Inside JGU 2019 - Issue 8 (August)

JIRICO hosts 5th international conference on Innovation for Shared Prosperity

Jindal Initiative on Research in Intellectual Property and Competition(JIRICO), JGU and Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, George Mason University hosted the 5th international conference on Innovation for Shared Prosperity: Past Tense, Present Perplexed, Future Perfect on 28 August 2019 at Ambassador Hotel, New Delhi.

The welcome addresses were given by, Dr. Bibek Debroy, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Government of India; Mr. Rajiv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT),  Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India; Dr. K. S. Kardam, Senior Joint Controller, Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks, DPIIT, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India; Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, JGU.

The introductory remarks were given by, Professor (Dr.) Indranath Gupta, Professor, Jindal Global Law School & Co-Director, JIRICO; Professor (Dr.) Ashish Bharadwaj, Dean, Jindal School of Banking & Finance, and Co-Director, JIRICO.

Three sessions were conducted on different themes on Innovation for Shared Prosperity:

Session 1: Evolution of IP and Social Dynamics, moderated by Professor (Dr.) Vishwas H. Devaiah, Jindal Global Law School & Co-Director, JIRICO.

The panellists were: Professor (Dr.) Prabuddha Ganguli, Visiting Professor, Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur; Professor (Dr.) Bibi Zorina Khan, Professor of Economics, Bowdoin College, and Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research; Professor (Dr.) V.K. Unni, Professor, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta; Professor Prashant Reddy, Senior Resident Fellow, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.

Session 2: Reflections on Issues in Licensing of SEPs, moderated by Mr. Kevin Madigan, Deputy Director, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP), George Mason University;

The panellists were: Dr. Claudia Tapia Garcia, Director IPR Policy, Ericsson; Professor Yogesh Pai, Assistant Professor, National Law University Delhi; Professor Avirup Bose, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School, Research Fellow, JIRICO; Professor (Dr.) Bowman Heiden, Deputy Director, Center for Intellectual Property, University of Gothenburg; Dr. Tania Friederichs, Head of Research and Innovation Section, EU Delegation to India.

Session 3: Policy Measures for New Technologies, moderated by Professor (Dr.) Indranath Gupta.

The panellists were: Professor (Dr.) Enrico Bonadio, Senior Lecturer, The City Law School, City University of London; Mr. Eric Stasik, Founder & Director, Avvika AB; Professor Manveen Singh, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School, Research Fellow, JIRICO; Dr. Igor Nikolic, Senior Fellow, Faculty of Laws, University College London and External Consultant for Competition Law at the World Bank; Mr. Dinesh Chand Sharma, Director – Standardization, Policy and Regulation (SESEI – Seconded European Standardization Expert in India).

Concept Note:

Intellectual Property laws have come a long way since their inception as a property law concept. They have taken interesting shapes into codes across jurisdictions but constant technological advancements have always surprised the right holders, right borrowers and well as the legislators. This conference will serve as a platform to discuss this trajectory and the advancements that the future beholds for the information and technology industry.

This conference will look at evolution of intellectual property (IP) in different jurisdictions. Metamorphosis of IP laws in United States, United Kingdom and Western Europe is quite different compared to how IP regime itself was viewed in countries like India, South Korea and China. Scepticism towards free markets and colonial legislations, socialist ideals and command and control system th meant that IP regimes in countries like India barely evolved until the last decade of the 20 century. The discussion will be aimed at understanding whether general concepts of property had any bearing on IP ecosystem; tracing the transition from granting of privileges to evolving a space that seeks to protect intangible property rights.

The discussion will also focus on developments in the last decade in the areas of IP and antitrust due to innovation systems that have contributed to economic growth. Legal reforms across jurisdictions have changed due to some revolutionary technological advancements such as android, GPS, massive online marketplaces, self-driven automobiles, machine-learning projects, developments in biomechanics, drones, humanoids, augmented reality, social media, genetic engineering, to name a few. Many moves across the globe in the second decade of the 21 century have worked at making the IP centric laws and directives more comprehensible. Different countries have taken different approaches given in line with their inner objectives and larger socio-economic priorities. Even though there has been a better standard of commercialisation and growth of technological industries based on telecommunication, we have seen disputes around licensing, specially surrounding essential patents alongside. In this context, antitrust issues have also been raised in different jurisdictions around the world.

The transitions taking place in the IP regimes and innovation ecosystems at present promise a very exciting future for innovation-intensive industries and governments. New licensing models to deal with potential standard essential patents (SEP) disputes have also come up. With proliferation of product and services based on Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, the focus is being increasingly shifted to bringing in more transparency and clarity. With the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) ready to change the dynamics of technology around the world, concerns around managing data, securing patents and competing in a global market have come in the forefront. This conference will, thus, be also aimed at appreciating the innovations made in technology by these regime-specific changes in all their political backdrop and admiring their collective impact at achieving prosperity for all. The discussion will essentially be aimed at advancing this futuristic policy dialogue in line with the global agenda on the same.