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About Chair

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.

Amongst many other goals, the Chair aims to conduct research, training and educational activities in the fields of Patent law, Geographical Indications, Traditional Knowledge, Biotechnology and identification and valuation of IP assets of MSMEs and pharmaceuticals.

The Chair was established in January, 2015.

Vision Statement

The Indian intellectual property regime, particularly law of patents, is a legacy of the British, and over the years the legislature has altered the existing legal framework to suit the needs of the society. In the last few years, intellectual property protection has grown in importance and popularity in the country, with businesses recognizing the value of protecting their intellectual property assets.

Intellectual Property Rights and their related laws are still a developing field in the country, but its reach and importance simply cannot be ignored. Intellectual property now touches several types of industries and businesses, ranging from pharmaceutical industry to Bollywood, and not to forget, even small-time innovators.

Due the importance of intellectual property protection to small and large businesses, it has been imperative to create awareness of the different rights provided under the umbrella term of IPR, and also to carry out research in the contemporary areas in the field, so that there is more clarity and consistency in the scope and nature of rights under IPR laws.

The collaborative GNLU-GUJCOST Research Centre is established with the vision of creation and maintenance of superior quality of Intellectual Capital through education, research, extension and training for the IPR Stake holders of India.


The Chair aims to reach out to the multiple facets of society by showcasing the impact and value of Intellectual Property Rights, in the following manner:

  • 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;
  • Conduct optional, credit, seminar teaching courses, for students, and practitioners of IPR laws, policies and practices;
  • Dissemination of knowledge and information through outreach programmes;
  • 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.;
  • Provide guidance to students, including preparation for placement and internships in IPR laws, policies and practices;
  • Provide input to legislature, executive, and judiciary, on latest trends and developments- in both the domestic and international arena, in IPR laws, policies and practices;
  • Provide a framework for analyzing the impact of IPR laws in development initiatives in the country;
  • Act as nodal authority on IPR laws, policies and practices, knowledge and research base of GNLU.


Ms. Hetvi Trivedi

Research Associate


  • Article published in Practical Lawyer, “The Law of Geographical Indications- It is Time to Protect the Protector”, (2019) PL (IPR) September 89
  • Article published in Practical Lawyer, “Human Rights and Rights in Intellectual Property — Fixing the Framework for a Better Tomorrow”, (2020) PL (IPR) April 88
  • Publication of article titled “Broadening Horizon of Rights in a Technological World”, Practical Lawyer, (2018) PL (IPR) July.
  • Publication of article titled “Protecting Traditional Knowledge: The India story till date”, Practical Lawyer, (2018) PL (IPR) May.
  • Recommendations on Form 27 under Patent Act, 1970 titled “Form 27-India’s opportunity for tracking Patents related to drugs” submitted to Controller General of Patent, Design and Trade Mark (CGPDTM), March 2018.
  • Publication of article titled “Hashtag Trademarks: An unpleasant reality of IP protection”, Practical Lawyer, (2018) PL (IPR) March.
  • Empirical Research on 'Adding Life to Centuries' Dying Art: A Comparative Market Analysis between Tangaliya Shawls & Kutch work Shawls'
  • Upcoming participation and paper presentation at MIPS Conference, 2018 at IIT-Bombay, by Ms. Hetvi Trivedi & Vaishali Singh. The paper is titled 'Walking Down an un-FRANDLY Road, India Searches for Answers';
  • Participation and paper presentation at 3rd UPES (CoLS) Conference on Law and Technology held at UPES, Dehradun on 01st-02nd September, 2017, by Ms. Hetvi Trivedi & Ms. Vaishali Singh. The paper is titled, 'From Digital Footprint to Digital Shadow- Is a Right to be Forgotten, possible?';
  • Publication of paper titled 'Human Rights vis-a-vis Patent Protection: A case study of Novartis AG v. Union of India' in Commonwealth Law Review Journal (Vol 3.1), September, 2017, co-authored by Ms. Hetvi Trivedi and Ms. Vaishali Singh;
  • Participation in talk on the topic "Intellectual Property in ICT & Possibility of Leapfrogging in Digital Economy" was organized by IPPO and NASSCOM held at GLS University on 23rd February, 2017. Prof. Vipin Agarwal was a keynote speaker for the talk;
  • Participation in Orientation Workshop on 'Geographical Indications' held by Patent Facilitation Centre of GUJCOST on 29th November, 2016. Mr. Shrut Bhrambhatt took a session on 'Benefits of Geographical Indications with special reference to registered GIs of Gujaratt';
  • Participation and paper presentation in 4th International Conference on Intellectual Property Rights, jointly organized by ASSOCHAM, WIPO and IP India, on 21st October, 2016. Prof. Vipin Agarwal presented a paper titled 'Inconsistency in the existing IPR regime';
  • Attendance in India – U.S.A. Workshop on Protection of Trade Secrets, jointly held by FICCI, DIPP and USTR for the visiting US Trade Representatives, held on 18th October, 2016;
  • Participation in panel discussion, Knowledge Net Chapter meeting on 'Privacy – Redefined in the Modern World, Myths on Privacy and Evolving Cybercrimes', jointly organized by International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) & NLSIU, Bangalore, held on 24th September, 2016. Prof. Vipin Agarwal participated as a panelist in the Round Table Discussion on 'Does India Really Need an Omnibus Law on Privacy?'.


GNLU Centre for IPR with a link to the Centre page.

