Centre For Post Graduate Legal Studies

Arpan Banerjee

Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean for Career Development and Executive Director, Centre for Intellectual Property & Technology Law 
B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) (NUJS-Kolkata), LLM (King’s College, London)

 : +91-1303057852

 : abanerjee@jgu.edu.in

Arpan Banerjee is Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property & Technology Law at Jindal Global Law School. Arpan’s main areas of interest are IP law (focusing on copyright and trade mark law), media law and entertainment law. He has published and spoken widely, and received prestigious international fellowships and awards. Most recently,  Arpan was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation German Chancellor’s Fellowship, spanning a 1.5-year period. He was hosted by Bucerius Law School, with research stays at the Oxford University IP Research Centre and King’s College.   Arpan is an affiliated faculty member at the Centre for Intellectual Property Research at the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University Bloomington,  a  lecturer at the Bucerius-UC Hastings-WIPO Summer School in International IP Transactions, and an Associate Fellow at the University of Westminster Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture. Prior to joining Jindal, Arpan taught at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur as an Assistant Professor (promoted to tenure-track). Before joining academia, Arpan practised as an IP lawyer. He worked on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters, advising clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small enterprises.

Articles:

  • ‘Forum Shopping in IP Infringement Cases in India’, Journal of World Intellectual Property (accepted, under revision)
  • ‘Dual Capacity of Advocates: Implications for IP Law Firms’ (2018) Indian Journal of Law & Technology (co-authored) (National Law School of India University, Bangalore) (forthcoming).
  • ‘Standard Essential Patents, Innovation and Competition: Challenges in India’ (2017) 7 IP Theory 1 (Indiana University Bloomington School of Law).
  • ‘Reforming IP Education in Indian Law Schools’, (2017) 7 WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers 10.
  • ‘Copyright Piracy and the Indian Film Industry: A “Realist” Assessment’, (2016) 34 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 608 (90 pages).
  • ‘Spill-over Reputation in Passing Off Actions: Indian and English Law Compared’ (2014) 14 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 21. 
  • ‘Copyright and Cross-Cultural Borrowing: Indo-Western Musical Encounters’ (2014) 5 IP Theory 35 (Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law).
  • ‘The Indian Film Industry’s Battle Against Piracy’ (2014) WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers (WIPO and WTO).
  • ‘Non-origin Infringement: Has Trade Mark Law Gone Too Far?’ (2012) 5 International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 555 (Max Planck Institute for Competition and Innovation, Munich).
  • ‘A Case for Economic Incentives to Promote “Parallel” Cinema in India’, (2011) 16 Media & Arts Law Review 21 (University of Melbourne).
  • ‘Intellectual Property Litigation in India: Challenges for Foreign Plaintiffs’ (2011) 33 European Intellectual Property Review 715 (co-author) (Sweet & Maxwell, London).
  • ‘Trade Mark Infringement: Tackling Groundless Threats’, Managing Intellectual Property: India IP Focus (8th edition,   2011) (co-author) (Euromoney Publications, London).
  • ‘Political Censorship and Indian Cinematographic Laws’ (2010) 2 Drexel Law Review 557 (69 pages) (Symposium Issue).
  • ‘Comparative Advertising and the Tort of Generic Disparagement’ (2010) 5 Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 791 (Oxford University Press, Oxford).
  • ‘How Hollywood Can Sue Bollywood for Copyright Infringement and Save Indian Cinema’ (2010) 32 European Intellectual Property Review 498 (Sweet & Maxwell, London).
  • ‘Judicial Safeguards Against “Trial by Media” in India?’ (2010) 1 Journal of Media Law and Ethics 28 (Marquette University, Washington).
  • ‘Assessing the Track Record of India’s Film Certification Appellate Tribunal’ (2010) 2 Journal of Media Law 277 (Hart Publishing, Oxford).
  • ‘Television Content Regulation in India: Are News Channels Crying Wolf?’ (2010) 21 Entertainment Law Review 58 (Sweet & Maxwell, London).
  • ‘Contempt of Court and Criticism of the Judiciary in India’ (2007) 12 Media & Arts Law Review 320 (University of Melbourne).

Book chapters: 

  • ‘Fair Dealing and Educational Photocopying’, in Comparative Aspects of Limitations and Exceptions in Copyright Law (Shyam Balganesh, Ng-Loy Wee Loon and Haochen Sen (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
  • ‘Internet Censorship in India’, in Digital Democracy in a Globalised World (Corien Prins et al (eds), Edward Elgar, 2017).
  •  ‘Pharmaceutical Patent Infringement: Public Interest Considerations in the Grant of Interim Injunctions’, in Leading Patent Cases in Major Asian Jurisdictions (Kung-Chung Liu (ed), HK City University Press, 2017)
  • ‘A Rough Guide to IP and Popular Culture Scholarship’, in Approaches and Methodologies in Intellectual Property Research(Irene Calboli and Lilla Montagnani (eds), Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  •  ‘Judicial Limits on Comparative Advertising in India’, in Leading Trade Mark Cases in Major Asian Jurisdictions (Kung-Chung Liu (ed), Hong Kong City University Press, forthcoming).
  • ‘A Rough Guide to IP and Popular Culture Scholarship’, in Approaches and Methodologies in Intellectual Property Research(Irene Calboli and Lilla Montagnani (eds), Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  •  ‘Judicial Limits on Comparative Advertising in India’, in Leading Trade Mark Cases in Major Asian Jurisdictions (Kung-Chung Liu (ed), Hong Kong City University Press, forthcoming).
  •  ‘Judicial Limits on Comparative Advertising in India’, in Leading Trade Mark Cases in Major Asian Jurisdictions (Kung-Chung Liu (ed), Hong Kong City University Press, forthcoming).
  •  ‘The Law and Politics of Pharmaceutical Patents in India’, in Perspectives on Innovation and IPRs in China and India (Kung Chung Liu and Uday Racherla (eds), Springer, 2016.

