International Conference on IP law & Policy: A device for Research & Development, Nov 26-30 2017, NLIU Bhopal.


We live in a world with an unequal distribution of intellectual property (‘IP’) between countries. While research and development is touted as a common justification for IP laws, there remains a sharp divide between IP poor and IP rich countries. The objective of this Conference is to examine the perennial question – whether IP laws and policies help or hinder the economic and technological advancement of nations? Corollary to this question is what can be done to make the existing IP regimes, domestic and international, fair and equitable.

Besides an opportunity to present a research paper, this Conference provides a platform for IP scholars to – (i) meet and develop ideas and strategies for supporting IP research, and (ii) identify and deliberate on emerging areas of IP law.


Original and unpublished research papers are invited from academics, researchers, students, lawyers and professionals on the provided theme and sub themes.


The main issue that the Conference seeks to address is whether IP law and policies, and laws and policies related to IP law – such as corporate law, are more enabling or disabling to research and development. Hence, the theme of the Conference is “Intellectual Property Law and Policy: A Device for Research and Development.”

This theme has three subthemes –
I. Whether domestic and international laws relating to (i) copyright, (ii) patents, (iii) trademark, (iv) geographical indications of goods, (v) protection of plant varieties and farmers’ rights, (vi) industrial design, (vii) layout design of semiconductor integrated circuits, (viii) trade secret, and (ix) any other areas of IP law (emerging or otherwise), and related laws help or hinder research and development.

II. What can be done to make the existing IP regime, i.e., IP law and policy more fair and equitable?

III. What are the moral, philosophical, legal, social, and/or ethical consequences of existing laws?

Papers may be contributed on: (i) main theme, (ii) any of the nine areas of first subtheme, (iii) second theme, or (iv) the third theme. The paper must make a new, non-obvious, and useful claim.


An abstract of the paper, in not more than 500 words, clearly elucidating the “original, new, nonobvious, and useful idea”, should be submitted on or before 11:59 pm IST on August 15, 2017. The abstract, along with a document containing a brief profile of the author indicating his/her name, designation, email ID, contact number and official address, must be sent in MS Word format (.doc/.docx), to [email protected] The subject of the e-mail must be “Abstract for IP Conference”.

All submitted abstracts will undergo a blind review. The Conference Organizing Committee will communicate about the abstract selection by August 25, 2017.

1. The participants are mandated to fill the online registration form and pay the registration fees, vide Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), upon the receipt of the acceptance mail, in response to their abstracts submissions.

2. The deadline to receive the completed online registration form, along with the EFT, is 11:59 pm on September 30, 2017. For EFT details, please see

3. All Registration fees are to be paid in INR. The fee details are as follows:

  • Academicians/ Practitioners/ Others (Indian) INR 5000/-
  • Academicians/ Practitioners/ Others (Foreign) USD 100/- (INR 6500/-)
  • Students (Indian) INR 3000/-
  • Students (NLIU) INR 1000/-
  • Members of Faculty (NLIU and Western Sydney University) NIL

Venue: National Law Institute University, Bhopal, Kerwa Dam road, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. PIN- 462044


  1. All the registered participants must submit the full paper on or before 11:59 pm IST on October 25, 2017.
  2. The paper must begin with the subject matter of study, provide an exhaustive literature review, state the problem and hypothesis, examine the hypothesis and provide conclusions and suggestions.
  3. Word Limit: 6000-10,000 words.
  4. Prescribed Format: The text of the manuscript should be in Times New Roman, font size 12 with 1.5 line spacing. The footnotes should be in Times New Roman, font size 10 and in single line spacing.
  5. The writings must conform with the Bluebook style of citation, 19th edition. The manuscripts must be sent in MS Word format (.doc/.docx) to [email protected]
  6. The subject of the e-mail must be “Submission for IP Conference”.
  • Last Date for Abstract Submission August 15, 201
  • Confirmation of Abstract August 25, 2017
  • Last Date of Online Registration September 30, 2017
  • Last Date for Paper Submission October 25, 2017
  • Date of Conference November 26 – 30, 2017

Contact Person in India
Professor (Dr.) Ghayur Alam
Convener of the Conference,
National Law Institute University, Bhopal.
Tel: +91-755-2696965, 2696970, Ext. 203,
e-mail: [email protected]

Contact Person in Australia
Dr. Alpana Roy
Associate Professor,
School of Law, Western Sydney University,
Parramatta campus, NSW, Australia,
e-mail: [email protected]

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