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Philip Morris v Uruguay: A Breathing Space for Domestic IP Regulation

Just received a copy of my recent publication.







Citation: Pratyush Nath Upreti, Philip Morris v Uruguay: A Breathing Space for Domestic IP Regulation, European Intellectual Property Review (2018)40(4), 277­
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From TPP to CPTPP: why intellectual property matters

General Assemblies of Member State of World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

Great to brief a statement on Agenda Item 24 o at Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO: Fifty-Sixth Series of Meetings — 2016

A Brief Analysis Of Nepal’s First National IP Policy

By Pratyush Nath Upreti

Earlier this year, the Nepal Government released its long-awaited first national intellectual property policy, after becoming the first least developed country (LDC) to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 23 April 2004.

The National Intellectual Property Policy of Nepal, released on 6 March, is available here [pdf].

During the accession negotiation of the WTO, Nepal presented an ‘Action Plan for Implementation of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Protection’ which highlights the actions already taken by Nepal and future roadmaps to develop an IP system within an estimated timeline.

Unfortunately, the action plan, suggesting drafting of the national IP code, never came into practice. Being an LDC, Nepal enjoys the status of the transition period under the TRIPS Agreement and has been receiving technical support from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Nepal is in the midst of a political transition, and with …

Nepal's First National Intellectual Property Policy-2017

Catch those pirates

Pratyush Nath Upreti

Apr 26, 2017-

The theme of this year’s World Intellectual Property Day which falls on April 26 is ‘Innovation-Improving Lives’. According to Global Innovation Index 2016, Nepal is in the 115th position among 128 countries which shows that we are lagging behind in building an innovative society. Last year, Nepal witnessed several cases of online piracy which aroused strong protests from the movie industry. The most widely publicised case was that of the film Chhakka Panja which was illegally copied and posted on Facebook. The perpetrator eventually committed suicide. Another case was that of the film Chha Ekan Chha. The perpetrator was identified but no action was taken, leading newspapers to report that he had been forgiven.

Exerting pressure


It would not be possible to make illegal copies of films without the involvement of the production team, but production houses are unwilling to initiate legal proceedings against team members. There is no lack of legal instrum…

Trumps of Nepal

Pratyush Nath Upreti

Sometimes, a word utterly fails to express what we intend to. I feel the same while penning my thoughts about Donald Trump. His political vision and irresponsible and sarcastic comments about religious groups, among others, have made a mockery of him and the presidential election. In June this year, I was in Europe for an event. I happened to have a conversation with a friend on the upcoming US presidential election and we had a difference in opinion on the outcome of the election. At the very end of the conversation, she politely stated, “If the United Kingdom can exit from Europe, then Trump becoming the next US president will not surprise me”.

Some examples

Not only Americans, but the entire world is concerned about the prospect of Trump becoming successful. On this note, let me identify which Nepali politicians share similarities with Trump, as every country has some political leaders like him and Nepal is not an exception. Several Nepali politicians come to …