Akron Law partners with law school in India to create a unique intellectual property project


The University of Akron is partnering with the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) in India to create a unique program for law students in two countries.

The two institutions are working to establish a joint U.S.-India intellectual property project to be known as Gujarat-Akron IPR Network, or GAIN.

“GNLU is one of the leading law schools in India, so they will be a great partner,” said UA IP Center Director Mark Schultz, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Chair in Intellectual Property Law. “We’ve already started on several joint research projects, and we have plans for three joint events next year.”

Schultz says India’s economy is growing and the country has become more serious about its IP system. Additionally, he says, that Dr. Sanjeevi Shanthakumar, the director of the university, wants to make GNLU the premier IP law school in the country.

“This is a very exciting relationship that would not have happened without Mark’s presence,” Akron Law Dean Christopher J. (C.J.) Peters said. “Mark has done a lot of policy work in India, side by side with some Indian law professors and a top Indian-American IP lawyer. A lot of big American corporations are very interested in the prospects for IP policy changes in India.”

The University of Akron’s IP Law program is consistently recognized as a Top School for IP Law by preLaw Magazine. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report listed The University of Akron Law in its 2021 rankings list.

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