Geographical Indication

G.Is’ as a tool towards Socio-Economic Development


  The session of the WTO Council for Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights convened (TRIPS), on the 23-24th of October saw the group of least-developed countries come out in support of a proposal to amend TRIPS rules to require patent applicants to disclose the origin of genetic resources or traditional knowledge used in their inventions. Also widely discussed was the application of IPRs and more specifically the potential of employing the G.I right’ as a tool for advancing socio-economic…


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Spicyip Tidbits


1. IndiaFalls Five Places in the Global Economic Forum India has fallen five notches in the latest annual rankings of the Global Competitiveness Report released by the World Economic Forum. India was placed 48 in the list of 131 economies covered under the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) which tracks twelve parameters to come out with the rankings. Among the top emerging markets, India is second this year behind China. The quality of the business environment in India has improved tangibly…


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IP and Traditional Medicine.


The lush flora in the State of Karnataka, besides providing the calming green to the eye, offers a manna of medicinal and therapeutic prescriptions. Popularly hailed as the Garden City of India, Bangalore the State Capital of Karnataka has woken up to the fact that the vegetation in the forests of the Western Ghats region of the State has great potential in contributing to the burgeoning Indian Traditional Medicine(TM) and Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) industry, now fast gaining ground on the…


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Patent

Peer to Patent Project: Democratising Patent Review


Calling for a ‘Vox Populi’ on the review of Patent applications, a pilot project , the ‘Peer to Patent Project’ has been launched by Beth Noveck of the New York Law School Institute of Information Law and Policy. Structured on the lines of a deliberative internet based model that encourages community participation in the review of patent applications, it paves the way for a paradigm shift from the traditional process of patent application review and grant. Excerpts from the article…


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Patent

Spicyip Tidbits


1. WTO to investigate U.S complaint against Chinese subsidies Bloomberg Reports The World Trade Organization agreed to probe a complaint by the U.S. and Mexico alleging that China illegally subsidizes domestic industries through tax reductions, the largest trade case yet against the Chinese government In March, the U.S. and the European Union filed a WTO complaint against China alleging that China uses unfair tariffs to block imports of U.S.-made auto parts. That case is being litigated by WTO arbiters in…


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Spicyip tidbits


1. The Assam Govt to seek GI rights for Eri, Komal,Chau Pursuant to the G.I registration of Muga in Assam, the G.I momentum is agthering pace in the State. Recall spicyip tidbit news feed Registration of the geographical indication (GI) rights of Muga has ostensibly created a lot of passion in the State of Assam. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today announced at a function that the State Government would try also to protect the interests of the growers of Eri,Komal,Cchaul,…


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Counterfeiting Claims and Taming the Dragon!


Not Exactly short on trivia, but what is the national animal of China? Is it the dragon or the monkey or are they waiting to make a clone to appoint as one? If the economic culture is anything to go by then my answer would be’Monkey’ in the buzzer round! Recall the parable of the hat maker and the monkey, who tricked the monkey into returning his stolen hats by getting the monkey to ‘copy his act’. ‘Copying’ and Couterfeiting…


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SPICYIP TIDBITS


1.Muga Recognised as Assams’Original Yarn A Report from the Assam Tribune After a long wait, Assam’s luminous golden muga silk has now secured the recognition under the Intellectual Property Rights that it has its origin in Assam only. In the changed trade and commercial scenario under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) regime, this recognition called Geographical Indications (GI) — will definitely provide better legal protection to this golden yarn, its fabric and the people connected with their production. The certificate…


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Bilateral Buzz on IPRs’


A fortnight of hectic parlays on trade negotiations where key accords where signed and strategic understandings arrived at . Swiss Fondue and fine Basmati do not a meal together make’, but yes, the Indian bilateral menu has been served with a generous serving of Swiss and Pakistani fare comprising of key IPR issues. India and Switzerland on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on safeguarding intellectual property rights (IPRs). The agreement envisages setting up of a joint committee to…


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Patent

Its All In the Genes!


There is enough and more reason to celebrate every morning-celebration in lieu of the totality of existence and the existence of the individual self. The Guru of Joy, Sri Sri of the Art of living fame established the U.S.P ‘I belong’…… The simple ritual practiced at the commencement of every Art of Living session where the participants greet each other with a resplendent ‘I belong’ , on deeper analysis comes with a profound metaphysical and scientific import. The ‘cosmic connect’…


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