About Mrs. Justice Prabha Shidevan
Previously a Judge of the High Court of Madras, Mrs. Justice Prabha Shidevan was elevated to
the High Court Bench in March 2000. Smt. Justice Prabha Sridevan has given judgments in
several important cases such as Yahoo v. Controller & Rediff, Tata v. Unilever and Financial
Times v. Times Publishing House. Justice Sridevan is also a member of the International
Association of Women Judges (IAWJ). During her time as a Madras High Court judge, Justice
Prabha Sridevan made important steps for women's rights in many landmark judgments,
including a judgment legitimizing women's work as home makers and a judgment on mandatory
marriage registration. Another noteworthy case was The Da Vinci Code case, where the Court
removed the ban on The Da Vinci Code movie, ensuring continued Freedom of Expression. She
has also written a number of articles for The Hindu, which speaks for women's rights and the
role of judges in promoting women's rights. In 2012, Justice Prabha Sridevan was named one of
the fifty Most Influential People in the IP World by Managing IP.
The Hon'ble Smt. Justice Prabha Shidevan held the position of Chairpersonship of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) from 2011 - 2013.