Balaji Subramanian

Balaji Subramanian

Balaji is a third year student at NALSAR, Hyderabad. He is currently an editor of the Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law. He is fascinated by technology law and IP law, and is an active member of NALSAR's Technology Law Forum. When he isn't doing law school things, he wanders the country looking for quizzes to participate in. He can be emailed at [email protected]

Copyright Privacy

“Press Ctrl + U and we’ll sue” – Flash Networks to Thejesh GN


Disguised censorship isn’t a new theme on this blog – we’ve tracked instances over the last few years both in India and abroad where parties have tried to use shields such as defamation (no stranger to this blog, by the way) and copyright as swords to suppress content. The latest episode in this disturbing trend features Airtel, an Israel-based software company called Flash Networks, and blogger-activist Thejesh GN. Background Medianama’s Riddhi Mukherjee tells the story: “Last week, Bangalore-based Thejesh GN had noticed…


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Patent

Guest Post: Interrogating Interim Injunctions: The Curious Case of Standards for Ex Partes


Here’s the second of Saahil Dama’s guest posts on interim injunctions in patent cases. Here, he examines cases in which the judiciary has attempted to lay down safeguards against the misuse of ex parte orders. [Warning: This is a fairly long post.] Saahil is a student at National Law University, Jodhpur. He is currently in the fourth year and is pursuing Intellectual Property Law Honours at the University. You can find his previous post here. Interrogating Interim Injunctions: The Curious Case…


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Patent

Guest Post: Interrogating Interim Injunctions: The Difficulty in Getting Vacations


Continuing in our series of posts highlighting the inequity of interim injunctions in patent cases, here’s a guest post from Saahil Dama. Saahil is a student at National Law University, Jodhpur. He is currently in the fourth year and is pursuing Intellectual Property Law Honours at the University. Interrogating Interim Injunctions: The Difficulty in Getting Vacations By Saahil Dama In furtherance of our I-3 series, I’ll be writing a short post on the case of Microsoft Corporation v. Dhiren Gopal…


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Patent

Interim Injunctions in Pharma Patents: Busting the Price Erosion Myth


As part of our new series interrogating interim injunctions, I profiled the Vifor-Symed dispute over iron carboxymaltose. I lamented the fact that over forty-four months since the ex parte interim injunction was issued, arguments over the validity of the order were still pending. Some of the anonymous comments on that post were extremely insightful, questioning the assumptions on which this series of posts was premised on. Here, I attempt to counter one such argument advanced in the comments – the…


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Job Vacancy at Sujata Chaudhri IP Attorneys


This is to inform our readers of a job opening at Sujata Chaudhari IP Attorneys. Details are as follows. Sujata Chaudhri IP Attorneys, an IP boutique, located in NOIDA is looking to hire an attorney to handle contested matters. Ideal candidate should have between 3-5 years of solid trade mark (and copyright) experience at a law firm. Preferably the candidate should have experience handling litigation matters and contested matters at the Trade Marks Registry and the Intellectual Property Appellate Board….


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Patent

Interrogating Interim Injunctions: the four-year-long Vifor-Symed saga


This post is a part of our I-3 series, in which we study cases in which we question the promiscuity of interim injunctions in patent cases. For my previous post in the series, click here. Interim orders, in the ideal world, should be short-lived creatures. In the cases we’re putting before you, however, it appears that they are being nurtured and nourished by a combination of actors, both from the bar and the bench. This particular case features an ex…


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Patent

Interrogating Interim Injunctions: ex parte delays in Symed and Issar


As Shamnad just blogged, we’ve kickstarted the I-3 series, where we interrogate interim injunctions, particularly ex parte injunctions in patent cases. In the past, we’ve consistently highlighted the inequity of interim injunctions in patent cases, especially when they’re awarded without even hearing the other party to the dispute. Over the course of this post and the ones that follow, I will be examining cases in which ex parte “interim” orders have been awarded, taking pains to highlight the attitude and…


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Others

SpicyIP Weekly Review (May 4 – May 17)


The blog saw a huge amount of action over the last couple of weeks, so this belated highlight-reel is going to be longer than usual. Highlight of the week(s) Over the last two weeks, Swaraj and Shamnad raised questions over inconsistencies that run rampant in the framing of India’s IPR policy. First, Swaraj put together a timeline of events demonstrating the kind of doublespeak that’s pervaded the higher echelons of the government in the last few months. Shamnad then attempted…


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Copyright Others

Whose Dream Was It Anyway? Plagiarism and Martin Luther King Jr.


If you had to compile a list of events that shaped American, and even world history in the last century, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech would certainly rank high. It’s got all the ingredients that go into the making of an epochal moment – mass appeal, powerful rhetoric and a clear marker of change in the centuries-old battlefield of race relations. King’s contribution to the civil rights movement can’t be denied – in fact, to talk…


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Patent

Google’s Patent Purchase Promotion: Overarching concerns


“He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” — Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil Over the course of my previous post, I questioned the mismatch between Google’s ostensible goal of eliminating patent trolls from the market, and its chosen means of achieving this end – purchasing patents from small inventors at a large scale in a…


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