Asst. Prof. Yogesh Pai specializes in intellectual property (IP) law and has cross-cutting research interests at the interface of IP with competition, trade and economic policy. He is currently the Co-Director of Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC) at National Law University Delhi. Yogesh is the Thomas Edison Fellow (2017-18) at the George Mason University, Washington D.C.
Before joining NLU, Delhi, Yogesh was coordinator of the Ministry of Human Resource Development Chair on IPR at NLU, Jodhpur. He was also the faculty-in-charge of ‘Trade Law and Development’ rated among the top in the international trade worldwide. His international work experience (between 2007 and 2008) involved working with the South Centre, Geneva. He has previously worked with Centad, New Delhi, and also taught as a guest faculty at Indian Law Institute, New Delhi.
In the fall of 2012, Yogesh visited the School of Law, University of Washington as the Asian Law Centre short-term Visiting Scholar. Yogesh is on the roster of consultants with the World Trade Organisation for Regional Trade Policy Courses (RTPC) and a Tutor with the WIPO Academy Distance Learning Programme. He was selected to attend the WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property-2012 in Geneva. Yogesh has been a speaker on intellectual property issues on different occasions in India and abroad. Among his distinguished academic paper presentations were at the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference (New York 2017); ACRIALA – IPSA, Singapore Management University (2016, 2017); Centre for Asian Legal Studies, NUS, Singapore (2015); ENAPID VI- Salvador, Brazil (2014); Society of International Economic Law, Singapore (2012) and Bern (2014); American Society of International Law- International Economic Law Interest Group Biennial Conference, Washington DC (December, 2012); Asian Society of International Economic Law, Seoul, Korea (2013), ASLI Conference Bangalore (2013) and Kuala Lumpur (2014)), and at the Department of International Development, University of Oxford (2008). Yogesh has published in national and international peer-reviewed/ referenced journals like Oxford Journal of Antitrust Enforcement; Journal of World Intellectual Property (JWIP); Journal of Indian Law Institute, Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, Journal of Indian Society of International Law, NUJS Law Review, Indian Journal of International Law, Jindal Global Law Review etc. He has book chapters published with Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Edward Elgar and Springer.
In 2013, Yogesh was nominated as a legal member in a committee constituted by the Ministry of Health, Government of India, for invoking provisions of compulsory licensing under the Patents Act, 1970, in the context of affordable healthcare. Yogesh was also the member of an expert committee constituted by the Ministry of Commerce to study the need for utility models in India (2013). He was also part of the Committee for Evaluation and Continuation of the Scheme of Promotion of Copyright and IPR Beyond the 12th Five Year Plan (2012- 2017) constituted by the DIPP, Ministry of Commerce. Yogesh is currently finishing Ph.D. in law (part-time), where he is studying regulation of standards-essential patents. Yogesh is also interested in reforms in Indian legal education.