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Fun Fact: Chapter 1 of Mrinalini’s thesis inspired the logo of SIRN – the drum-like symbol representing infinity… and sustainability. 

Intellectual property (IP) protection regimes aim to avoid market failures associated with public goods and free riding on the one hand, and those associated with over protection on the other. In this article, Dr. Mrinalini Kochupillai revisits the market failure theory in the context of plant variety protection (PVP) regimes, with specific reference to the Indian regime in comparison with UPOV 1991. The article, titled “Is UPOV 1991 a good fit for developing countries” is published by Edward Elgar in the book titled “The Innovation Society and Intellectual Property” edited by Josef Drexl and Anselm Kamperman Sanders.

This is where it all started… Mrinalini Kochupillai’s Ph.D. thesis, titled “Promoting Sustainable Innovations in Plant Varieties” submitted to the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.  Awarded a Summa cum Laude, the research and recommendations of the Ph.D. were carried forward through collaborative research and impact acceleration projects with the University of Leeds and the Art of Living Foundation see

Our team member Julia Köninger just completed her Master’s thesis with a very high grade!, titled: “…. ” It discussed the scientific basis of the ‘Natural Farming’ movement in India. Link: 

Our Founder-Director, Dr. Mrinalini Kochupillai teams up with Prof. Johannes Brinkmann for this article, titled “Law, Business and Legitimacy” recently published by Springer Nature in the “Handbook of Business Legitimacy” edited by Jacob Dahl Rendtorff