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About Seemantani Sharma (My views are my own and they should be yours too)

International IP lawyer with interdisciplinary research interests in international copyright law, the global politics of intellectual property, copyright law, international law and international relations.

Panel Discussion On India’s National IPR Strategy

The U.S. Chambers of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center has organized a panel discussion on India’s National IPR Strategy in collaboration with the Hudson Institute.  In the wake of PM Modi’s recent visit to the U.S., the discussion will delve … Continue reading

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KM Gopakumar’s Article : Some Thoughts

The recently unleashed National IPR Policy has garnered much traction from all quarters in the form of op-eds, articles and blog posts. A piece which has caught my attention is KM Gopakumar’s (Third World Network) article in day before yesterday’s Deccan … Continue reading

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A Third IP Index : International Property Rights Index

In past, I’ve blogged about IP Indices. (See here, here and here). However, most conversations about IP Indices revolve around the GIPC’s International IP Index and USTR’s Special 301. Often, an index which misses attention is the International Property Rights Index (IPRI). … Continue reading

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India and the WIPO Broadcasters Treaty : Past Position & Future

Going by India’s opening statement  on behalf of the Asia – Pacific Group, it seemed supportive of a balanced WBT. However, I’m not in a position to comment on the ensuing negotiations during the informal sessions. The webcast of the 32nd … Continue reading

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Public Interest Organizations and the 2016 Special 301 : An Indian Perspective

INTRODUCTION : As promised, in this post I’ll highlight the treatment meted out to the comments and testimonies of the public interest organizations in the Report (only general and India specific comments). The public interest organizations which submitted written comments to … Continue reading

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Tale of True IP Indices or Cosy Camaraderie : The Special 301 and the International IP Index Nexus

GIPC’s Perspective on the Difference Between the Special 301 and the International IP Index  The Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) in its submission to the USTR for the 2015 Special 301 differentiated between the Special 301 and the International IP … Continue reading

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India’s National IPR Policy Released

“Only those who own monopoly love monopoly, balancing is required on public health.” remarked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while unveiling the long awaited National IPR Policy. The press release can be read here  and the Policy is available here. I’m yet … Continue reading

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Of Lobbying, Lobbyists and the 2016 Special 301 Report

INTRODUCTION In this post, I’ll highlight the extent of lobbying prevalent at the 2016 Special 301 Report. The Special 301 is largely influenced by five industrial lobby groups, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), the … Continue reading

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India and the WIPO Broadcasters Treaty : Past Position & Future

Originally posted on Innovation, IP, Technology & Law:
Background : In a previous post, I had made a cursory remark on the WIPO Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations (WBT). Since the commencement of the negotiations for the WBT, the…

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India and the 2016 Special 301 : Summary of Issues Highlighted

In this post, as promised, I’ve summarized the pertinent issues highlighted in the 2016 Special 301 on India’s IP landscape. Running from pages 38 till 45, subject areas are in the order of – (i) National IPR Policy (ii) Copyright and Piracy (iii) … Continue reading

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