Friday, February 26, 2010
Shri Anand Sharma,
Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Industry
Room No. 45, Udyog Bhavan
New Delhi – 110 001
Tel: 2306 1492 / 1008
Re: Summits on Intellectual Property by George Washington University India Project and CII
Re: Ethics of interaction with Indian Judges, law and policy makers at these summits
We, the undersigned public interest organizations and individuals from different fields, note with great concern meetings and "interactions" being organised annually with Indian judges and policy makers on intellectual property as part of so-called summits on intellectual property (IP Summits).
These IP summits in major cities of India are organised annually by the India Project of the George Washington University of the United States, and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with funding from multinational pharmaceutical companies, industry associations and corporate law firms. Even though George Washington University claims to organise and co-sponsor with the Confederation of Indian Industry, industry sponsorship is prominently displayed at the IP summit (See annexure 1).