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National Conference on Intellectual Property Rights and Public Interest

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 12, 2017 02:01 PM
Indian Law Institute organized a conference on intellectual property rights on April 7 and 8 in New Delhi. Maggie Huang took part in the conference.

The  Intellectual  Property  Rights  regime  was  developed  to  protect  the interest   of   producers   of   knowledge.   It   was   aimed   at   rewarding creativity  and  inventiveness.  It  was  also  claimed  by  many  that  the nature  of  intellectual  property  was  that  of  a  ‘social  contract’,  one  in which the state agrees to secure and protect the rights of individuals in consideration  that  the  individual  will  reveal  his/her  creations.  The regime  of  IPR  provides  access  to  important  creations  or  source  of knowledge   to   the   public   along   with   incentivising   the   creator   by providing   monopoly   or   more   aptly   ‘limited   monopoly’   rights   to commercially  exploit  their  creations.  The  ‘limited  monopoly’  right  is for  a  temporary  period  and  after  the  expiration  of  the  temporary period,  it  falls  into  the  public  domain.  The  interesting  part  of  the  IPR regime  is  that  the  creator  in  exchange  of  the  exclusive  rights  shares the knowledge or know how behind the creation of the work which the public could freely use to develop further innovations after the ‘limited monopoly’  term  is  over.  The  ‘limited’  prefixed  to  the  monopoly  word triggers    the    controversy,    with    many    claiming    public    interest predominance  over  private  rights  and  vice-versa.  The  Novartis  v. Union  of  India  case  and  the  more  recent  The  Chancellor,  Masters  and Scholars  of  Oxford  University  v.  Rameswari  Photocopy  Services  case has  brought  this  controversy  to  the  fore  in  India.  The  new  national  IP Policy in India in 2016 also touched upon the area by declaring that the main  aim  of  the  policy  is  to  push  IPRs  as  a  marketable  financial  asset, promote   innovation   and   entrepreneurship   while   protecting   public interest.  In  this  light,  this  conference  seeks  to  address  the  question whether  IPR  is  based  on  public  interest  leading  to  public  rights predominance  over  private  rights  or  knowledge  as  a  form  of  private property  to  be  protected  under  IPR  regime  ergo  public  rights  are nothing  but  exceptions.  The  conference  aims  to  realize  the  IPR  model apposite for countries like India.

For conference topics, see here

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