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About GNLU Microsoft IPR Chair

For creation and development of superior quality Intellectual Capital through research in the area of IPR law and Policy, for increasing awareness for IPR and promotion of long term research in India. GNLU-Microsoft Chair on IPR Law and Policy Research has been established in the year 2013 with the following objectives:

  • Policy Research, education and awareness through multi-disciplinary Approach.
  • Providing a framework for analyzing the impact of IPR law and Policy on development and growth of Indian Economy.
  • Dissemination of Knowledge and information on IPR Laws and Policy through teaching and outreach Programmes

Microsoft India, the leading corporate entity in India having aim to be a key IT partner to the Indian Government and the local IT Industry and to enhance India's inclusive development and also to serve its customers and consumers is desirous to carry out efficient research in field of Intellectual Property Rights through Research Associate programme by which the budding lawyers can be well introduced with the various issues and challenges of Intellectual Property Rights, so that they can contribute for solving emerging challenges for the betterment of the country. This will also give the law aspirants new field to make their career and to be more equipped with the knowledge of Intellectual Property system and also open a new space for further research and development.

Chair activities are undertaken under the able guidance of Mr. Girma Wolde Micheal (Chair Professor), Dr. Nidhi Buch (Director GNLU-Centre for Intellectual Property Rights & Assistant Professor of Law), Ms. Vaishali Singh (Research Associate-GNLU-Microsoft IPR Chair), along with a group of 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year undergraduate law students and postgraduate students. The Chair team wishes effective enhancement of knowledge and awareness in this rapidly growing field of law organising various training and extension activities.

The Purpose of, GNLU-Microsoft India Chair- IPR law and Policy Research, is creation and development of superior quality Intellectual Capital through research in the area of IPR law and Policy for increasing awareness and respect for IPR and promotion of long term research and training collaboration between Microsoft India and GNLU.

  • Prof.(Dr.) S. Shanthakumar, Director, Gujarat National Law University
  • Dr. Ambati Nageswara Rao, Dean Research Division, Gujarat National Law University
  • Mr. Unnat Pandit, Manager, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog
  • Ms. Meenu Chandra, Senior Attorney Manager, IP & DCU Lead, Microsoft India
  • Ms. Srividhya Ragvan, Proferssor Law, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Mr. Narrottam Sahoo, Advisor, GUJCOST
  • Mr. T.C. James, Consultant, Research & Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) & President, NIPO
  • Mr. Jatin Trivedi, Intellectual Property Attorney & Advocate, Y.J. Trivedi & Co.
Publications/ Paper Presented
  • Paper presented titled "Fixing FRAND: Tracing the Alleyway for Standards-Based Patent Licensing" in an International conference on “Recent advances in Intellectual Property Law” on 28th April, 2018 at Parul University, Vadodara.
  • Demystify the Blockchain: Challenges to Conventional Thinking about Intellectual Property cited as (2018)PL(IPR).
  • Developments in Artificial Intelligence: Where are we on the timeline?” cited as (2018)PL(IPR)June 102.
  • Open Innovation and IPR: A Paradox” cited as (2018) PL (IPR) April 91.
  • Conjunction of Biotechnology and Patent Law: Challenges posed by biotechnology before the existing patent system” cited as (2018) PL (IPR) February 100.
  • “Adding Economic Value to Knowledge through Strategic Management of Intellectual Property” cited as (2018) PL (IPR) January 93.

Forth coming Research Activities

  • Position Paper on “Issues related to India’s major economic development internationally including tangential economic considerations"- Under this research, analysis of India’s economic development initiatives and associated IPR issues will be outlined including anticipated hurdles in both the domestic and international setting period and paper will also review associated economic issues that may be encountered. This research will require extensive interviews and consultation with Indian Government officials; multinational corporations doing business in India and academicians from diverse disciplines such as economics, international relations, etc.
Past Research activities
  • Collaborated with Eastern Book Company to write a monthly column in the Magazine Published Title "The Practical Lawyer".
  • Attended 5th Indo-European Conference on Creating a Robust IP Ecosystem for ICT in the 21st Century on 4th December, 2017.
  • Published a paper title: Human Rights Vis-A- Vis Patent Protection: A Case Study of Novartis Ag V. Union of India in Commonwealth Law Review Journal (CLRJ) Volume 3.1 ISSN Number 1461-7780.
  • Written a paper Title, "Walking Down an un-Frandly Road, India Searches for Answer" for 4th International Biennial Conference on Management of Intellectual Property Rights and Strategy MIPS 2018 January 31 – February 3, 2018, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB).
  • Published a Research Paper on "Protection of Traditional Knowledge: A burning question in Current Intellectual Property Rights regime" in International Journal of Education for Human Services, Vol. 4 No. 2 June, 2014, ISSN: 0976-1128
  • Presented Paper entitled 'Relationship between Human Rights and Intellectual Property Law: A Study in light of Traditional Knowledge' at the International Conference on Contemporary Issues and Challenges of Human Rights in the Era of Globalization organized by Gujarat Law Society, Ahmedabad.
  • Presented a paper title "From Digital Footprint to Digital Shadow- Is Right to Forgotten, Possible?" in Third International Conference on Law & Technology at UPES, Dehradun.

