News on ‘intellectual property’ from Parliament

The much anticipated debate on the Copyright Amendment Bill, 2010 had to be postponed till tomorrow on account of Minister Sibal not being present when the Bill was called out today. The Chairperson has scheduled the debate for tomorrow.

The Minister for Law & Justice, Mr. Salmand Khurshid however initiated a discussion, today, on ‘The Commercial Division of High Courts Bill, 2009’. This debate will continue tomorrow. Interestingly the very first intervention made by the Leader of the Opposition Mr. Arun Jaitely was with regard to the valuation of IP disputes under this Bill with relation to the court-fees payable. Mr. Jaitely was one of the leading senior advocates in Delhi before he became the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and has extensive experience in IP cases.

In other news the Minister of State for the DIPP has laid before the Lok Sabha, the Patents (Appeals and Applications to the Intellectual Property Appellate Board) Rules, 2011. We had posted an earlier draft of these rules on our website available over here. Surprisingly the final rules are not available on the website of either the DIPP or the IPAB. The Lok Sabha was also scheduled to debate the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research Bill, 2011 today.

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