Photo of Shamnad holding a microphone and smiling

Shamnad was different things to different people and it was his ability to connect with people from all walks of life (and all ages) that set him apart from the rest of us. To find words that fully describe him happens to be an insurmountable task. The more one speaks to his friends, colleagues and people whose lives he has touched, it leaves one with the feeling that they knew a completely different Shamnad.

However, we can have literature on the work that he was committed to, without any contradictions. He believed in, and fought for, open access – whether it was in relation to education, laws or justice. He championed diversity in all aspects – whether it was in relation to the students getting into premier law schools, the subjects one studied or the topics one wrote on. He dreamt of a fairer world (he was an idealist even though he would argue against this characterisation given a chance).

His commitment to these principles formed the genesis of the Spicy IP Blog, IDIA and the PPIL (Promoting Public Interest Lawyering ) Project. It is the very same commitment which led him on the path to set up a home where the aged and the orphaned could co-habit. Even though he has left us much earlier than we would have liked, we can continue to honour him by supporting these institutions and paving the way for the home he envisaged.

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  • DPhil (PhD): University of Oxford (2013) | MPhil: University of Oxford (2004-2005)

  • BCL: University of Oxford (2002-2003) | BALLB (Hons.): National Law School of India University (NLSIU), India

  • Schooling: The Laidlaw Memorial School and Junior College, Ketti | St. Thomas Residential School, Trivandrum | Cliff School, Ooty




20 18 2018

Listed as one of the top ten leading lawyers who are changing the world for the better by

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Pirappancode Memorial Award for Outstanding Social Justice Lawyering

20 17 2017

Paper on Artificial Intelligence and Law rated as second best in a competition held by Script-Ed.

20 16 2016

SILF-MILAT Award for Most Innovative Law Teacher

Referred to by Justice Gautam Patel in one of decisions on website blocking and copyright law, as “arguably the country’s foremost academic authority on matters pertaining to intellectual property and information technology”

20 15 2015

Infosys Award for pioneering scholarship in IP Law. And for promoting access to Law and Legal Education (selected by a jury headed by Nobel laureate, Prof Amartya Sen).

Rated as top 50 Most Influential Figures in Global Intellectual Property by MIP (Managing Intellectual Property), a premier IP publication.

20 14 2014

Award for Excellence in IP Education (by LegalEra)

SpicyIP, rated by MIP as one of 50 most influential IP personalities for 2014.(and earlier for 2011)

20 12 2012

Amicus-Academic Intervenor in the Novartis vs UOI landmark patent case And for promoting at the Indian Supreme Court. Submissions in favour of higher patentability standard for drugs relied on by court in its decision

Cited by the Controller General of Patents in his decision granting India’s first compulsory licensing decision (Natco vs Bayer)

20 11 2011

Selected to be on the Global Advisory Council for IP on the World Economic Forum (WEF)setting up of Promoting Public Interest Lawyering (P-PIL)

Rated as one amongst the top 10 patent academics whose worksaredownloaded the most from SSRN in 2011 (the only non US academic from the ten member list).

20 10 2010

Founded IDIA in 2010

Selected for the European Union Visitors Programme (EUVP) for year 2011 (a programme that facilitates dialogue between EUVP Fellows and EU Policy Makers)

20 07 2007

Awarded the first place in a writing contest held by ATRIP for an article dealing with the Novartis-Gleevec patent case in India.

20 05 2005

Founded Spicy IP Blog

20 04 2004

Awarded the second prize in a writing contest held by the Stanford Technology Law Review for an article on biotechnology and patent law in India.

Awarded the MS Lin Scholarship to attend the Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) conference in Seoul.

20 03 2003

Awarded the Wellcome Trust studentship prize and the Clarendon Scholarship (MPhil/DPhil, Oxford). Awarded a distinction on the BCL at Oxford.

Awarded the IBA (International Bar Association) scholarship.

20 02 2002

Awarded the Shell Centenary-British Chevening Scholarship (BCL, Oxford)

Rated as one of the leading technology lawyers in India by the IFLR 1000 guide.

20 01 2001

Awarded the second best prize by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) for an article on “Internet and Intellectual Property Rights”.

20 00 2000

Joined Anand and Anand