Law College Dehradun organized a three-day National Workshop from 28th June, 2020 to 30th June, 2020 on the theme – “Intellectual Property Rights” with eminent personalities like Prof. (Dr.) Romesh Gautam, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Ms. Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan, Senior Resident Partner, Kochhar & Co.; Mr. Hersh Sewak, Litigator, Delhi High Court. The Workshop was conducted in three consecutive sessions. The First Session included the basic introduction of the topic. The Second Session dealt with the practical implications of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and the Third Session focused on the skills required to enter into the field of IPR practice as a law professional. The core concepts, challenges and various variegated aspects of the intellectual property including the rights and remedies available to the entitled were meticulously discussed.
Day-1 (28th June)
Prof (Dr.) Romesh Gautam, was the Keynote Speaker for the first session of the National Workshop – Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights. Dr. Gautam, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India for the past 35 years has completed his LLB, LLM and LLD (PhD in Law) and has also been awarded Honoris Causa by five prestigious universities. He is a Visiting Professor in many universities in India and overseas and has also been Advocate General for seven states. He is an Endorser for Climate Principles for Enterprises. He is the first Indian lawyer to have conducted international level Dispute Review Boards, Alternate Dispute Review cases for which he has been recorded in the Limca Book of Records.
The informative session began with the Welcome Address delivered by Vice Chancellor/Dean, Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University – Prof. (Dr.) Rajesh Bahuguna. The Keynote Speaker for the event, Dr. Gautam, launched the topic by first addressing the origin, development and significance of Intellectual Property Rights to mankind. Defining these rights as intangible creations of man, he stated that protection of these rights is for the purpose of promoting innovative development and to give exclusive benefits to the creator for his creative endeavours. He also stated that IP Laws today are mindfully modified to keep a balance between the interest of the creators and the interest of the general public that are using those endeavours.
The session moved further with Dr. Gautam distinctly explaining the concepts and protection avenues allocated to several kinds of Intellectual Properties, namely, Trademarks, Copyright, Patents, Industrial Designs, Geographical Indications and Trade Secrets. He briefly touched upon the issue of pending IP cases in the courts quoting the judgement from the landmark case Asian Resurfacing of Road Agency Pvt. Ltd. v. Central Bureau of Investigation, where the court ordered the stay proceedings to be disposed within a period of six months but not in exceptional cases. He also dealt with the limitations of various IPR and concluded the session by throwing light on several theories of Intellectual Property Rights specifically in the present day scenario.
Day-2 (29th June)
The Second Session of the workshop-Practical Implications of Intellectual Property Rights- was conducted on 29th June, 2020 with Ms. Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan, as The Keynote Speaker. Ms. Jagadeesan, Senior Resident Partner in Kochhar & Co. completed her B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) from National Law School of India University, Bangalore and LL.M. in Corporate Law from Annamalai University. Her practice areas include Corporate Law, Employment Law, Intellectual Property Law and TMT law. She heads the Firm’s IP Practice Group in South India and is presently located at the Tamil Nadu Branch Committee of the Indo American Chambers of Commerce (IACC) and is a Member of the Congress of Fellows, CILS, Salzburg. She has an extensive research background and was awarded the Monash Research Scholarship (Australia) to conduct research in the area of Cyber Crime and Policing.
The session started with the Welcome Address deliverd by Vice Chancellor/Dean, Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University – Prof. (Dr.) Rajesh Bahuguna. The Keynote Speaker, Ms. Jagadeesan graced the session by giving a brief introduction about the concept and kinds of Intellectual Property Rights and specific laws under which they are protected. Through a well- made digital presentation on the topic, she gave the attendees a clear insight of the complex processes that are indispensable to the legal protection of intellectual properties. She explained in great depth the widely known Intellectual Property Rights along with other essentials like their registration processes, the difficulties which one might encounter while going through the same and so on. Similar analysis was also provided for other intellectual properties viz. Patents, Copyright, Designs and Geographical Indication. She also discussed the role of biomedical and pharma companies regarding this situation. The recent “Open Covid Pledge” taken by numerous tech giants of the world pledging their IP to fight the pandemic was highlighted. She concluded her presentation by giving a small yet very smart advice that one should take caution in keeping of IPs as protecting them over a period of time is a costly affair and thus, it’s a wise decision to keep only that IPs which are viable in the long run. One should also be vigilant so as to prevent infringement of one’s IPRs.
The latter half of the event had the Keynote Speaker taking up doubts and queries of the participants. The audience showcased a wide diversity with not only students but also academicians and professionals from India and abroad actively putting forth their queries. Ms. Jagadeesan dealt with queries related to modification of registered trademarks, administration of IP around the world, restrictions on using religious or political names and many more. The enlightening session concluded with a Vote of Thanks delivered on behalf of the Organizing Committee of Training and Recruitment Division, Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University.
Day-3 (30th June)
The Third Session of the National Workshop- Skills and Mindset to enter IPR- was conducted on 30th June, 2020 with Mr. Hersh Sewak, as the Keynote Speaker. Mr. Sewak, Litigator at Delhi High Court & PDH Fellow at University of Copenhagen, Denmark has done his LL.M in Economic & Business Laws Program at Kyushu University, Japan with his thesis on Grant of Injunctions against Letter of Credit. He has done LLB from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences. He has been an Associate at S. Majumdar & Co. (a full service Intellectual Property Law Firm). His field of interest is in the practice and research part of International Commercial Arbitration. The Final Session commenced with the Welcome Address delivered by Vice Chancellor/Dean, Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University – Prof. (Dr.) Rajesh Bahuguna. The Keynote Speaker, Mr. Sewak initiated the session by a small introduction about the topic stating that commercial law in India has changed drastically over a period of time. He presented his educational background giving a practical insight on his journey as a successful commercial law professional. He briefly touched upon the routes of practice as an IP Expert explaining the work structure within the profession. He also advised on Trademarks and Patents as primary area of practice for a person having some form of technical background. He also focused on the importance of internships and the exposure that follows it. He objectively identified the key areas of improvement one must pay attention to as an intern to attain an edge over the others when battling in the outer world. He also stressed on interns maintaining some sort of relation to people assisting them during their internships as it not only aids in increasing their network but also benefiting them at a later stage of their career. He raised a very crucial point of being recognized for work by maintaining a self-striving attitude while interning at a law firm or any other place and at the same time, striving to learn more through practice and building a cordial relationship with those having a similar mindset and goals.
The session progressed with Mr. Sewak explaining the logic and success of Indian IP Laws. He asserted that possibility of reform in Indian Laws should not hide away the success of Indian IPR regime while stating that Indian Patent Laws and Trademark Laws are the leading examples of fine-tuning legislation to suit Indian needs. He then proceeded to discuss the skill set that is a pre-requisite to survive in this ever competitive field of IPR.
The latter half of the event had the Keynote Speaker taking up doubts and queries of the participants. The audience showcased a wide diversity with not only students but also academicians & eminent personalities from India and abroad actively discussing the nuances & intricacies of the topic. Mr. Sewak took up queries related to the relation between IPR and Arbitration/Mediation, qualifications of a Patent or a Trademark Agent, IP Protection of an upgraded product and many more. He concluded the session by suggesting the participants to have a broad and global view of understanding the shifts in the market across major and seeing oneself as a part of the global culture.
The Final Session of the National Workshop concluded with a Vote of Thanks delivered on behalf of the Organizing Committee of Training and Recruitment Division, Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University.