legal Building,
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Cochin University P.O. Cochin - 682022
Phone: 0484-2862491
Fax: 0484-2575463

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