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Ananth Padmanabhan
Visiting Faculty of Law

Ananth Padmanabhan is a visiting fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. Over the past few years, he has critically examined the policy implications of a wide range of technologies and solutions including digital identities, block-chain, civilian drones, gene editing, and electric mobility, with special focus on ease of innovating in India. His chapter on Big Data in a new volume on Regulation in India: Design, Capacity, Performance (Hart Publishing, 2019), is part of a continuing initiative to examine the public law and regulatory dimensions of new technologies. It builds on his understanding of the Indian State and the Supreme Court within the constitutional context, explored through chapters in Rethinking Public Institutions in India (OUP, 2017), and the Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (OUP, 2016). He engages in broader public conversations on the impact of technology through his opinion pieces in The Print, Livemint, Indian Express, and other print / news media.

Previously, Padmanabhan was at Sai University as Dean of the School of Law, Dean of Academic Affairs, Dean of the Daksha Fellowship, and Associate Professor of Law. Also, he worked with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, New Delhi, starting their technology policy research initiatives in India and the Global Technology Summit in Bengaluru, an annual forum for stakeholder conversations on technology policy. He has practiced law in the Madras High Court and has taught at several institutions including the National Law University, Jodhpur, and the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. He holds doctoral and masters degree in law from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.


  • SJD – University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • LL.M – University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia
  • B.A LL.B (Hons.) – National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Research interests

  • Technology Policy
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Innovation Scholarship

Major Works

  • Author, Intellectual Property Rights: Infringement and Remedies (LexisNexis, 2012), which examines the scope and nature of rights under the rubric of trade marks, copyright, patents, and other IPRs, the defining situations when they are considered as being infringed upon, and the evolving remedies crafted by courts to redress such infringements
  • Co-editor, India as a Pioneer of Innovation (OUP, 2017), a volume  that discusses how traditional notions of innovation have been reshaped in the Indian context, in such diverse fields as business, health, policy, entertainment, and the informal economy.
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