The GNLU Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (GCIPR)

Up-coming events

The forthcoming Events include,

  • Bilateral Talks on “Trade related IPR challenges and opportunities between the US and India”.
    The subject of Transfer of Technology will be explored in view of multilateral and bilateral Agreements between the US and India. The discussions will pivot around Indian economic development initiatives and associated imperatives. Primary topics would include, for example, Innovative India, Digital India and National IPR Policy, 2016.
  • Short seminars on various IP topics from July-September, 2018
    The objectives of the seminar will be to create awareness of major emerging technologies which poses significant challenges to IP Laws. Seminars on artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (“IOT”) big data, robotics; virtual reality; augmented reality and cognitive computing in healthcare.
  • Special Lecture on Grass-root level Start-ups and IP Management.

Past Events

  • Lecture on “SEP and technology transfer in view of India’s digital technology Initiative” on 17th April, 2018.
  • Panel Discussion on 'Protecting Softwares through Patents: Current Challenges, Future Solutions', held on 07th October, 2017. The discussion was led by panelists Shri D.P. Viadya, Director & Head, Lakshmi Kumaran & Sridharan and Prof. Dr. V.C. Vivekanandan, Dean, Bennett University. The session was moderated by Dr. Sobhalata Udapudi, Professor, Gujarat National Law University.
  • Discussion Forum: IP today - it matter's: 'Software Patenting in India-In the wake of a revision to the CRI guidelines, 2017'. The discussion was led by Research Associates Ms. Vaishali Singh (GNLU-Microsoft Chair on IPR Laws and Policy Research) and Ms. Hetvi Trivedi (GNLU-GUJCOST Research Centre of Excellence on IPR Laws, Policies and Practices).
  • IP Weekly: A Weekly newsletter is a compilation of international and national news on Intellectual Property laws along with analysis of recent case laws, sent to different stakeholders.
  • Organized a one day brain storming session on 4th April 2014 on 'Changing Facets of Intellectual Property protection in Software Industries' on two sub themes: (1) Software Patents Protection: Need of the Hour and (2) Intellectual Property Enforcement with Special Reference to Software Piracy in presence of two experts Mr. Nitin Bawsay Executive Vice President, Priya Softweb Solutions Pvt. Ltd, Ahmedabad Mr. Ashish Jha Advocate, Gujarat High Court and the students had participated with great enthusiasm and presented their research work and also opinions from the experts were collected.

Mr. Girma Wolde-Michael along with Ms. Vaishali Singh has done a policy research titled “Status of Standard Essential Patents and FRAND Regime in particular India, EU, USA, China and Japan”. This position paper on standard essential patents (SEPs) focuses on related licensing legal disputes and associated prominent court decisions. The paper explores various judicial approaches taken by Indian and selected courts worldwide with a view to identify trends and propose a balanced position based on substantive decisions that set a legal standard.

Mr Hardik Parikh, along with Ms. Nidhi Buch, Assistant Professor of Law and the team of students has contributed research inputs to the Controller of Designs in Stakeholder's Meeting for discussing the Design Law Treaty and provisions in Indian Designs Act with respect to Intellectual Property Rights in India, organised at National Institute of Design auditorium jointly with office of Controller General Patents, Designs & Trademarks, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India on 4th February 2014.

Legal Research Repository

Cases Give New Life To Software Patents
1. Microsoft Corporation v. Motorola, Inc.; Motorola Mobility, Inc.; Eneral Opinion Instrument Corporation, NO. 12-35352, D.C. NO.2:10-CV-01823-JLR Patents http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2012/10/04/12-35352.pdf  
2. Alice Corporation Pvt. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International Et Al. 573 US, 134 S. CT. 2347 (2014) Patents https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/13-298_7lh8.pdf  
3. Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corporation, Fiserv, Inc., Intuit, Inc., Sage Software, Inc., Jack Henry & Associates, Inc., 2:12-cv-07360-MRPMRW   Patents http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions-orders/15-1244.Opinion.5-10-2016.1.PDF
4. MCRO, Inc., DBA Planet Blue v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., CV-13-1870 Patents http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/s15-1080.Opinion.9-9-2016.2.pdf
5. Amdocs (Israel) Limited V. Openet Telecom, Inc., Openet Telecom Ltd., No. 1:10-cv-00910-LMB TRJ Patents http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions-orders/15-1180.Opinion.10-28-2016.1.PDF
6. Speed Track V. Amazon (US5544360) Patents http://patentdocs.typepad.com/files/order-denying-motion-to-dismiss.pdf  
7. Trading Technologies V. CQG US6766304 Patents http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions-orders/16-1616.Opinion.1-13-2017.1.PDF
8. Audio MPEG VS DELL  2:16-CV-00()82-HCM-RJK Patents https://ipspotlight.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/audio-mpeg-inc-v-hp-inc.pdf  

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