1st India Conference on Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition to be hosted by IIMB

Nidhi Mishra updated on : 01 Dec 2015

Industry chieftains, academics from Ivy League colleges and policy makers will discuss ways to spur Indian innovation & entrepreneurship


IIM Bangalore will host the First India Conference on Innovation, Intellectual Property & Competition on Monday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Academicians, industry experts, innovation scholars, policy makers and practitioners from India as well as overseas will take part in the brain-storming sessions to discuss various aspects of innovation, IP and the competition ecosystem in India along with their transformational long-term impact on the country’s economy.

Talking about the relevance of such a conference, Dr Sourav Mukherji, Dean Programmes, IIM Bangalore, says “As a country, we have a lot of innovative people…people with new ideas, but we are not an innovative nation. How do we bridge this gap? India is a complex country; innovation is very context specific. It does not stop with the new idea, along with that you need management processes. Can we tolerate risk? Can we make an assessment of risk? Is there a tolerance for failure in our environment? How much competition do we really allow? How do we protect Intellectual Property and yet at the same time worry about the millions of people who are economically underprivileged? This conference that we are organizing is an attempt towards starting this dialogue.”

Dr. Chirantan Chatterjee, Chair of the Conference Organizing Committee and Faculty Member at IIM Bangalore, adds: “India is at the cusp of transitioning in its innovation, IP and competition environment both in the digital and brick-and-mortar world. The conference is bringing together academics, policy makers and management thinkers to deliberate on what it is that can spur innovation and entrepreneurship in the Indian economy and reinvigorate, as our Prime Minister says, animal spirits, in the Indian economy.” 

On December 7, Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson of Board of Governors, IIMB, will deliver the inaugural address on ‘IPR and A Sustainable Start-Up Ecosystem in India’. The keynote address will be delivered by Harvard University professor Dr. Tarun Khanna on ‘Reimagining an Innovative India’.

The conference will feature special tracks on International Innovation, India & Economic Growth; Intellectual Property Rights, Indian Innovation & Make in India; Evaluating Innovative Activity: Evidence from the Patent Office; Competition & Innovation – Lessons for India; Technology Standards & Innovation Conversations for India and Economic History of Innovation, Development and Prizes.

Speakers include Shyamkrishna Balganesh, Professor, Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Lee Branstetter, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University; Vijay Chandru, Founder Chairman, Strand Life Sciences; Ashok Chawla, Chairman, Competition Commission of India (CCI); Bhaskar Das, Group CEO, Zee Media Corporation Ltd, Biocon India Limited, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIM Bangalore; Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law, Co-Director of Academic Programs, Senior Scholar of The Center for The Protection of Intellectual Property, George Mason University; Srinivas Prasad, CEO, Philips Innovation Campus; Kamal Saggi, Frances and John Downing Family Professor of Economics, Vanderbilt University; Inderpreet Sawhney, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Wipro Ltd; Mark Snyder, Vice President, Patent Counsel, Qualcomm Inc. and one of the most highly cited management scholars in the world, David J. Teece, Tusher Professor of Global Business, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

A Round Table on Innovation in India featuring many of the above speakers will be held on December 7 at 7 pm.  The Distinguished Chairperson for the Round Table will be Professor David Teece and he will be supported by Dr. Anupam Khanna, Former Chief Economist at NASSCOM as a distinguished anchor.

The conference will also include an unique conclave on ‘Women & Innovation in India’ with distinguished panelists like Deepa Bacchu, Founder and CEO at Pensaar, a design strategy and consulting firm; Suparna Bhattacharya, Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett-Packard; Deepanwita Chattopadhyay, Chairman & CEO at ICICI Knowledge Park, India. The panel will be moderated by noted economic historian Dr. B. Zorina Khan, Professor of Economics at Bowdoin College, LSE and NBER.

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