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Professor Shamnad Basheer

Shamnad Basheer is the Ministry of HRD Professor in IP Law at the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) in India. Till recently, he had been the Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the George Washington University law school. He is also the founder of SpicyIP, a leading blog dedicated to analyzing IP and innovation policy news and cases from India. He graduated from India’s premier law school, the National law school of India University, Bangalore. He then worked with a leading IP law firm in India, Anand and Anand, doing both contentious and non contentious IP matters. He went on to complete the BCL (as a Shell Centenary scholar) with distinction at the University of Oxford, where he is currently reading for the DPhil (PhD) as a Wellcome Trust scholar. His specific interests are patents and innovation policy for developing countries, regulation/protection of traditional medicines and international trade issues. He has published papers in leading technology journals on the above themes; recently, his paper on the Novartis-Glivec patent case in India won the best prize in a competition held by ATRIP, an international association of IP scholars. In the past, he has been an invited research fellow at the Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP), Tokyo, an International Bar Association (IBA) scholar and an Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) scholar.