Others

SpicyIP Weekly Review (September 10-16)


Thematic Highlight In his guest post, Adarsh Ramanujan argued that there is a hidden indictment of the Aadhar Act in the Justice Sri Krishna Committee Report and its proposal for the Personal Data Protection Bill 2018. He argues that the proposal’s suggestions to make UIDAI’s functioning subject to the proposed Bill, mandating an online-offline verification split and amend Section 29 of the Aadhar Act all indicate that the Report identifies Aadhar as a problem in the data protection regime. Topical…


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Patent

Bombay HC Addresses Ambiguity in the Patent Agent Examination


The Bombay HC recently delivered an order dealing with certain objections raised against the Patent Agent Examination, 2016. In their decision, they interpreted the Supreme Court’s decision in Kanpur University v. Samir Gupta (“Kanpur University”). This post examines the questions which arise due to the Court’s interpretation and application of this decision. The Question in Issue The Petitioner (a candidate who appeared for the said Examination) raised contentions regarding the answer options of a multiple choice question in the Examination…


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Privacy

Is There a Hidden Indictment of the Aadhaar in the Justice Sri Krishna Committee Report?


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Adarsh Ramanujan. Adarsh is an advocate primarily assisting clients as a litigation attorney. He has recently started his own counsel practice with offices in Delhi and Chennai after having spent consideraaadble time with Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan at their New Delhi and Geneva offices. He obtained his B.Sc. LL.B. (Hons.) degree (Gold Medalist) from National Law University, Jodhpur  and LL.M. degree from University of California, Berkeley. He is a qualified Patent Agent…


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Copyright

Petition Filed in Supreme Court to Challenge Constitutionality of Provisions on Compulsory and Statutory Licensing in the Copyright Act


In a notable development, Lahari Recording Company has challenged two provisions of the Copyright Act, 1957 (“Act”) in the Supreme Court. The gravamen of Lahari’s case is that the impugned provisions infringe their fundamental and constitutional rights and fundamentally alter the bargain that the copyright system is founded upon, by taking away the incentive for copyright owners to create original content. At issue are Sections 31(1)(b) and 31D of the Act. While the former puts in place a system of…


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Others

SpicyIP Weekly Review (September 3-9)


Thematic Highlight  In Prashant’s latest update on the bedaquiline  controversy, he discusses about how The Hindu’s science editor pitched for increasing access to bedaquiline to treat MDR-TB. In response to this, he reiterates his argument in earlier posts: Since Phase III trials for the drug has not been conducted yet, regulatory approval for the same should not be given. In the latter part of his post, he points out that journalists have not addressed the government’s scandalous consent forms for providing…


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Drug Regulation

Yet Another Journalist Pitches for Ramping Up Access to Bedaquiline before Phase III Trials, Without a Mention of the Flawed Consent Forms


In a column published on September 4, 2018 the Hindu’s science editor R. Prasad has explained why India should ramp up access to bedaquiline to treat MDR-TB. Unlike most of the other cheerleaders for bedaquiline, Prasad thankfully points out that the drug demonstrated higher cardiotoxicity and that Phase IIb trials experienced more deaths and that the Phase III trials are yet to be completed. He however concludes that the recent revision of the WHO treatment guidelines on bedaquiline, that was…


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Events

SpicyIP Events: CUSAT’s 6th Annual ‘Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights’ Workshop 2019 [Kochi, January 18-20, 2019]


We are pleased to announce that Inter University Centre for IPR Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is organising the sixth annual ‘Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights’ workshop on the theme ‘Intellectual Property Rights and Competition: A Social Perspective’ for law students and students of other disciplines interested in this area (under graduates, post graduates and research scholars). The programme is scheduled to be held from January 18-20, 2019. For further details, please read below: Objectives of the Annual Workshop…


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Trademark

“Drugs Are Not Sweets” – Bombay HC Imposes Exemplary Costs for Pharma Trademark Infringement


In Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. vs. Curetech Skincare and Anr., Mr. Justice Kathawalla of the Bombay High Court imposed costs of 1.5 crores against the defendant found to be ‘habitually’ committing trademark infringement of pharmaceutical products. The decision is significant for the quantum of damages awarded and the reasoning (or lack thereof) behind the award of exemplary costs. Brief Background The dispute concerns Mumbai-based generics manufacturer Glenmark, and its product Candid – B (an anti-fungal cream). The principal defendant is Galpha…


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Events

SpicyIP Events: First IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia Conference [Kuala Lumpur; Jan 31-Feb 1, 2019]


We’re pleased to announce that the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia, the WIPO Academy, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), Texas A&M University School of Law, and the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva are co-organizing the First IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia Conference, which will be held on 31 January – 1 February 2019 at the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur,…


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Drug Regulation Patent

IPO Grants Patent to Brodalumab


Last week, our IPO granted a patent to Amgen covering the drug Broadlumab.  Brodalumab is a human monoclonal antibody designed for the treatment of inflammatory diseases including psoriasis  In the United States, Broadlumab is known as Siliq and in Europe it is Kyntheum. The application for Broadalumab was filed as a PCT application – PCT/US2007/021174 (click here to see the page on WIPO – Patentscope) and was accorded application number: 2350/CHENP/2007. One can see the entire file on this link – https://www.quickcompany.in/patents/il-17-receiptor-a-antigen-binding-proteins Sandeep Rathod –…


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