SpicyIP has come a long way since its inception in 2005. While pursuing the objectives of improving the quality and accuracy of IP reporting in India, increasing transparency in Indian intellectual property rights policies and institutions and fostering the growth and creation of a wider meritocratic IP profession in the country, the blog has earned recognition world-over. The enthusiastic, sincere and dedicated participation of the team of bloggers as well as readers of the blog has resulted in SpicyIP emerging as one of the leading repository of IP law for India.
From making it to the front pages of leading Indian newspapers to regularly and successfully running campaigns for increasing transparency, SpicyIP has received accolades in abundance.
Some of the significant achievements are:
- SpicyIP has been included in Managing IP’s annual selection of top 50 who are shaping the future of Intellectual Property in 2014 as well as in 2011.
- SpicyIP has been listed as the 8th most popular IP/IT blog in the world by Barry Sookman. It is the only Indian IP/IT blog to make it to this list.
- Nobel Laureate Prof. Amartya Sen too has appreciated the blog for breaking down IP issues into accessible language, yet not losing its delicate nuances.
- SpicyIP has been included by Lexis Nexis, the leading global legal publisher, as a top IP resource from India.
- SpicyIP has been included as a top IP resource by the US Library of Congress.
- SpicyIP has been included as a top patent blog in the ABA listings of blogs.
- SpicyIP is constantly quoted as a leading resource on IP in India by many sources. Illustratively, it was featured in an article titled ‘Bloggers drive India’s IP Regime’ in the Business World, a leading business newspaper from India.
“…. As the [Indian] government went into a tizzy over reports that some yoga postures had been patented in the US, he [Shamnad Basheer] cleared the air by writing on his spicyipindia.blogspot.com that actually they were just some yoga accessories. These are just two instances of how bloggers are contributing to India’s transition to the new patent regime…”
- SpicyIP posts are regularly picked up by other media sources and blogs. The IPkat, a leading IP blog from the UK notes:
“The exciting and well -informed Spicy IP blog is one of the best things to have come out of India in a long time. It has a strong team of writers and a wealth of lively and controversial subject-matter to discuss.”
- SpicyIP regularly runs campaigns to increase transparency in Indian IP law and policy. In 2007, it petitioned the Prime Minister of India to have an online database of patents. The petition alleged that such a database would aid in the more transparent functioning of the Indian Patent Office, and help make it more accountable. This petition garnered more than 300 signatures. The Government of India responded by stating that a database would be ready by the year 2009. This campaign ended successful with the launch of various online IP databases that are now used frequently by the Indian IP community. IP Watch, a reputed international IP publication reported as below:
“IP law blog (“blawg”) Spicy IP has sent a petition to the India Patent Office (IPO). Citing India’s status as an information technology leader and its emerging role as a patent “trendsetter” for the developing world, the petition calls on the IPO to “create a comprehensive database” of patents, including full specifications and claims. It also asked that the IPO to “upload patent office decisions,” which are currently confidential, in order to foster transparency and public accountability.”
- The blog exposed the non-transparent manner in which the Indian Government sought to introduce a Bayh Dole style legislation. Here again, the popular media picked up this story. With increasing media pressure, the government made this bill public. As one can appreciate, the blog enables public discussion of IP developments in the country.
- The blog also sought to expose a case which suggested high level collusion between the patent office and a patent applicant. This blog reporting caused an internal investigation at the patent office. A leading newspaper in India, Mint picked up on this and reported that:
“SpicyIP, run by a team of patent experts worldwide, in a recent blog had highlighted that “HUL’s allegations, if proven true, will put the patent office in a spot, as the facts suggest a high level of collusion between the office and Eureka Forbes.”