Apply Now | National IP Essay Writing Competition 2021

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IP Matters is organizing its 1st National IP Essay Writing Competition to promote research and creativity in the field of IP Law. Intellectual property has proved to be one of the most valued assets in the present. It is only bound to multiply in the given technologically advanced environment and with such advancements, there arise legal complexities. Law must evolve according to the subjects it governs. Research is key to the successful implementation and adoption of changes. Hence, this competition is organized to catalyze IP enthusiasts to conduct research and bring forth unique ideas. 


March 20, 2021  Last Date for Registration
April 10, 2021  Last Date of Submission
April 10- April 30, 2021  Evaluation process by the Panel of Judges
May 1, 2021  Declaration of Results


Students, professionals, and academicians interested in Intellectual Property Law.


1500-2000 words (excluding citation) 


Registration fees: 

  • Rs.200/- for single author 
  • Rs.300/- for co-authorship (two maximum) 

Payment has to be made through UPI to: +91 99865 36612 (Janhavi K M)

Fill the Google Form: 

Please note: The transaction receipt must be attached and the transaction ID must be  mentioned in the REGISTRATION FORM  


The essay writing competition is Intellectual Property Law specific and a few themes are illustrated for reference purposes. However, candidates are allowed to choose any topic under the realm of Intellectual Property Law for the purpose of this competition. 


  •  Unconventional trademarks 
  •  Domain name protection 
  •  Trademark Parody 
  •  First to use v. First to file


  •  Copyrights for food items, smells, etc. 
  •  Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions 
  •  Street Art and Copyrights 
  •  Fair Use v. Fair Dealing 


  •  Compulsory Licensing 
  •  Patent trolls 
  •  Patent Evergreening 

Geographical Indication 

  •  GI and cultural empowerment 
  •  Overlap between GI and other forms of IP 

Interdisciplinary topics 

  • International Organisations and IP enforcement 
  •  Business Strategy and IP 
  •  Competition Law and IP 
  •  Taxation and IP 


In order to ensure that the essays are reviewed by IP experts, we have established a panel of  judges who have extensive knowledge in the field of Intellectual Property Law. The  following resource individuals shall evaluate and provide reviews to the essays:

Dr M.N. Bheemesh  

Hon. Director at NIALS and  Senior Advisor at ALMT Legal, Bangalore

Dr G. Laxman 

IP Academician and Faculty of  Law, Dayanand College of  Law, Latur, Maharashtra

Ms. Garima Panwar 

IP Academician, Assistant  Professor, Symbiosis Law  School, Pune



  • The text must be in Times New Roman font, size 12. There must be 1.5 line spacing. All text must be justified. (Alignment) 
  • Citation method: 19th Edition Bluebook, Times New Roman, size 10, single spacing. An abstract of 150-200 words must accompany every submission. 
  • The word limit for the articles is 1500-2000 words excluding abstract and footnotes. No endnotes or bibliography allowed. 
  • Plagiarism is allowed only up to 10% 
  • Each confirmed registration will accompany a mail that will contain an assigned code. Submission must be mandatorily made using the code assigned. 
  • Submissions must be mailed to
  • No personal information including the name of the participants, institution, etc. must be revealed in submission mail or the essay. 
  • Failure to follow any submission guideline will lead to automatic rejection of the paper.


The double-blind peer review method is adopted for the judging process. As the submissions will be made using the code assigned, the reviewer will not be aware of the identity of any of the authors. 

The first review process is conducted to eliminate all papers that do not conform to the submission guidelines and the second review process will be conducted by subject matter experts. 

All papers will accompany comments by the reviewers in the form of feedback to maintain transparency. 


1st Prize- Rs.2000 + E-certificate and publication of paper on the IP Matters Website.

2nd Prize- Rs.1000 + E-certificate and publication of paper on the IP Matters Website. Top 5 papers will receive certificate of merit. These papers may be published on the  IP Matters Website subject to certain changes as required. 


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About Nathaniel Adebayo 755 Articles
Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email:

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