Professor (Dr) Shamnad Basheer is the Founder and Managing Trustee of IDIA. He wears several hats including that of a legal academic, IP consultant/policy expert and public interest litigator. He is currently the Honorary Research Chair Professor of IP Law at Nirma University.
He is also the founder of the popular intellectual property (IP) blog, SpicyIP. Notably, he was rated as one of the top 50 IP personalities internationally by MIP (Managing Intellectual Property). He was only Indian to have been appointed to the IP global advisory council (GAC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF), where he served for two years.
After graduating from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU, Bangalore), Professor Basheer worked with Anand and Anand, one of India’s leading law firms. He then left for the University of Oxford, where he completed the BCL, MPhil and DPhil with distinction as a Wellcome Trust scholar. Since his time at Oxford, Prof Basheer has held several academic positions in the US, UK and India as below:
i) Bok Visiting Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School (2019)
ii) The Ministry of Human Resource Development Professor in Intellectual Property Law at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (2008-2014)
ii) Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the George Washington University law school (2006-2007)
iii) Research associate at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Center (OIPRC) (2006-2010)
Prof Basheer has published widely in leading journals and books and his articles on Indian patent law have won awards instituted by ATRIP and the Stanford Technology Law Review.
For his various contributions to intellectual property law and to legal education, he was awarded the 2014-15 Infosys Prize (in the Humanities category) by a jury headed by Nobel Laureate, Prof Amartya Sen. He is also the recipient of the SILF MILAT Award for Innovation in Law Teaching (2016) and the Pirappancode Award for Outstanding Social Justice Lawyering (2018). In 2019, he was selected as an Ashoka Fellow.