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Changes to India Patent Laws Spur Interest of Corporate Counsel

6/6/2005

Chid Iyer, partner of Sughrue Mion and expert in the practice of IP in India, hosted a roundtable on the topic of India as a technical powerhouse.  It is estimated that over 50 corporate counsel tuned into the presentation.  The Roundtable was organized by the Association of Patent Law Firms and focused on the recently changed patent laws in India.  Chid was accompanied by V. Lakshmikumaran, a well-known advocate from India who litigates cases in high technology areas in front of the Supreme Court of India.

Chid and other presenters noted that while the initial emphasis in India was on software, others areas of technology like pharmaceuticals have quickly followed suit.  Recognizing that a well established IP process is paramount to the continued success of the technology industry in India, the Indian government changed its laws despite significant debate on the issue.  The new laws are an attempt to harmonize with other countries’ patent processes and honor India’s commitments to the WTO.

The roundtable presentation discussed in detail the patent laws in India with an emphasis on the recent changes. Specifically, the impact of these laws on the pharmaceutical industry were addressed. In addition, insights as to the impact that these changes will have on contract manufacturing of pharmaceutical ingredients were provided.

For more information on this topic, please contact Chid Iyer at ciyer sughrue.com.