Case Notes:

  • ‘Online Uploads by the Trade Marks Registry: Indian High Court Rejects Constructive Notice Approach’ (2013) 8 Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 502 (Oxford University Press, Oxford).
  • ‘Film Copyright Infringement: Bypassing the “Carbon Copy” Handicap’ (2010) 5 Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 17 (Oxford University Press, Oxford).

Book Reviews:

  • Review of Hollywood and the Law by Paul McDonald et al (eds), (2017) Cambridge Law Journal 197.
  • Review of Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights by Neil Wilkof and Shamnad Basheer (eds), (2015) 55 Indian Journal of International Law 293 (Springer).

Conference/Workshop Papers:

  • ‘Goodwill in Passing Off Actions: What Should a ‘Balancing Exercise’ Look Like?’, IP Scholarship Redux Conference, Franklin Pierce Centre for IP, University of New Hampshire, 6-7 April 2018
  • ‘Website Blocking Mechanisms in India’, 2nd JGLS-SMU-Renmin Conference on IP Law in China and India, Renmin University, Beijing, 18-19 December 2017
  • ‘Goodwill in Passing Off Actions: What Should a ‘Balancing Exercise’ Look Like?’, IP Scholarship Redux Conference, Franklin Pierce Centre for IP, University of New Hampshire, 6-7 April 2018‘Restraints on the Use of Brands in Films’, INTA Trade Mark Scholarship Symposium, 139th INTA Annual Meeting, Barcelona, 23 May, 2017.
  • ‘Website Blocking Mechanisms in India’, 2nd JGLS-SMU-Renmin Conference on IP Law in China and India, Renmin University, Beijing, 18-19 December 2017

  • ‘Incrementalism and IP Reforms in India’, 36th ATRIP Congress, Victoria University, Wellington, 23-26 October 2017.

  • ‘Reforming IP Education in India’, 1st WIPO-WTO Colloquium for IP Teachers and Researchers in Asia, Singapore Management University, 20-22 February, 2017.
  • ‘Reflections on India’s National IPR Policy’, 2nd IP Scholars Asia Works-in-Progress Conference, Singapore Management University, 23-24 February, 2017..
  • ‘IP and the Humanities’, IP Research Methodologies Workshop, Singapore Management University, 25 February, 2017.
  • ‘Film Censorship in India’, 9th Stanford-Penn International Junior Faculty Forum, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 11-12 November, 2016.
  • ‘Copyright and Fair Dealing in the Education Sector’, UPenn-NUS-HKU Conference on Limitations & Expectations in Copyright Law, 21-22 July, 2016, National University of Singapore.
  • ‘Intellectual Property Scholarship and the New Legal Realism Movement’, 35th ATRIP Congress, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, 26-29 July, 2016.
  • ‘Delhi Belly: Curbing the Appetite for Forum Shopping in India’, 1st IP Scholars Asia Works-in-Progress Conference, Singapore Management University, 28-29 January, 2016.
  • ‘Copyright and Cross-Cultural Borrowing’, 4th Global IP Congress, NLU Delhi, 15-17 December, 2015.
  • ‘Intellectual Property Scholarship and the New Legal Realism Movement’, Annual CMCL Media & IP Conference, University of Melbourne Law School, 23-24 November, 2015.
  • ‘Copyright and Cultural Appropriation in Art’, Annual Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) Conference, Harvard Law School, 1-2 June, 2015.
  • ‘Damages in IP Infringement Cases in India’, Conference on ‘IP in Singapore and Beyond’, Singapore Management University, 25-26 May, 2015.
  • ‘Copyright Piracy and the Indian Film Industry’, 6th Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) Writing Workshop, Doha, 2–11 January 2015, and 1st King’s College London Transnational Law Summer Institute (TLSI) Writing Workshop, 28 June – 10 July, 2015.
  •  ‘Forum Shopping in IP Infringement Cases in India’, 33rd ATRIP Congress, University of Montpellier, 6-9 July, 2014.
  • ‘Internet Censorship in India’, 1st Law Schools Global League Conference, Koç University, Istanbul, 15-18 July, 2014.
  • ‘East-West Encounters in Popular Music: Legal Implications’, Indiana University Bloomington Conference on ‘Leveraging Creativity and IP’, Indianapolis, 15-16 May, 2014.
  • ‘The Indian Film Industry’s Battle Against Piracy’, 10th WIPO-WTO Colloquium for IP Teachers and Researchers, 17-28 June, 2013, Geneva.

