RightsCon Toronto 2018

by Admin — last modified Jun 07, 2018 02:31 PM
RightsCon is organizing the 2018 edition of the event at Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place, Toronto in Canada. A session on Pervasive Technologies project titled "Cheap and chipper: IP in India’s affordable smartphones" is scheduled on May 17, 5.15 p.m. to 6.15 p.m. in the International Trade and the Commons track. (Room #203B, Beanfield Centre).

We present the findings of the Centre for Internet and Society’s "Pervasive Technologies" research project that concluded last year. The project was an endeavour to study how Internet-enabled mobile phones sold for USD 100 or less interact with India's intellectual property laws. These low-cost technologies that lie in a grey zone of IP laws have been instrumental in bringing access to the Internet and, in turn, access to knowledge and information to people. The project undertook a study of the mobile device landscape in India while developing legal strategies to ensure that consumers continue to have access to inexpensive devices; that manufacturers, software developers and content creators operating in the budget device segment are not snuffed out by litigation; and that the rights of IP holders are not infringed upon.

Each researcher will elucidate on her findings in the areas of patents and copyright pertaining to the hardware, software and media content and the interaction of these findings with public policy.

Maggie Huang, Amba Kak, Rohini Lakshané, Vidushi Marda and Anubha Sinha are among the speakers at the event. For more info click here

  • Amber Sinha remotely participated in a private meeting on 'Strategizing Civil Society Roles in the Artificial Intelligence Debate'.
  • Anubha Sinha, Maggie Huang, Rohini Lakshané and Vidushi Marda presented their findings from the Pervasive Technologies project in a panel titled "Cheap and Chipper: IP in India's Affordable Smartphones". Prof Michael Geist moderated the session. Anubha Sinha and Vidushi Marda participated remotely.
  • Elonnai Hickok participated in these sessions: IDRC cyber policy meeting; GNI board meeting; GNI learning session on MLATs; FOC-AN meeting; GNI session on Intermediary Liability.