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Professor Ragavan Teaches in India on Fulbright Grant

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Evie Holzer, eholzer@ou.edu

BANGALORE, INDIA - University of Oklahoma College of Law Professor Srividhya Ragavan is working with the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bangalore, India, from January to July, 2012, on a Fulbright grant.

The NLSIU is the highest ranked law school in the country and admits students into its five-year integrated law program based on an admissions test.  In addition to teaching classes on intellectual property issues particularly relating to international trade and sustainable development, Ragavan will assist the NLSIU to strengthen the curriculum and outreach for its intellectual property programs. Ragavan will also be working with the University of Washington at Seattle to educate Indian intellectual property professors on new perspectives in teaching intellectual property rights.

“India is a relatively new member to the World Trade Organization and continues to work on the process of establishing a vibrant intellectual property regime,” Ragavan said. “As the transition continues, Indian universities are seeking out experts in intellectual property rights with awareness of third-world issues.
 
“During the tenure of Dean Coats, I assisted in the law school signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the NLSIU as well as the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR ), Hyderabad.  I am hopeful that my current tenure in India will result in additional long-term collaborations.”

At OU Law, Ragavan teaches intellectual property survey, patent law, trademarks law and international intellectual property law. Ragavan has spoken at numerous conferences and is well-published in and on India. She is authoring a book titled Patents and Trade Disparities in Developing Countries, which will be published by the Oxford University Press in the fall of 2012. Ragavan is also an active member of the various intellectual property communities and organizations in the United States as well as in India.
 
Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program serves as a vehicle for promoting mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright alumni include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, senators and governors, prime ministers and heads of state, ambassadors, scientists, artists, Supreme Court Justices and corporate CEOs. The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars in Washington, D.C. It is primarily funded by an annual congressional appropriation. Additional funding comes from participating governments, host institutions and private organizations in the U.S. and abroad.