[Ip-health] Program of 1st CII-DIPP-IPO International Conference on Intellectual Property Law & Enforcement of IPR

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Fri Nov 14 03:49:16 PST 2014

The program of the CII-DIPP-IPO Conference can be found here:


CII-DIPP-IPO Conference on IP Law & Enforcement ignores Public Interest
Posted on November 14, 2014
by donttradeourlivesaway

Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce,
India along with Confederation of Indian Industries and Intellectual
Property India (IPO) is holding an international conference on “IP Law and
Enforcement”  in Noida, 20-21 Nov 2014. Access the agenda of the conference
here <http://ciiknowledgexpo.in/document/4.pdf>.

This conference raises concerns on IP and public interest as well as a
Government of India’s established stand of balanced approach to
intellectual protection and enforcement. Government of India in all
international and domestic forum has always taken a firm stand to balance
the IP protection and enforcement, a private interest with the public
interest i.e. access to medicines, access to knowledge, access to
technology etc. The conference is a clear departure from this stand and the
agenda is completely IP Maximalist. The agenda seem to accommodate only
corporations and law firms and have excluded academia and civil society

It will actually serve as a platform for US government and the US based
corporations to lobby with the Indian policy makers and IP office. For
instance, Pratibha Singh, a Member of the IP think Tank is chairing a
session in the conference. The IP think tank recently formed by Ministry of
Commerce & Industry and has been entrusted with the task of framing India’s
national IP policy and even to look at the anomalies in the existing IP law.

We have heard that CII is a cosponsor of the Intellectual Property Owner’s
Association’s (IPOA) controversial visit to India and the CII-DIPP-
Conference is linked to the IPOA Delegation visit to India. This IP lobby
delegation is visiting Intellectual Property Offices (IPO) in Chennai and
Delhi, Intellectual Property Appellate Tribunal (IPAB) and High Court of
Delhi which raises serious concerns of ethics and conflict of interest. The
agenda of their visit can be accessed here

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