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Aparajita Lath

Aparajita graduated from the WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. She was formerly an editor of the NUJS Law Review. She is a lawyer based in Bangalore. All views expressed by her on the blog are her personal views.

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SpicyIP Weekly Review (February Week 4)


SpicyIP Posts   Image from here. SpicyIP saw a truly ‘global’ week with posts covering deeply Indian issues like Ayurveda and modern drugs, trademarks on Indian Gods, poorly written decisions of the Indian Patent Office to international issues like the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement and alleged DCMA violations. The week started off with an informative and comprehensive guest post by Priyanka Pulla on problems that arise in developing modern drugs from Ayurveda (here). The fact that only few modern medicines have emerged…


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The ‘Global’ Fund being criticized


The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was created in 2002 in order to attract, manage and disburse resources to fight these three deadly diseases across the world. Since its inception, as reported, the Global Fund has supported more than 1,000 programs in 151 countries, providing AIDS treatment for 4.2 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 9.7 million people and 310 million insecticide-treated nets for the prevention of malaria. It has also become the main multilateral funder in global…


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The 19 year war- Financial Times Ltd. v Times Publishing House: Before the Supreme Court


The saga between Financial Times Ltd. (FTL) and Times Publishing House continues with the Supreme Court hearing the case for the first time in 19 years. As reported by the Mint, FTL filed a Special Leave Petition before the Supreme Court in 2011. The SLP was filed in order to obtain an adjournment of the appeal proceedings in the Karnataka High Court in connection with its ongoing trademark battle with Times Publishing House. In order to provide context, please read…


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Faking it! Indian Companies using IKEA’s trademarks


 Though India’s foreign investment agency approved IKEA’s entry into India, new ‘trademarked’ obstacles await IKEA. As business standard reports, IKEA is now facing trademark related challenges. It was reported that three registered Indian companies are currently using IKEA’s brand name. The three companies mentioned in the report are – 1. IKEA Home Décor Private Limited (which, as the report states, has a registered trademark), 2. IKEA Constructions Private Limited and 3. IKEA Furniture Private Limited. Of the three, as reported,…


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Part II: Digitization- Growth trends of the Film and Television Industry: comparative analysis


Contrary to the fears of digitization viewed as the harbinger of doom to the film industry, the global film industry is intact and continues to churn out thousands of films annually. The report stated UNESCO’s finding of increase in feature film production from around 5,600 films in 2005 to 7,200 in 2009 and recorded a total of 31,519 feature films produced globally between 2005 and 2009.[1] Regionally, the US produced around 700 films both in 2005 and 2009, Germany produced…


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Part I: Digitization of content: a comparative analysis of growth trends in the music, film and television industries.


This post consists of two parts. Both parts examine the impact of digitization on the entertainment industry. The first part analyzes the growth patterns of the music industry (international as well as domestic). The second part analyzes the growth trends of the international and domestic, film and television industry. The conclusion seeks to show that inspite of digitization the entertainment industry is doing well in terms of output, revenues and creativity. Across the globe policy makers are coming to terms…


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