CIRC Webinars

Webinar on Patents and Pharmaceuticals.

Under a market-based system, it is well established that the private sector is uniquely dependent on patent protection in order to generate pharmaceutical innovation. This is because, in the absence of legal barriers to entry, price will soon drop to marginal cost and result in the classic public goods dilemma of under-investment in pharmaceutical R&D. However, patent protection lasts for 20 years from the date of application and market exclusivity for a typical patented medicine could range from 8-12 years (US studies). If a medicine is the only or even the best treatment for a disease condition, patent protection may become an obstacle to affordable access, especially in less developed countries where health insurance or other coverage to access such medicines is non-existent or very poor. How can society square this circle? Many have suggested the use of TRIPS flexibilities, including compulsory licences; others suggest differential or tiered pricing;yet others suggest new R&D models that delink costs from prices. The expert will discuss the pros and cons of each of these options.

Topic: Patents and Pharmaceuticals
Date:   Friday, 26th April 2019
Time:  02:00-03:00 PM IST


Jayashree Watal
Counsellor, Intellectual Property Division,
World Trade Organization

Ms. Watal is Counsellor in the Intellectual Property Division of the World Trade Organization from February 2001, where she has dealt with negotiations on TRIPS and public health. She has more than twenty two years of experience in government in India, of which ten years was devoted to policy, diplomacy, research and administration on intellectual property rights, including representing India in the TRIPS negotiations. She has researched and published on issues related to intellectual property rights, including a book Intellectual Property Rights in the WTO and Developing Countries (Oxford University Press, India and Kluwer Law International, 2001). 

Webinar on Indian Competition Law Review, Saturday, 16 March 2019.

The Competition Law of India is under review by a nine member Competition Law Review Committee constituted by the Government of India to strengthen and re-calibrate the law so that it is in sync with the needs of strong economic fundamentals and the increasing size of the Indian Economy. The present review exercise is important to get the competition regime well equipped to deal with the changing nature of the economy, which is quite paradoxical.
We invite you to join this webinar on the proposed changes to Competition Law of India submitted by CUTS International and CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC) to the review committee.
Link to submission:

Topic:      Indian Competition Law Review
Speaker: Pradeep S Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS International
Date:       Saturday, 16 March 2019 Time:11 AM-12 PM IST