O.P. Jindal Global University to Host Global Policy Summit on Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights

New Delhi, August 19: O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) and Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) is organizing India’s largest conference on innovation, competition and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues pertaining to the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector. This global meet will bring together 50 distinguished speakers from around the world, representing 10 government agencies, 16 universities, 15 top corporations, industry associations and law firms. 

To be held on August 20th and August 21st in New Delhi, the conference aims to promote a high-level discussion on “INNOVATION FOR SHARED PROSPERITY”. Delegates will discuss and evaluate critical issues involving innovation, entrepreneurship and social development and introspect on the best practices in an international backdrop.

Emerging Asian economies such as Taiwan, South Korea, and, most recently, China have increasingly embraced a stronger IPR regime. China, in particular, has witnessed a strong policy push towards investment in its IP systems, along with a new national IP policy. This has resulted in rapid increase in patent filings and investments related to technology standards. The Indian government is taking a step in the right direction by trying to incentivize innovation to ensure ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’ and ‘Start Up India’ and ‘Invest in India’ initiatives become successful.

The conference is taking place in the backdrop of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi government’s efforts to formulate policies that can foster an innovation led growth. Many countries have formulated policies and re-oriented their economy to foster innovation as it is seen as a major source of economic growth. Intellectual property, patents in particular, are seen as necessary to foster technological innovation in the globalized world.

Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, the Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University and Dean of Jindal Global Law School said, “this conference is a golden opportunity for all the stakeholders i.e. government, industry, policy-makers, legal practitioners and economists, amongst others, who are interested in the growth and development of India to deliberate on the key issues that can transform the nation into an ‘Innovative India’. As a global university that is deeply committed to research, knowledge creation and capacity building, we are delighted to enable policy discussions that can reflect upon such issues in an intellectually rigorous manner.”

In order to facilitate such a discussion, JGU through its initiative, i.e. Jindal Initiative on Research in IP and Competition (JIRICO) in organizing this conference seeks to reflect upon six thematic sessions relating to IP Policy and Innovation, standard developing agencies and their role in standardizing new technologies, role of regulatory agencies in maintaining equilibrium between innovation and consumer welfare, issues related to commercialization/licensing  of technologies, key regulatory and legal developments in developed and developing economies  and lastly challenges posed by emerging technologies. 

The conference will feature some of the most important voices on the subject. Mr. Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Government of India will deliver the presidential address at the conference on 20th August. DIPP is India’s nodal agency for implementation of the National IPR policy and for all IP-related matters. Hon. F. Scott Kieff, Commissioner of United States International Trade Commission, will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural session. Commissioner Kieff was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2013, and he is on leave from George Washington University Law School where he is a Professor. A Special address will be delivered by Mr. Rajiv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary of DIPP, and in-charge of implementation of the National IPR Policy. On 21 August, a keynote address will be delivered by the distinguished Professor Josef Drexl, Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Germany. Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, and Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, will give the valedictory address.

The international conference is being preceded by a pre-conference panel discussion today that will bring together leading scholars and industry experts to discuss issues of IPR’s, Technology and Policy.  Dr. M V Rajeev Gowda, Member of Parliament, and adjunct faculty at IIM Bangalore will chair the discussion and distinguished panelists at the pre-conference discussion include Ms. Chandrima Sinha, Vice President, Invest India – National Investment Promotion AgencyMs. Meenu Chandra, Senior Attorney – IP Unit and Digital Crime Unit Lead – Microsoft IndiaMr. Amar Sundram, National Director – Legal and General Counsel – Ernst & Young India among others. These eminent panelists will facilitate discussions and prepare the ground for interactions between academicians, practitioners, lawmakers, and professionals of international repute participating from around the world in the international conference over the next three days.

The conference is organized by the the Jindal Initiative on Research in IP & Competition (JIRICO) of O.P. Jindal Global University. Apart from the cutting-edge in-house research, JIRICO activities will include international conferences, workshops for academics and practitioners, and international moot court competitions for law students. Dr. Vishwas H. Deviah, Associate Professor, JGLS & Co-Convenor, JIRICO observed that, “India needs to embrace an IP culture that can incentivize start-ups to pursue innovation and research-driven business that can compete with the best at the global level.”

JIRICO will provide a unique platform to facilitate dialogue amongst industry partners, policy makers, regulators, practitioners and academicians. Dr. Indranath Gupta, Associate Professor, JGLS & Co-Convenor, JIRICO said, “the serious initiatives taken up by the government in the field of IP mark a beginning for generation of Indian innovators. The National IP Policy has set the right tone and we hope to increase confidence amongst investors promoting innovation.”

JIRICO will focus on global developments, with a special emphasis on the Indian policy environment, which can inform stakeholders about the issues in this niche area. Dr. Ashish Bharadwaj, Associate Professor, JGLS & Co-Convenor, JIRICO said, “with the DIPP discussion paper, the government has given an opportunity to the academic community to think about important legal, economic and policy questions pertaining to the ICT Sector. It has the potential to improve India’s position in the world of innovation, and this is going to be an important topic of discussion in the conference.”

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