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Renowned legal expert Shamnad Basheer passed away on Thursday 8 August 2019. He was an Indian legal scholar and founder of the blog SpicyIP. He was also the founder of IDIA, a trust which works on making legal education accessible for underprivileged students. Let us have a look at some of the notable things in his life.
Basheer was the founder and managing trustee of Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access or IDIA, a body which aims at bringing legal awareness to the underprivileged. He also set up one of the most popular intellectual property blogs in the country, SpicyIP.
With countless feathers in his cap, Basheer in 2012, was the Minister of Human Resources and Development’s chair professor for intellectual property. He led a first-of-its-kind academic intervention in the landmark Novartis-Gleevec patent hearing at the Supreme Court.
Shamnad came into the limelight when he argued the case of the Swiss drugmaker Novartis, who had approached the Supreme Court after having been turned down a patent for the cancer medicine Gleevec which is sold by generic drug makers in India at a very low price, legally India had reported then. Novartis was attempting to sell it at a distinct twentyfold markup. Basheer, as academic intervenor-amicus, had argued before a two-judge bench on the case which resulted in the apex court not allowing Novartis its patent in India.
Basheer graduated from the National Law School of India University at Bengaluru and then went on to continue his education at Oxford University, where he completed his DPhil.
He also explored the field of writing and for The Wire, Basheer wrote on the complicated connections between the Aadhaar and the compromise of basic human privacy.
Shamnad Basheer is the only Indian to have been appointed to the intellectual property global advisory council of the World Economic Forum. In 2014, he was awarded the Infosys Science Foundation Prize for his contribution to the field of research in humanities. Some of his most famous achievements are as follows:
Our prayers are with the family members of the respected Shamnad Basheer and may his soul rest in peace.