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Consilience 2016: A Conference on Open Access and IP – Mark your calendars!


SpicyIP takes great pleasure in announcing a celebration of its ten years of making IP spicy with Consilience 2016: A Conference on Open Access and IP! The event will be jointly hosted this year by SpicyIP and the Law and Technology Society, a student run committee engaged in promoting research, awareness and scholarship in the field of Technology Law, and supported by the MHRD Chair in IP (NLS), at National Law School of India University, Bangalore, on 28th and 29th…


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Tidbit – Mumbai HC Denies Interim Injunction Against ‘Fan’


In an order dated 11th April 2016, the Mumbai High Court refused to impose an interim injunction against the screening of the Shahrukh Khan-starrer movie, Fan. The ad-interim application was made in the course of a copyright infringement litigation filed by Mahesh Vaijnathrao Doijode against Yashraj Films Pvt. Ltd. and others. The contention of the plaintiff herein was that he had created and registered a literary work, titled ‘Abhineta’, in 1997, and that Yashraj Films’ Fan infringed his copyright on…


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Keep the Copyright Office with HRD


We are happy to bring our readers a Guest Post by Prashant Reddy, on the recent news regarding shifting the Copyright Office from the Ministry of Human Resources Development to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion. We have previously carried posts on the issue here. Keep the Copyright Office with HRD Author: Prashant Reddy The Government of India has recently announced that it will be shifting the Copyright Office from its current ‘home’ the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) to…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (7th to 12th March)


Our Highlight of the Week is Matthews’ post on the Monsanto case, playing devil’s advocate to Prashant Reddy’s post on the same issue over at IPKat. He first comments on how the Essential Commodities Act can be used by the Government to regulate the licensing costs of Bt Cotton. He then discusses S. 66 of the Patents Act, agreeing with Prashant’s position regarding the same. He then moves on to discussing the Competition Law issues, disagreeing strongly with Prashant on…


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Freedom 251: Pull the other one (it’s got Bells on)! (Part II)


The first post in this series discussed the reasons the Freedom 251’s pricing was so significant, and discussed the factors that affect a smartphone’s price. This post discusses the controversies the Freedom 251 has found itself mired by, due to its supposed defiance of these factors. The most interesting controversies, of course, are the IP ones! The Curious Controversies First off, the device shown to the media reportedly has Adcom trademarks, concealed with white paint. A Hindustan Times review sports…


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Freedom 251: Pull the Other One (It’s Got Bells On)! (Part I)


This two-post series focuses on Ringing Bells’ newly launched smartphone, Freedom 251, which has been creating waves recently. The phone was launched at a price of Rs. 251, and the company claims that the first device will be delivered by June 30th. Ringing Bells’ incredible claim has been rife with controversy and doubt. The first post discusses the significance of Freedom 251’s price and the factors involved in smartphone prices, while the second post discusses the problems with Freedom 251’s…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (24th – 31st January)


Our Highlight of the Week is Shamnad Sir’s post on IP ‘expert’ courts. He draws on fascinating quotes from Judge Rifkind from 50 years ago, and also discusses the more recent critiques of Justice Diane Wood. He concludes by setting the perfect stage for more debate on the extent to which the Commercial Courts Act’s expert courts will help or hinder the ‘efficient’ and ‘fair’ dispensation of IP justice. Our first post this week was a Guest Post by Rahul…


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SpicyIP Jobs: Research Fellows and Programme Officer at CIIPC‬, NLU Delhi


It gives us great pleasure to to announce two exciting new opportunities for scholars interested in Intellectual Property law: the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (‪#CIIPC‬) at NLU Delhi is looking for four Research Fellows and a Programme Officer. Three of the four Research Fellow positions are in areas of law, while the last is in the area of economics/statistics/econometrics. Qualifications Research Fellows: Candidates holding Graduate or Post Graduate or Doctoral Qualifications in Law/Economics/Statistics/Econometrics or allied areas of social sciences with…


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Procedures and Spice – Jagatjit Industries v. IPAB and Ors.


A majority of the case load of the Indian courts is, probably, made up of procedural cases, and most of these tend to be relatively straightforward. Yet, there are some cases that are heavily procedural and also simply ‘spicy’! The case at hand, Jagatjit Industries Ltd. v. the Intellectual Property Appellate Board and Ors., is one such case. The central issues in this case revolve around Form TM-44, the powers of the Registrar of Trademarks, and S. 125 of the Trademarks…


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GCIP15 Day 2: Fixing the problems in Trade Negotiations


This post documents the interesting discussions that took place in the Trade Negotiations Panel at day 2 of the GCIP 2015. The panel was conducted under the Chatham House rules, and hence no attribution has been made for the content herein. [Long post ahead] One of the oft-repeated propositions in various panels in the GCIP, and even outside it, has been that the international trade negotiation process, particularly those leading up to agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (‘TPP’), are broken….


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