     
Invited Lectures:

  • ‘Film Censorship in India’, Institut für Asien und Afrikawissenschaften, Humboldt University, Berlin, 22 June, 2017.
  • ‘Cross-Border Copyright Litigation and the Indian Film Industry’, University of Glasgow, 6 June, 2017.
  • ‘Comparative Advertising: Indian and English Law Compared’, Sheffield University Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law Seminar Series, University of Sheffield, 10 May, 2017.
  • ‘The Judicial Expansion of Trade Mark Tarnishment in India’, Oxford IP Centre Invited Speaker Series, St Peter’s College, Oxford University, 27 April, 2017.
  • ‘Bollywood and the Law’, DLA Piper-Bucerius Young IP Scholars Lecture Series, Bucerius Law School, 29 Nov, 2016.

     

Other Presentations/Talks:

  • Panelist, JGLS National Roundtable on Film Piracy, JGLS, 30 July, 2016.
  • Panelist, 2nd King’s College London Transnational Law Summer Institute (TLSI) Workshop, 21 June – 30 June, 2016.
  • Speaker, Anand & Anand Brand Awareness Training Seminar, New Delhi, 6 April, 2016.
  • Speaker, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Conference on IP Adjudication, Maharashtra Judicial Academy, Bombay, 5 February, 2016.
  • Panelist, Anand & Anand Conference on Competition Law, New Delhi, 4 February, 2016.
  • Speaker, Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation Seminar on Copyright Licensing, New Delhi, 16 February, 2015.
  • Panelist, 4th Annual IP Teaching Workshop (NLU Delhi and University of Washington School of Law, Seattle), New Delhi, 14 February, 2015.
  • Speaker, Anand & Anand Seminar on Counterfeiting and Piracy, New Delhi, 31 October, 2014.
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (August 2016 – December 2017): Awarded the German Chancellor’s Fellowship.  
  • Oxford IP Research Centre, Oxford University Faculty of Law (April-May 2017): Invited as a Visiting Research Fellow. Funded as part of the German Chancellor’s Fellowship.
  • King’s College London (May-June 2017): Invited as a Visiting Scholar. Funded as part of the German Chancellor’s Fellowship.
  • WIPO and WTO: Selected for the 10th WIPO-WTO IP Teachers’ Colloquium in Geneva (June 2013) and the 1st WIPO-WTO Asian IP Teachers’ Colloquium in Singapore (February 2017).
  • King’s College London Transnational Law Summer Institute (TLSI): Selected as a Fellow for the 1st and 2nd TLSI workshops at King’s College London (June –July 2015 and June 2016).   
  • Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) (January 2015): Selected for the 6th IGLP Workshop in Doha.  
  • Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University (May-June 2012): Awarded the Cegla Centre visiting scholarship to research on IP and media laws. 
  • British Academy (2018- 2020): Competitively awarded the British Academy Leverhulme Small Research Grant  for conducting research on film classification laws in India and the UK (co-investigator with Professor Guy Osborn, University of Westminster).
  • Qualcomm Inc (2015 – 2016): Part of an eight-member team at JGLS awarded a grant by Qualcomm, for conducting research on IP and competition law, and organising workshops and conferences.
  • Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) (2015): Competitively awarded the inaugural MPAA Global IP Research Grant. Conducted research on film piracy in India. 
  • British Academy (2018- 2020): Competitively awarded the British Academy Leverhulme Small Research Grant  for conducting research on film classification laws in India and the UK (co-investigator with Professor Guy Osborn, University of Westminster).

  • Co-editor, WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers special issue (2017).
  • Member of the Editorial Board of IP Theory, journal published by Indiana University Bloomington.
  • Coordinator, JGLS-SMU-Renmin Conference on IP Law in China and India, 27-28 September, 2016.
  • Chair, JGLS National Roundtable on Film Piracy, JGLS, 30 July, 2016.
  • Coordinator, JGLS National Consultation Workshop on Standard Setting and Innovation in the ICT Sector, 18-19 December, New Delhi, 2015.
  • Coordinator, JGLS-Society of Indian Law Firms Conference on Emerging Trends and Challenges in Commercial Legal Practice, 8-9 November, 2014, New Delhi.
  • Chair, INTA Seminar on Careers in IP Law, JGLS, 20 October, 2012.
  • Chair, INTA Seminar on Careers in IP Law, IIT Kharagpur, 10 March, 2012. 
  • First Prize, 9th ATRIP Essay Competition for Young Researchers in Intellectual Property Law (2015).
     
  • Third Prize, 8th ATRIP Essay Competition for Young Researchers in Intellectual Property Law (2014).
     
  • Selected for the 9th Stanford-Penn International Junior Faculty Forum, 2016 (10 papers chosen every year).
     
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, JGLS (2014 and 2015).
     
  • Award for Excellence in Research, JGLS (2014).