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.

Copyright Trademark

SpicyIP Interviews: Artistik License


  Working hard at protecting the rights of artists and creative entrepreneurs in India, is a dedicated venture called ‘Artistik License’. Artistik License is an interesting new start up that seeks to go to what is really the heart of the IP-incentive system – helping artists and creators. They describe themselves as a legal education and services platform dedicated to addressing the needs and queries of artists and creative entrepreneurs in India. With a strong emphasis on making legal know-how…


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SpicyIP Events: IT Legal Summit 2014


Information Technology Legal Summit (ITLS) 2014, 22nd May, 2014 Vivanta by Taj – Whitefield, Bengaluru www.itlegalsummit.com Download Summit Agenda | Register Now! Aim of the Summit With globalization and IT Revolution there are issue that do not fall within the same spectrum of law or jurisdiction and making difficult to easily avail a consolidated expert knowledge of applicable laws at transaction level and any relevant interpretation thereto. The 2nd Annual of IT Legal Summit by Lex Witness provides a fast paced…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (28th April to 4th May)


  SpicyIP Highlight of the Week! On 30th April, India signed the ‘Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled (MVT)’ which allows for better access to published works by the visually impaired. This is indeed a welcome move to address the problem of “book famine” which is faced by those who are visually impaired or print disabled; India’s copyright laws being already in harmony with the Treaty makes…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (7th April to 13th April, 2014)


SpicyIP Highlight of the Week! On 10th April, Thomson Reuters released a report titled ‘The Research and Innovation Performance of the G20’ highlighting the decisions taken in respect of scientific research and innovation activity by the G20 countries. It was heartening to discover that the report demonstrates how India has inched closer to bridging the scientific research and innovation gap with developed countries. Spadika has covered this here.   We, at SpicyIP, love blogging about the wackiest things doing the…


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Join INTA and More than 7,700 Trademark Professionals in Hong Kong


As many of you know, this year the INTA Annual Meeting will be hosted for the first time in Asia. Although the Hong Kong Meeting is still one month away, more than 7,700 attendees from over 140 countries have already registered. See who is attending! Registrants from the South Asian region have already surpassed the number of registrants from the same region in 2013 by 10%. Here are some programs that are specially planned for those interested in the South Asia region: What Role…


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


SpicyIP Highlight of the Week! Earlier sometime in February, Shamnad and Swaraj, in an Indian Express Op-Ed had written on the problematic GIPC Report 2014 which banished India to the last position in terms of innovation and IP protection offered by it; interestingly enough, Mr. P. Pugatch of the Pugatch Consilium (which conducted the GIPC Report) has in what seems to be a reply to the earlier Op-Ed vociferously emphasized the significance of the contentious report. In an interestingly titled…


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Weekly Review (24th February to 2nd March)


The SpicyIP highlight of the week is Thomas’ post on Rare diseases and innovation. We chose it as the highlight of the week as it brings to light an often under-discussed topic in the pharma patent world, while also being a stark example of an area that the patent system is currently ill-equipped to deal with. The last week was a busy one for our blog with some very interesting IP developments both in India as well as internationally. We…


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A Belated Weekly Review (17th February – 24th February)


The last week did not see much action in the field of intellectual property rights in India. A quick recapitulation follows: In the beginning of the week, Swaraj had analysed the GIPC International IP Index 2014 (published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Centre). He concluded that the much touted GIPC IP Index is erroneous inasmuch as it is biased and employs flawed research methodology. He also points out that problematically, it is likely that this report…


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Copyright

WAKE UP: IT IS COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT!


A recent Lay’s commercial starring Ranbir Kapoor has caught my fancy; Lay’s newest ad campaign is titled ‘Lay’s Best Buddies’ and the storyline of the commercials revolve around the “loveable rascal ‘Sid’” who was the protagonist of the 2009 film ‘Wake Up Sid!’ While the ad successfully captured the essence of the campaign, it got me thinking along the lines of whether this kind of advertisement strategy which is built around characters popularized in films, may inadvertently be infringing copyright….


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