The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) organized a Judicial Conference on Intellectual Property Protection on 27-28th August, 2010 at ASSOCHAM House, 47 Prithviraj Road, New Delhi. The conference was organized with an aim to bring into focus the judiciary issues associated with the enforcement of IPRs, and to bring forth the recommendations regarding suitable changes in the IPR regime by the industry.

The inaugural session was held on 27 August 2010 and Shri Salman Khurshid, Hon’ble Minister for Corporate affairs, Govt. of India gave the inaugural address. The welcome address was given by Mr. Anil K. Agarwal, Chairman – International affairs & Past President, ASSOCHAM. The keynote address was given by Mr. Jack Chang, Senior IP Counsel, Asia – GE & Chairman of Quality Brands, Protection Committee, China. The special address was given by Mr. Sumanjyoti Khaitan, Chairman – Legal Affairs Committee, ASSOCHAM and Justice Dr. M.K. Sharma, Hon’ble Judge, Supreme Court of India. Mrs. Krishna Sharma, Chairperson, IPR Committee, ASSOCHAM gave the concluding remarks.

The technical session on 28 August 2010 started with welcome address by Mr. Anil K. Agarwal and agenda address by Mr. Jack Chang. Justice Mr. Anil R. Dave, Judge, Supreme Court of India was the chief guest. The first session was on IP awareness and protection which focused on the need for national IP Policy and increasing the IPR capacity building in the industry.

The second session focused on protection for Trademarks, Trade dress and Trade names. The talk was about Trademark law trends in India, Key recent judgements and the counterfeiting issues. Mr. Amar Prakash, Deputy Registrar of Trademarks, IP Office, New Delhi was the panel chair.

The post lunch session was on protection for patents, designs and trade secrets where panel chair was held by Honorable Justice Mr. Pradeep Nandrajog, Delhi High Court. Honorable Justice Mr. A. K. Sikri, Delhi High Court and Honorable Justice Mr. S. K. Kaul, Delhi High Court were special invitees. The last session focused on protection for copyrights and related rights for which Honorable Justice Mr. Rajiv Shakdher, Delhi High Court, was the panel chair. The discussion was concluded by Prof. Shatendra Sharma, Director, University Science Instrumentation Centre, JNU.