UNION BUDGET-2021: From Recovery to Rapid Growth

In association with Keiretsu Forum, Fox Mandal is organizing an event to deliberate on impact of Union Budget-2021. Apart from Budget analysis from the direct and indirect tax perspective, the event would also have a panel discussion focusing on Startups and early-stage investments.

Speakers: Denny Kurien, Jaijit Bhatacharya, Ganesh Shenoy, Pramod Banthia, Sandip Mukherjee, Gopala Rao


Post Budget Analysis with CII Telangana

The panelists decode the union budget 2021-22 and highlight the implications, summarizing the key themes and deep diving into tax and other policy announcements.

Panelists from Fox Mandal:

  • Sandip Mukherjee – Director, International Tax
  • Pramod Banthia – Director, Indirect Tax
  • Purnima Kamble – Partner, Fox Mandal
  • G.V. Gopala Rao – Director, Tax




Covid-19 vaccines: Patent Rights Vs. Public Interest

The recent pandemic has reignited the long-debated issue of Patent Rights Vs. Public Interest. We all have been deliberating on whether Patent rights are Public rights or Private rights – perhaps now is the time to decide.

Considering the lightning speed at which Pharma companies around the globe have responded with the development of a vaccine, they have surely earned the right to demand for rewards for such a hard work.

Generally, where a Vaccine takes years to develop before it is made available to the public, here, this has been achieved (almost) within months through unparalleled hard work.

This discussion is around the Patent rights available to the Pharma companies to reap the benefits of hard work and investment vs. public rights to get access to the life-saving vaccines at affordable rates. What is right vs. what is ethical?

The big question here is, whether the respective Govts step in to intervene in fixing the price (affordable) of vaccines once it is available, or would it be unjust and unfair for the Pharma companies and they deserve the return for their investment?

Further, how would the Govt intervention pan out in the long run considering the deterrent effect it might have in future in similar situations? It is a debate of heart vs mind, humanity vs. business, right vs. ethics.

Speakers: Santosh Vikram Singh + Outside Panelists


The Future of Protecting Generic Terms: Post case came to limelight on June 30, 2020 when the US Supreme Court gave it’s ruling in favour of the Company allowing the mark to be registered with the USPTO.

Even though this mark has been registered in most of the prominent jurisdictions without much trouble and perhaps no one heard of it but the matter became a hot topic only after the US Supreme Court ruling.

Speakers: Santosh Vikram Singh + Outside Panelists