SpicyIP tidbit: Weavers getting ‘G.I ‘savvy


Indicative of the growing awareness amidst the stakeholders of their respective IPR rights,the weavers of Gopalpur are seeking protection for the Tussar weave. The Statesmen whilst promptly reporting on the proactive initiatives of the weavers, nevertheless continue to with the ‘conflation’ saga. (We at SpicyIP did our best to correct the erroneous usage of terms during the yoga controversy) ‘The weavers of Gopalpur in Jajpur district have demanded patentry of their handloom products, made of tussar fabric.At a workshop, jointly…


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SpicyIP:The Ponni Poach


The ‘Ponni’ Rice,considered as the grain of the masses in South India is the hot topic of a current cross border IPR controversy. The Ponni has come under siege, with the Malaysian Commodities giant Syarikat Faiza having acquired the trademark rights for this grain under the Malaysian Trademark Act.To add insult to injury this right also entitles Faiza to package and market varieties that closely resemble the attributes of the Ponni grain. Syarikat Faiza Sdn Bhd, which imports Sona Masoori…


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Patent

SpicyIP Tidbit: Infy bags two Patents at the USPTO


A Press Release from Infy Newsroom states: Infosys Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:INFY) today announced that it has been granted two patents by the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. These patents are in the areas of holography and mobile communications. Commenting on the occasion, Subu Goparaju, Head – SETLabs said, “Innovation is imperative for growth. We are fostering a culture of innovation and investing in research through SETLabs – Infosys’ Research Group. We set up an Intellectual Property (IP) cell in…


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SpicyIP Tidbit:KeralaGovernment approves IPR Policy


Living up to its reputation as an IPR savvy state,Kerala once again has taken the lead in formulating a State IPR policy aimed at protecting Traditional Knowledge and allied inventions Excerpts from the Hindu: Kerala Government on Saturday approved a state-specific Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy seeking to protect traditional knowledge and inventions. Disclosing this after a Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan claimed that Kerala was the first state in the country to bring out such a policy….


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Biological Diversity

SpicyIP: Roundup of the Convention on Biological Diversity Summit


The Convention of the Biological DiversitySummit was held in Bonn, Germany between the 19th to the 30th of May. Coinciding with the World Biodiversity day on the 22nd of May, the Summit was attended by by the supremo uno’s of the CBD world and key government negotiators. The summit could well go down as a watershed event in the annals of CBD history. Laudable milestones and significant breakthroughs in the IP agenda pertaining to key issues sullying the CBD in…


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SpicyIP Jobs


We have a few positions open for legal professionals with relevant IP experience. For those of you seeking to access ‘SpicyIP Jobs’ on our blog site to check on current and past listings, please find instructions as below. Go to the SpicyIP homepage. On the left hand side of the page, you will find a list of sub headings. Click on the title ‘SpicyIP Jobs’. This will take you to the posts related to the jobs listed on our blogs…


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SpicyIP tidbit:Nalsar moves to Number one slot


In a recent survey conducted by the Indian Today publication, the Hyderabad based National National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad has emerged as the top law school of the country. Ranked No. 2 for the last two years, NALSAR has finally toppled the formidable National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, from the numero uno position it had been occupying for several years. Their distinction is reflective of the learning ethos at NALSAR,…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Orissa follows the G.I trend


The G.I awareness is catching on. The latest to join the fray is the State of Orissa. Efforts are underway to protect the geographical identity and exclusivity of the Mudhi (puffed rice) of Mayurbhanj ; the ‘Moong’ bean of Nayagarh and the ‘Urad’ bean grown in the plateaus of Malkanagiri and Keonjhar districts, crops native to the Orissa state. Intellectually Property Right (IPR) Cell of Orissa University of Agriculture Technology (OUAT) has now decided to to seek Geographical Indications (GI)…


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Patent

SpicyIP:As you sow ,so you reap!


IP, Climate Crisis and Food Security. ‘We have arrived at an ‘Era of Consequences’-the take home message from Al Gores’ documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’With Global Warming and climate crisis as the central theme of the film, it succinctly weaves in narrative and event the ensuing planetary emergency and the ominous consequences these issues portend for mankind.‘Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world’s scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert…


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Spicy IP: The Pelargonium Patents case.


In what could prove to be a landmark victory to indigenous communities and holders of TK worldwide , a South African community is all set to launch a a patent war against the German drug maker Schwabe Pharmaceuticals for alleged biopiracy of its TM. This case popularly titled as the ‘Pelargonium Patent case’ has South African lawyers and environmentalists taking on Schwabe Pharmaceuticals at the EU patent office in Germany this week. The Alice community, living in the Eastern Cape…


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