NLIU Journal of Intellectual Property

Cell for Studies in Intellectual Property Rights (CSIPR) is a dedicated student body of the National Law Institute University, Bhopal, which aims at creating awareness and discussion in the field of Intellectual Property Laws.

The NLIU Journal of Intellectual Property Law is the annual publication of CSIPR. Inaugurated in 2012, the Journal has since published various successful editions. It aims to create meaningful debate and discourse to help build a fair and equitable regime of Intellectual Property Law and to study the dynamic confluence of the academic and the transactional world presented by the Intellectual Property Laws.

The Journal has published articles by academicians, lawyers and law students from across the world and seeks to expand its reach even further through its successive editions.

The Journal accepts submissions on a rolling basis.

Submission Guidelines for Journal


a. The submissions should be original and unpublished. b. Co-authorship is permissible up to 2 authors per submission. c. Name of the author should not be mentioned throughout the article, except in the cover letter. d. Submission should be accompanied by an Abstract of not more than 300 words. Important: The Author must categorically mention the specific contribution of the Article, beyond the existing available literature, AND the practical utility of his/her recommendations, in the Abstract.

2. WORD LIMIT (Inclusive of Footnotes)

a. Articles: 7,000 – 10,000 words. It must be a comprehensive and in depth analysis of the problem(s) dealt with, including reference to a wide range of sources and contributions in the form of alternatives or suggestions from the author. b. Comments: 4,000 – 5,000 words. Comments must deal with a specific issue. The arguments for or against the existing set up must be concrete, relevant and precise. c. Case Notes: 4,000 – 5,000 words. It should be a comment on a recent judgment, bringing out the relevance with the development of IPR laws, views expressed in the judgment and the opinion(s) of the author. d. Book Review: 3,000 – 4,000 words. The review must be a crisp account of a recently published book including the issues explored and related arguments of the author.


a. Title: Times New Roman, 12 points, 1.5 line spacing, Small Caps, Bold, Underlined, Centre Aligned b. Abstract: Times New Roman, 11 points, Single line spacing, Italics, Justified, Indentation 1 inch on either sides c. Heading Level 1: Times New Roman, 12 points, 1.5 line spacing, Small Caps, Bold, Centre Align d. Heading Level 2: Times New Roman, 12 points, 1.5 line spacing, Capitalize each word, Italics, Left Align e. Heading Level 3: Times New Roman, 12 points, 1.5 line spacing, Capitalize Each Word, Left Align f. Main Body: Times New Roman, 11 points, 1.15 line spacing, Justified, 1 inch margins on all sides g. Footnotes: Times New Roman, 9 points, 1 line spacing, left aligned


a. Citations must be by way of footnoting in consonance with the Bluebook: (19th ed.). b. Speaking footnotes are permissible.


The cover letter must consists of the following details: a. Name of the author(s). b. Contact Details – Address and Mobile Number. c. Name and Address of Institution. d. Course currently being pursued/ Academic Qualifications. NOTE: This year onward, the Journal will accept manuscripts on a rolling basis. Contributors must fill a declaration form and send it with their submissions. To download the form, click here: declaration form DISCLAIMER: NLIU reserves the right to modify the abovementioned guidelines if the need arises.