About the Organiser

The Centre for IPRs and Technology was established at DSNLU in the year 2017 to foster innovation and encourage Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and technology law-related activities in the widest amplitude to bringing together Educational Institutions, Research Institutes, State Instrumentalities & Corporate Entities to facilitate a conducive environment in the domain of academia, consultancy and research. Till date, the Centre has organized various International and National Events to disseminate information on social, ethical, legal and economic aspects of IPRs and Technology.

About the Seminar

Traditional Knowledge (TK) is culturally oriented or culturally based, and it is integral to the cultural identity of the social group in which it operates and is preserved. “Traditional knowledge” is an open-ended way to refer to tradition-based literary, artistic, or scientific works; performances; inventions; scientific discoveries; designs; marks, names, and symbols; undisclosed information; and all other tradition-based innovations and creations resulting from intellectual activity. India is a hub of traditional knowledge, Indigenous culture, and ethnicity.

The present legal regime in the field of traditional knowledge is inadequate and incomplete. The interconnectedness of national and global legal regimes on TK protection and the constant evolution of the debate calls for policy efforts towards adapting to changing requirements. For three reasons, the current IPR system cannot protect traditional knowledge.

  • First, the current system seeks to privatize ownership and is designed to be held by individuals or corporations, whereas traditional knowledge has collective ownership.
  • Second, this protection is time-bound, whereas traditional knowledge is held in perpetuity from generation to generation.
  • Third, it adopts a restricted interpretation of invention which should satisfy the criteria of novelty and be capable of industrial application, whereas traditional innovation is incremental, informal, and occurs over time.

A Sui Generis, or alternative law, is, therefore, necessary to protect traditional knowledge. 

Issues to be Discussed at the Seminar

  • The sufficiency or insufficiency of the existing national legislations for protecting TK.
  • Human Rights based approach for protection of TK.
  • Access to benefit sharing of TK and Convention of Biological Diversity and Ngoya Protocol.
  • Case Studies of implementation of Indigenous legislations relating to biological resources and TK including benefit sharing and problems of MSMEs and researchers;
  • Impact of implementation of the legislations on the Indian Traditional Medicine industry;
  • Development of data-bases on all TK in the country and the uses of the different TK; and Protection of undisclosed information.
  • Commercialization of Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCEs) Issues and Challenges

Call for Contributions and Submission Guidelines

Contributions are invited for original work which addresses own research, Case Studies, theoretical and conceptual work in the above-mentioned webinar themes. Networking, interaction, sharing and discussion will be core aspects of the webinar, emphasizing what you can learn from and with your peers. Abstracts and Full-Papers for the publications should be submitted via email to @ nationalseminartk@gmail.com

  • The length of the abstract should be between 100-350 words and are to be submitted in word document.
  • The author’s name, title and other details should be typed at the end of the Abstract and Paper.
  • Authors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts by email in “word format” and “12-Times New Roman” font should be used within text along with “10-Times New Roman” for footnotes with 1.5 spacing.
  • The word limit for the full paper should be between 4000-7000 words including abstract.
  • The Bluebook 21st Edition style of citation must be strictly followed.
  • Co-authorship: Up to two-authors is permitted.
  • Ignorance of any prescribed guideline would lead to prima facie rejection.
  • Selected papers may be published in a book with an ISBN number. 

Important Dates

  • Deadline for registration: February 5, 2022
  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: February 12, 2022
  • Intimation of Selection of Abstract: February 15, 2022
  • Deadline for Full Paper Submission: April 1, 2022
  • Dates of the Seminar: April 9 & 10, 2022

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Registration Fees

  • Students: 200/-
  • Scholars/Professionals: 300/-

Payment Details

  • Account Number: 283710100024089
  • Name of the Account Holder: Registrar, DSNLU
  • Name: Union Bank of India
  • Bank Branch: Sabbavaram
  • IFSC Code: UBIN0828378

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