CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC), along with Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International), undertook an empirical research to facilitate the promotion of a balanced IP regulatory framework that fosters technological innovations, resulting in benefits to consumers and producers in India. The project is completed in three phases. The first phase focuses on issues and challenges pertaining to standard essential patents. The second phase involves a survey of technology start-ups in India aiming to find out how startups construe IP protection and based on evidence whether its use and conditions can be improved. It also provides a window to see how IPRs are structured in India and whether it is evolving to meet the challenges of the changing environment. The third and final phase of the project is an extension of phase two which aims to provide a richer understanding of the patenting activity, motivation and challenges of the technology start-ups in India through case study method to bring out the nuances that the broad survey method is not able to capture. Through these research studies, several issues and regulatory gaps in India’s IP regime are identified and recommendations are provided to address them.



Why 5G is unlikely to solve India’s digital connectivity problems
ThePrint, September 4, 2020
Avoid fragmentation of 5G technology standards while bridging the digital divide.
The Economic Times, June 10, 2020
How Chinese brands left Indian mobile brands gasping.
Smart Governance, June 10, 2020
Huawei’s 5G trouble: A bitter pill that the world must swallow.
The Asian Age, February 21, 2020
Geopolitics & the rollout of 5G: The way forward.
The Asian Age, January 18, 2020
5G tech will pave way for new applications, services & solutions.
The Asian Age, October 30, 2019
Busting myths: Make in India to Design in India.
The Asian Age, December 19, 2018
Intellectual property rights: when it’s broken, fix it!
Mint, February 23, 2016
Protect intellectual property, for starters
The Hindu Business Line, January 22, 2016
Indian industry’s fundamental flaw
The Hindu Business Line, December 24, 2015



CompIP Phase 3

5G in India: Demystifying Reality from Myth  


Technology Start-ups and Patent Protection in India-Case Studies  


CUTS-CIRC webinar ‘Myths and Realities of 5G in India’, June 8, 2020  

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CompIP Phase 3 Faculty Development Programme, February 10, 2020
CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC) organised a faculty development programme by Dr. Sheetal Chopra- India Lead, IPR Advocacy at Ericsson India Ltd., on “Introduction to Standard Essential Patents, February 10, 2020 as a part of Comp-IP Project phase 3

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Distinguished Lecture, January 24, 2020
CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC) organised a distinguished web-lecture by Dr. Sharad Kohli-Founder and Chairman, KCC Group, on “IP Protection for Start-ups in India, January 24, 2020, as a part of Comp-IP Project phase 3.  

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CompIP Phase 2

Standards Development and the 5G Opportunity  


Technology Start-ups and IP Protection in India  


Distinguished Lecture, April 26, 2019
CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC) organised a distinguished web-lecture by Jayashree Watal, Counsellor, Intellectual Property Division, World Trade Organization, on “Patents and Pharmaceuticals” on International IP Day, April 26, 2019, as a part of Comp-IP Project phase 2.  

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CompIP Phase 2 Faculty Development Programme, December 15, 2018  


CUTS-CIRC Roundtable on “Design in India to Maximize 5g Opportunities”, November 30th, 2018 


CompIP Phase 1

CUTS-CIRC Vth Biennial Conference on Competition, Regulation & Development.
New Delhi, November 9-11, 2017

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Roundtable Discussion on Growth of ICT Sector in India: Issues and Challenges pertaining to SEPs
15:00 to 18:00 hrs | August 22, 2016
Maple Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

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Launch Conference
Promoting Innovation and Competition for Efficient Use of Intellectual Property in India (Comp-IP Programme)

Date: Friday March 11, 2016

Venue: Desire Hall, Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi

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