Dr. 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. Yogesh is the Co-Director of Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC) at National Law University Delhi. He is also in-charge of the IPR Chair at NLU Delhi established by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.
Yogesh was the Thomas Edison Fellow (2017-18) at the George Mason University, Washington D.C. 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. Yogesh serves on the Editorial Board of the WIPO-WTO Teachers Colloquium Annual Research Papers.
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 CODAIP, Brazil (2020), 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, Jindal Global Law Review etc. He has book chapters published with Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Edward Elgar, Kluwer International (BV) 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 has a PhD from the Inter-University Centre for IPR Studies, CUSAT, Kochi, in the area of Regulation of Standard-Essential Patents in India.
Before joining NLU, Delhi, Yogesh was an assistant professor and coordinator of the Ministry of Human Resource Development Chair on IPR at NLU, Jodhpur. 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. He has taught at NLSIU Bangalore as a visiting faculty.