Pravin Anand writes about how writ petitions in India have radically influenced the administration of intellectual property rights by becoming a powerful tool.
India’s Supreme Court and its various high courts are constitutionally empowered to judicially review executive actions through their special writ jurisdictions. The writ jurisdictions enable these courts to ensure that the rule of law permeates all state actions. This is a powerful tool which not only allows the courts to correct grave errors in the administration of laws, but also enables stakeholders to bring about necessary systemic reforms. The writ courts in India have had an inordinate influence on the administration of intellectual property (IP) laws in India through a series of cases.
This article was published in India Business Law Journal May 2015.