Training & Extension Programmes

Upcoming events
  • Intensive Certificate Course on Patent Law Practices in India and USA (30-31 March & 13-14 April, 2019)
Past events
  • Organized Intensive Certificate Course on Comparative Patent Law Practices in the United States and India, 01-04 August 2019
  • Organized a lecture on Introduction to IPR for Bhavnagar Medical Association, October 2019
  • Organized lecture series on Introduction to the Law of Trademark and Copyright Law for Bhavnagar Medical Association, November 2019
  • Organized lecture on Introduction to IPR for school students, December 2019
  • GNLU- The George Washington University Law School jointly host Symposium on "Changing Contours of Intellectual Property Law in the United States, India and China" (05 October, 2018)
  • GNLU-The George Washington University Law School jointly host a Certificate Course on "Patent Law Practices in the United States, India and China" (03-04 October, 2018)
  • Guest lecture “Intellectual Property- Practice Aspects with focus on Biotechnology”, 16 March 2018.
  • One day International Conference 'Innovation and IPR: From Creation to Commercialization' to be held on 05th February, 2018.
  • One day workshop on 'Emerging Trends in IPR' to be held on 23rd January, 2018 in collaboration with IPPO;
  • Half day Capsule Course on 'Trademark Registration- The Process and Practical Aspects', held on 29th September, 2017.
  • Panel Discussion on 'Emerging trends in IP with particular reference to Law of Patents in India and USA', held on 09th March, 2017;
  • One day Awareness Seminar, 'IP AWAKE: Awareness Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights for MSMEs', held on 25th February, 2017;
  • One day Seminar on 'Interaction of Intellectual property on Pharma & Chemical Sectors', held on 04th February, 2017;
  • Capsule Course on 'Patent Drafting' held on 09th January, 2017;
  • National level Essay Competition on 'Trade Secrets Legislation', 2016-2017.


International Legislations Links
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, 1883 http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/text.jsp?file_id=288514
The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, 1886 http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/text.jsp?file
The WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT), 1996   http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2003/october/tradoc_111709.pdf
The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), 1970 http://www.wipo.int/export/sites/www/pct/en/texts/pdf/pct.pdf
The Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks and the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement, 1989 http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/wipo_treaties/text.jsp?file_id=283484
Rome Convention, 1961 http://www.inapi.cl/portal/normativa/603/articles-1523_recurso_1.pdf
The WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT), 1996 http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/text.jsp?file_id=295578
The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (“TRIPS”), 1995 https://www.wto.org/english/docs_e/legal_e/27-trips.pdf


No. Case title (India) Area Read Full Decision
1. SAMIR KUMAR ROY & ANR. VS. DEV SAHITYA KUTIR PRIVATE LIMITED & ORS. Copyright http://bit.ly/2sv63Ax  
2. MICROSOFT CORPORATION & ORS VS. MR. MANISH PODDAR & ANR. Copyright http://lobis.nic.in/ddir/dhc/IKK/judgement/22-05-2017/IKK18052017S11002009.pdf
3. NARENDRA HIRAWAT & CO. VS. M/S.ALUMBRA ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA PVT. LTD. & ORS. Copyright http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/3710771/NH-vs-Alumbra-Order.pdf
5. M/S SANDISK CORPORATION VS. RAMJEE & ORS. Trademarks & Copyright http://lobis.nic.in/ddir/dhc/IKK/judgement/11-05-2017/IKK04052017S32052014.pdf
6. M/S HARI CHANDN SHRI GOPAL & ANR VS. BAL GOPAL FRAGRANCES Trademarks http://lobis.nic.in/ddir/dhc/IKK/judgement/01-06-2017/IKK30052017S8002010.pdf
7. RAJAT AGARWAL & ORS. VS. SPARTAN ONLINE PVT. LTD. & ORS. Trademarks http://bit.ly/2sNVxrf
8. SUNIL MITTAL & ANR VS.  DARZI ON CALL Trademarks http://lobis.nic.in/ddir/dhc/RSE/judgement/19-04-2017/RSE19042017SC13812016.pdf
9. M/S.EDISON PAINTS VS. M/S.AGSAR MATCH INDUSTRIES Trademarks http://bit.ly/2sRwlQ8
10. ANURADHA DOVAL VS. THE CONTROLLER OF PATENTS AND DESIGNS & ORS. Patents & Designs http://bit.ly/2rywow5
11. CELLO HOUSE PRODUCTS & ORS.Vs. MODWARE INDIA & ORS.  Design http://bit.ly/2tI5OkP  
12. HT MEDIA LTD VS. NAVNEET CHATURVEDI CS(OS) 1883/2014 & CCP (O) NO.7/2015   Domain Name http://lobis.nic.in/ddir/dhc/YKH/judgement/29-05 2017/YKH26052017S18832014.pdf
13. DEEPAK VERMA V. CLOUDTAIL INDIA PVT. LTD.AMD OTHERS  Domain Name http://www.cci.gov.in/sites/default/files/342016.pdf  
No. Case title (International) Area Read Full Decision
1. TC HEARTLAND LLC VS. KRAFT FOODS GROUP BRANDS LLC PATENTS NO 16-341 Patents https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/581/16-341/
2. IMPRESSION PRODUCTS INC. VS.  LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL INC . Patents https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/15-1189_ebfj.pdf
4. PHILIP MORRIS LTD VERSUS MANE FILS AND OTHERS C-547/14 (DECIDED MAY 4, 2017)    Copyright http://curia.europa.eu/juris/liste.jsf?num=C-547/14  
5. GOOGLE VS. ORACLE (FED. CIR. 2017) Copyright http://copyrightalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2017-02-17-Amicus-Curiae-Brief-of-Copyright-Alliance.pdf  

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Ms. Hetvi Trivedi

Senior Research Assistant,
GUJCOST-GNLU Centre of Excellence in IPR

Email: htrivedi@gnlu.ac.in