Gujarat National Law University
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GNLU-GUJCOST Research Centre of Excellence on IPR Laws, Policies and Practices
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The Gujarat Council for Science and Technology (GUJCOST) was established in September, 1986 to promote the role of science and technology in the socio-economic development of the state of Gujarat. The Council is an autonomous body registered under the Societies Registration Act, working under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat.
The Council envisions to inculcate scientific temper to attain the development of the masses and an overall improvement in the quality of the life of the people by education young minds, assisting teachers, through various research and development programmes.
Since innovation and development of science and technology are closely interlinked with the intellectual property rights, GUJCOST also aims to create awareness and promote, training and research in the field of IPR laws in India, the Council has established a Chair for IPR Excellence at Gujarat National Law University.
The Chair aims to conduct research, training and educational activities in the field of patent laws, geographical indications, biotechnology, identifying and the valuation of IP assets of MSMEs, pharmaceuticals, and traditional knowledge.
The Chair was established in January, 2015.


  • Capacity creation, and the maintenance of IPR laws, policies, practices, education, training, research and awareness through a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • Development of suitable academic programs in IPR laws, policies and practices, education, research and training,
  • Providing a framework for analyzing the impact of IPR laws in development initiatives in the country,
  • Dissemination of knowledge and information through outreach programmes.


Ms. Hetvi Trivedi

Research Associate, GNLU-GUJCOST IPR Chair

Future Plans & Activities

Past Programmes & Activities

  • Capsule Course on Trademark Registration- The Process and Practical Aspects, held on 29th September, 2017. The course instructions were provided by Ms. Deepali Paun, Senior Associate, Y.J. Trivedi & Co.
  • September 24, 2016, Bangalore - Knowledge Net Chapter meeting on ‘Privacy – Redefined in the Modern World, Myths on Privacy and Evolving Cybercrimes’ jointly organised by International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) & NLSIU Bangalore. Participated as a “panelist” in the Round Table Discussion on ‘Does India Really Need an Omnibus Law on Privacy?’
  • September 23, 2016, Bangalore - 2nd Annual INBA-IAPP India Summit on Privacy, Data Protection and Cyber Security. Participated as a "panelist" in the session on ‘Key Criteria for a successful Privacy Program Management.
  • August 20-21, 2016, Delhi - International Conference on Innovation for shared Property: IPRs, Competition and Standard setting in the ICT Sector organised by JIRICO, a research centre at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat. Participated as a moderator for the session on ‘Patents and New Technologies’.
  • July 27, 2016, Gandhinagar - Workshop on 'Intellectual Property Laws for the Traditional and Internet based Businesses' organised by GNLU in collaboration with the US Embassy. Participated as part of the organizing committee and in attendance.
  • July 25, 2016, Gandhinagar - Seminar on ‘Creative India: Innovative India’ in reference to National IPR Policy 2016’ jointly organised by GUJCOST & Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI). Spoke on two topics: ‘Evolution of IP Laws’ and ‘National IPR Policy and its objectives’.
  • May 28-29, 2016, Bangalore - Consilience 2016, A Joint Conference by Law & Technology Society, NLSIU & Spicy IP on ‘Unlocking IP to unleash the commons’. Attended the program.
  • GNLU, Gandhinagar - As part of awareness raising activities, lectures were given to LL.M Students (Patents); MBA Students (Basics of IPR); and LL.B. Students (Basics of IPR) at Gujarat National Law University.
  • Research Paper on "Access to Medicines in the Light of Patent Law Regime in India", Paper published in International Journal for Law and Legal Studies Jurisprudence: ISSN: 2348-8212 (Vol. 2, Issue 6). The paper was also presented at Conference on IPR in Pharmaceuticals: Balancing Innovation and Access”, on October 7, 2015 organized by Associated Chambers for Commerce for India (ASSOCHAM), in association with Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), Government of India.
  • Research Paper titled, "An Interface between the Right to Education and Copyright Law: Does Copyright Law Inhibit the Enjoyment of the Right to Education?”1. Paper has been published in August issue of “International Journal on Law and Legal Studies Jurisprudence” (ISSN: 2348-8212) (Vol. 2, Issue 5). 2. The paper was presented at the Fourth Annual National Conference on Contemporary Legal Scholarship, 2015 at Symbiosis Law School, Pune (held on September 19, 2015).
  • Policy Paper on the Efficacy of the Legislation on Utility Models in India: Does India Need Legislation on Utility Models? Published by Gujarat National Law University. The paper has also been selected for Second International Conference on Contemporary Debates in Public Policy and Management, January 15-17, 2016, at Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
  • Research Paper on “Protection of Indigenous Art and Traditional art forms under modern IPR Regimes: Possibilities, Lacunae and Alternatives” Paper accepted for publication in Lex Revolution ISSN 2394-997X for publication in Volume I, Issue 4 October-December, 2015 (to be published by end of December, 2015).
  • Research paper on development of publicity rights in India in light of the present IPR regime, titled, “Emerging Trends in Publicity Rights in India: An Analysis under Intellectual Property Regime in India”. Paper selected for publication in Journal for Entertainment and Media Law, published by Center for Media Laws, Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow, for its forthcoming issue.
  • Research Paper on Plain Packaging for Cigarette Packs in India and its related trademark issues. The paper was presented at National Conference on Science, Technology and IPR: The Way Forward, on January 31, 2015, at Nirma University.
  • Certificate Course on Entertainment Laws: organized from October 9-11, 2015. The Certificate Course was conducted from October 9-11, 2015. The participants included students from Gujarat National Law University. The following activities were extensively discussed: 1. Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012, and its effects on the film industry 2. Other provisions of the Copyright Act, related to the entertainment industry 3. Drafting contracts specifically designed for the industry: do’s and don’ts, points to keep in mind for the contract, special contracts unique to the industry 4. Role of ADR in Entertainment law: how does ADR operate in the entertainment industry? 5. Role of types of IPR in Entertainment Industry: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights.
  • Organized and coordinated the "10th Annual International Seminar on IPR Laws: Business Boosters", with GNLU as the Knowledge Partner, in association with H.K. Acharya and Company, a reputed law firm based in Ahemdabad, Gujarat, on 15th February, 2015. The Seminar was attended by students and members of the faculty from GNLU.
  • Attended the "Festival of Innovations" at New Delhi, from 7th to 13th March, 2015, organized by National Innovation Foundation (NIF), in association with SRISTI, the Honey Bee Network, and GIAN. This Festival aimed to promote and felicitate grassroot innovations.


  • Initiate, plan, implement, and follow-up research activities in the field of IPR laws, in collaboration with national and international stakeholders, such as law firms, corporate and governmental departments, PSUs, etc.
  • Conduct optional, credit, seminar teaching courses, for students, and practitioners of IPR laws, policies and practices,
  • Plan and conduct training and extension activities, such as workshops, seminars, roundtable conferences,
  • Provide input to legislature, executive, and judiciary, on latest trends and developments in IPR laws, policies and practices, on regular basis,
  • Provide guidance to students, including preparation for placement and internships in IPR laws, policies and practices,
  • Act as nodal person on IPR laws, policies and practices, knowledge and research base of GNLU.

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Last Updated : 01-11-2017.