• B.Sc., (Life Sciences), University of Mysore
  • LL.B, University of Mysore
  • LL.M, (International Law & Jurisprudence)
  • M.A. (Political Science and Public Administration), Karnatak University
  • PGDCAC: Post-Graduate Diploma in Criminology and Administration of Criminal Justice, Annamalai University
  • Ph. D (Legal Protection of Well known Trade Marks), University of Mysore


Prof. Ramakrishna has been teaching at the National Law School since 2002. His academic interests include Law of Intellectual Property Rights undertaking research on various emerging areas in the field of copyright, Patents, Trademarks, and Geographical Indications in particular and other Intellectual Property rights. His expertise is on the subjects of Law of Copyrights, Law of Patents, Law of Trademarks, Geographical Indications, Law of Evidence and International IPR regime.

At NLSIU, he heads the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights Research and Advocacy (CIPRA) and is the Chair Professor of the MHRD Chair on IPR. He has also been a member of the Post Graduate Council and the Library Committee.

Research Activities

Prof. Ramakrishna has been a part of the following projects and activities:

  1. Justice Malimath committee on Reforms to the Criminal Justice system. Key responsibilities included extensive research on the
    – Classification of crimes
    -Criminal justice system in selected jurisdictions –covering both common law as well as continental systems.
    -‘Burden of Proof’ and ‘Standard of proof’
    -Research work undertaken and report submitted to the Committee.
  2. Project on ‘Globalization and the International Governance of Modern Biotechnology’. Prepared and submitted a Policy Paper titled “The policy formulation process for an IPR regime for agricultural biotechnology in India”. This report is part of larger study on the implication of ‘Globalization and the International Governance of Modern Biotechnology’ organized by ‘Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development’ (FIELD) of UK and funded by the UK Department of International Development (DfID).
  3. IUCN PROJECT: working on a project sponsored by IUCN, Bonn, on “Intellectual Property Strategies for a successful Biotech Industry”
  4. Worked with Government of Karnataka, Labour Department on policy relating to child labour—series of training programs for the “inspectors” in different districts of Karnataka was undertaken. [1999-2001]
  5. Closely associated with the Karnataka Police Academy, Government of Karnataka in preparing the course outline for the training of probationary Police officers/Investigative officers.
  6. WHO-GOVERNMENT OF INDIA PROJECT: [Ministry of Health and Family Welfare]: working on a project “IMPACT OF OFFSHORING OF CLINICAL TRIALS TO India”. A survey of all Clinical Research Organisations in India and their data management strategies, and extent of data protection laws in India are being examined.
  7. Ministry of HRD “Traditional Knowledge protection”: Working on drafting of legislation for the protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expression.
  8. WIPRO, BANGALORE: developing a training module for the employees of the organization on issues relating to DATA PROTECTION, and other IPRs.
  9. Working with Dr. Chari, K.S, Registrar of the Registry of Semiconductor Chips and Integrated Circuits on the Legal issues relating to registration of Lay out design for Integrated Circuits
  10. Conducted the meeting of Chairpersons and coordinators of the IPR Chairs on curriculum development in IPR for the training programs, Undergraduates, Postgraduates, technical institutions, and for LL.B and LL.M In the capacity as the chairman of the committee, submitted a report detailing the curriculum for training programs, undergraduate courses and postgraduate courses, technical institutions. [18th and 19th August 2004]
  11. Worked as a member of the PSRG, on a project relating to “Brain mapping as a tool in the criminal investigation” Sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology to Karnataka Forensic Laboratory, Banglore. The final report on the use of the Technology for effective investigative purpose has been submitted to the Ministry.
  12. Completed research and submitted the project report under the “Biodivalloc Project on “Geographical Indications and Trademark” to CIRAD, France in 2008.
  13. Worked as member of the Committee on Intellectual Property Rights constituted by University Grants Commission, New Delhi and participated in preparation of “Guidelines for IPR Policies in the Universities”.

View the list of his selected presentations & activities here.