Devika Agarwal

Devika Agarwal

Devika is a Policy Analyst at Nasscom. She first started writing on Spicy IP in 2013 when she was awarded the Spicy IP Fellowship, which sparked her passion for writing on IP. Devika is interested in copyright and technology law.

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Applications invited for post of Assistant Professor at IUCIPRS, CUSAT


Inter University Centre for IPR Studies (IUCIPRS) at Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is inviting applications for the engagement of five Assistant Professors on contractual basis as per UGC scale and norms. There are four posts for candidates with IPR background (open 2; OBC -1 and SC/ST -1) and one post for a candidate with ‘MSc./M.Tech with IPR’ background. This is to set up the IPR Facilitation Cell. The scale of pay is 15,600-39,100 + 6000 AGP. The…


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SpicyIP Event: The Grand Masters 2015 – In-House Counsel Legal Best Practices Summit


We’re happy to announce the The Grand Masters 2015! Please note, it will be held in three different cities on three different dates in February. And please also note while registering – SpicyIP readers are entitled to a 30% discount! Details of the summit are below: Have you been facing challenges as an In-House Counsel? Have you been able to build and lead successfully an In-House Team? Have you been able to strike a balance with the External Counsel? Do you have…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: ‘Singh & Singh’ & ‘Lall & Sethi’ to merge


Yesterday, Bar and Bench reported that ‘Singh & Singh’ & ‘Lall & Sethi’, two prominent IP law firms in India, are merging to form ‘Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi’. ‘Singh & Singh’ & ‘Lall & Sethi’ are both leading law firms of the country having expertise in intellectual property law. Singh & Singh also has a very robust practice in telecommunication law. Singh & Singh Law Firm LLP was set up in 1997, by its founding partners, Mr. Maninder…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (26th January to 1st February, 2015)


Author’s note: In an earlier version of this post, I mistakenly represented the contents of the post ‘Dodgy IP Dogma’. This has been corrected now. SpicyIP Highlight of the Week! The SpicyIP Highlight of the Week was the first post of the week where Madhulika reported the clandestine settlement between Natco & BMS over ‘Entecavir’. Naturally, this is a worrying development; settlements between pharmaceutical companies are bad for competition in the market because they delay the entry of generic drugs…


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Spicy IP Belated Weekly Review (1st to 7th December, 2014)


Spicy IP Highlight of the Week! The Spicy IP Highlight of the Week was Swaraj’s post on the dubious IPR think-tank which was constituted in November this year; what makes the think-tank dubious is that the members of the think-tank majorly are primarily corporate sector representatives and two of them lack IPR expertise. Further, while the think-tank had invited comments from interested persons in respect of a draft IPR policy for India, there was no draft made available to the…


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Copyright

Academic Plagiarism Scores Hatrick in India!


Chandra Krishnamurthy, the erstwhile Vice-Chancellor of National Law University Orissa & currently the Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University is the latest in the series of academics who have been accused of plagiarism. Earlier this month, Deepak Pental (Ex- Vice Chancellor of Delhi University) & Abhijit Chakrabarti (Vice- Chancellor of Jadavpur University) were accused of plagiarism. This makes Krishnamurthy the third academic in India to be accused of plagiarism in a single month. It is alleged that Krishnamurthy in her book, ‘Legal…


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Copyright

Spicy IP Tidbit: Rajinikanth’s ‘Lingaa’ in Copyright Trouble


Rajinikanth-starrer ‘Lingaa’ which hits the theatres on 12th December has run into legal trouble ahead of its release. An aspiring film maker, K.R. Ravi Rathinam, filed a case in the Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) alleging that the director of ‘Lingaa’ stole his script. The petitioner alleged that the script is from his yet-to-be-released Tamil film titled ‘Mulai Vanam 999’; the petitioner claimed that the story is based on the life of a British engineer who was the brain behind…


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Copyright

Spicy IP Tidbit: Ex-VC of Delhi University jailed over plagiarism charges!


Ex- Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, Deepak Pental, was recently sent to jail by a city court over charges of plagiarism and forgery. The complaint had been filed by professor P Parthasarthy, who had accused Pental and a PhD student of plagiarizing his paper on biotechnology and publishing it as their own in 2000-2002. Subsequently, the additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had ordered Pental’s arrest under section 63 of the Copyright Act, 1957 (section 63 provides for prosecution for infringement of…


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Copyright

Spicy IP Tidbit: Chetan Bhagat Accused of Plagiarism


Chetan Bhagat has run into copyright trouble over his latest book ‘Half Girlfriend’; the author has been sued by Dr. Birbal Jha, an English scholar from Bihar, who claims that Chetan Bhagat stole the story for Half Girlfriend from his play ‘Englishia Boli’. The complainant is a Director of British Lingua, a spoken English institute in Patna. Dr. Jha claims that Chetan Bhagat had visited his institute in Bihar earlier this year and had watched a performance of the play….


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (17th November to 23rd November, 2014)


Spicy IP Highlight of the Week! The Highlight of the Week was Rupali’s post on the Delhi High Court judgment in Ericsson v. Micromax fixing interim royalty rates on FRANDLY licensing terms; the Court also fixed December 31st as the last date for trial of the suit. The week began with me reporting that the IPR think tank, which was constituted by DIPP to draft a national IPR policy, has invited comments to be submitted in respect of the policy;…


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