After a great response to our call for applications for our first SpicyIP Fellowship, we are pleased to announce the selected Fellows for 2013 - 2014.
We'd like to thank all those who participated in the Fellowship application process and especially those who continued to send in multiple entries based on the feedback from previous submissions. We received about 40 submissions during the 6 week period from December 14th - January 25th. Of these, 18 were selected as guest posts and we have selected 3 Fellows from amongst the authors of these 18 posts. The criteria for selection included topic choice, research ability, analysis, clarity and language skills. The year long Fellowship begins on February 1st, 2013 and runs on till January 31st, 2014.
In no particular order the Fellows are:
1. Anubha Sinha
Anubha Sinha is a fourth year student at RML National Law University, Lucknow. Participating in a national IP moot kindled her interest in Intellectual Property where she had her first brush with software patenting. She finds IP fascinating because of its constantly evolving nature. Her interest in the field also emerges from the exciting interface between IP and technology. She is currently on the Board of Editors for her law school's RMLNLU Law Review and has a few paper publications too
Her posts for the fellowship included:
2. L. Gopika Murthy
Gopika is a second year student at National Law School of India University, Bangalore. Her first exposure to Intellectual property law and SpicyIP was through the University Moot Rounds at NLSIU, Bangalore in her first year. She has been regularly following the developments in the field of IPR since then and she hopes to contribute to the reporting of such developments. Her areas of interest in IP include copyrights, open access, fair dealing and trademarks.
Her posts for the fellowship included:i) The Unfair Competition Act, 2011 and its Implications on Indian Manufacturers
ii) Plain packaging laws for Tobacco products
iii) Copyright in Social Media - AFP v. Daniel Morel
iv) Madurai Malli is granted GI status
3. Aparajita Lath
Aparajita is a third year student at the WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. Her curiosity in intellectual property rights was ignited much earlier at home, in an atmosphere of creativity and innovation of a professional artist and a design engineer- her mother and brother respectively. Her interest in this field deepened while participating in moot courts and through internships. It has now taken strong roots and she enjoy reading, thinking and discussing about issues related to this field. Her evolving interests include business methods and their patentability, access to intellectual property rights (in developing countries), IP securitization and parallel imports of copyrighted works.
ii) More GI news as Meerut Scissors granted GI status
iii) For whom is the Indian IPR Regime
New addition to the team
Aside from the above mentioned Fellows, we are also very happy to announce that we have a new member joining our team.
Madhulika Vishwanathan is a registered Indian patent agent and has a Masters in Pharmacology from ICT, Mumbai. She has previously completed a one year CSIR-TIFAC fellowship in IP law at URDIP, Pune and has worked in the IP cell of Panacea Biotech Ltd, Mumbai. She is currently working in Harris Shelton Hannover Walsh PLLC, a law firm based out of Memphis, Tennessee and hopes to go to law school someday! Her specific interests include issues involving pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent law, regulatory aspects like Hatch Waxman litigation and antitrust law. Apart from Intellectual property, she loves reading and sketching.
We are very happy to have all these new additions to our team and with all their varied interests and perspectives, I'm sure that our readers can look forward to more spicy discussions being served to them!