As of right now, India has less than 1,000 practicing patent professionals. To meet this demand, the UW’s Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP), along with the UW’s Intellectual Property Law and Policy Masters of Law (LL.M.) program has agreed to join forces with the Global Institute of Intellectual Property (GIIP) to provide qualified Indian graduate students with an advance level certificate program on patent and intellectual property.
The program, Brunstad said, would use the American model “to contribute to the understanding and advancement of India’s IP system.” Chief among the reasons for IP law’s prevalence in today’s economy is the mandate issued by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that all of its members must adhere to the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights laws (TRIPS).
“Certainly India’s obligation under the TRIPS has caused greater respect for IP laws,” said UW law professor Dan Laster, who specializes in intellectual property.
Aside from meeting the demands of the WTO, the patent certificate program would serve to fulfill the goals presented on the CASRIP Web site — to facilitate a dialogue between various countries about their different approaches to IP law and to analyze the effects of these differences on technological invention and international trade.