SpicyIP Tidbit: And the Flame continues to rage…


The details of the Madras High Court order restraining TVS are available here. The HC has said that Bajaj has established a prima facie case in its favour owing to the fact that its patent was unchallenged for a considerable period. I believe this was an apprehension rightly expressed by Manisha Singh Nair in her article. TVS Motors seems to have contended that use of twin spark plugs in a cylinder of small bore (diameter) size does not amount to…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Bruce Almighty.


If there’s a word that could conjure bigger and larger images of quantity other than “Whopping”, it could be “Colossal” or “Humongous”. Either ways, Dr.Bruce Saffran will smile his way to the bank thanks to $501 million he was awarded by jurors in the case against Boston Scientific Corp. in the patent infringement suit involving drug-coated heart stents. Saffran argued that the stents launched by Boston Scientific violated his 1997 patent on technology to deliver medication within the body to…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Revving up Auto Patent Litigation


Finally, it seems like the Indian auto sector is catching up, albeit at its own pace, with its global counterparts not just in terms of technology, but also in litigations over technology. The Bajaj-TVS imbroglio couldn’t have started at a more “opportune” moment; an article from The Michigan Technology News has observed that litigations over auto patents are on the rise globally. Here’s the full article along with a podcast of an opinion maker. As an autobuff, I can’t decide…


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GIs, TRADITIONAL HANDICRAFTS AND INCENTIVES FOR INDIVIDUAL INNOVATIONS


A lot has been said about Geographical Indications (GIs) and there effectiveness in securing community rights, some may call them Brand rights, in a community’s collective heritage and to protect consumer interests as well. But do GIs accrue any benefit or recognition to an individual from the community, who has made a particularly notable improvement to an existing product, say traditional handicrafts, on which GIs exist?  In other words, do GIs preclude simultaneous existence of individual Intellectual Property Rights in…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Technology Transfer Group-IIT Kharagpur


The students of IIT Kharagpur have launched an initiative called the Technology Transfer Group (TTG) in collaboration with the Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy Cell (SRIC) of IIT Kharagpur to create a comprehensive database of all the research initiatives undertaken by the students and faculty of the Institute and to ultimately ensure that the technologies developed are commercialised. Special emphasis is being laid on IP protection to such technologies thanks to the involvement of the Institute’s department of Law, the…


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SpicyIP Event


Mock Trial at Delhi University Under the aegis of the 5th India Project Intellectual Property Rights Summit jointly organised by George Washington University Law School (GWU Law), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), a mock trial is scheduled to be held on 25th February, 2008 in the Convention Hall at Delhi University. The Summit itself will be held from 24th February- 1st March 2008. The past editions of this Summit have boasted of the who’s-who…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Mosquito-Free Cooler


Vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue can spread from the most innocuous of places simply because of water stagnation. Most would normally expect open drains to be the primary sources forgetting others which are closer home- air coolers, specifically water tanks in air coolers. Interestingly, there exist government sponsored studies on the role of coolers in breeding of vectors. Thanks to some ingenious thinking by Dr V K Saxena, Dr T G Thomas and Dr Shiv Lal of National Institute…


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