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Dr. V. C. Vivekanandan

Ministry of Human Resources Development IP Chair Professor;
Head –NCB Centre for IP Law Studies & Director- NALSAR (National Academy of Legal Studies and Research) Proximate Education;
Adjunct Visiting Professor, Buffalo University, USA

Prof. (Dr.) V.C. Vivekanandan received his PhD on ‘Impact of TRIPS on IP legal regime in India from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. He has a Master’s Degree in Corporate Law and Securities. He also holds a Master’s Degree and M.Phil. degree in Public Administration from Madras University.

He is an expert invitee to the Hague Conference on Private International Law on ‘Online Jurisdiction issues on Legal information’ in October 2008. He runs the Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Laws in four cities of India training technologists and lawyers in the field of Internet and law. He is the Director of the NALSAR Proximate education courses of Cyber Laws, Patents Law, Media Laws and International Humanitarian Laws.

At NALSAR he teaches IPR, Cyber Law, Political Science and International Relations. He is also a visiting faculty for programmes at leading national institutes in the field of cyber Laws like the National Police Academy, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and others. He served as the expert member of the EDGE Foundation of University of Ottawa in drafting the ‘WIPO Development Agenda’ report tabled at the WIPO General Assembly. He is a member of the ‘Special Interest Group’ of the Association of Biotech led Enterprises (ABLE) Bangalore. He is also a consultant for the ISTE-ASTE programme for IPR, IPR programmes for DSIR, member of Bioethics committee of the APIDC Venture capital fund.

Prof. Vivekanandan is the executive member of the Governing council of Indian Institute of Information Technology, Hon. Legal adviser of Engineers without Borders, (India Chapter), Member of the Special Interest Group of Biotech Led Industries (ABLE), advisor to Pharmexil, Advisor to the Copyright Division of the Ministry of Human Resources Development of Govt. of India, Resident Coordinator of the Microsoft Research Scholars Programme at NALSAR and various other forums.

Prof. Vivekanandan is actively involved in the research and dissemination of various legal regimes interfacing Internet Governance. His publications include Jurisprudence of Cyber laws, IPR in Cyber Space, Cyber crimes and regulations, IP for Information Technology and Patents a primer to name a few. He is actively involved as an advisor to the Government of India on copyright issues, information technology and patents. His work concentrates on Digital Divide, Open Source models and E-Governance. His interaction with various technical and legal institutes and Government agencies allows him to further the research and progress of Internet Governance and processes.

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