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GCIP2015: Leading Up To The GCIP: A Chat With Jayashree Watal


This post by Job Michael Mathew first appeared on the Global Congress 2015 Blog. The fifth discussion in our pre-GCIP discussion series is with Jayashree Watal.[1] Profile: Jayashree Watal has been Counsellor in the Intellectual Property Division of the World Trade Organization since February 2001. She worked in the Ministry of Commerce of the Government of India as Director, Trade Policy Division, New Delhi (1995–1998). She represented India at a crucial stage in the Uruguay Round TRIPS negotiations from 1989–1990….


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VPATAPP, an app for patent practitioners


Earlier this year, a team of four Indian IP enthusiasts led by Vijaykumar Shivpuje, launched the first version of an interesting Android application titled ‘VPATAPP’. VPATAPP is a free resource which provides a quick toolkit for various categorised sources aimed at IPR practitioners, specifically patent lawyers, across the globe. The app has just been upgraded to its second version on 13th December, adding crucial features. VPATAPP is a repository of patent-related links and information from around the world, including, as…


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GCIP2015: Leading Up To The GCIP: A Chat With Shamnad Basheer


This post by Job Michael Mathew first appeared on the Global Congress 2015 Blog. The next discussion in our pre-GCIP discussion series is with Prof. Shamnad Basheer.[1] Profile: Shamnad Basheer is the founder of SpicyIP, India’s premier blog on IP and innovation law and policy. Basheer was the first Ministry of Human Resource Development Chaired Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, and a Frank H. Marks Visiting Associate Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the George Washington…


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GCIP2015: Leading Up To The GCIP: A Chat With Zakir Thomas


This post by Job Michael Mathew first appeared on the Global Congress 2015 Blog. With only a few more days to go for the 4th Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest 2015 (“Congress”), we will be putting out a number of blog posts as a precursor of things to come. In this first series, Job Michael Mathew[1] approaches some of our keynote speakers for their thoughts on their work areas and contemporary developments in their fields. Mr. Zakir Thomas[2]…


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GCIP2015: Leading Up To The GCIP: A Chat With Michael Geist


This post by Job Michael Mathew first appeared on the Global Congress 2015 Blog. Continuing the lead-up to the GCIP, the following discussion is with Dr. Michael Geist[1] Profile: Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He will be giving a keynote address during the inaugural plenary session scheduled for December 15th. JMM: The UK recently made a major push towards open access…


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GCIP2015: Leading Up To The GCIP: A Chat With Susan K. Sell


This post by Job Michael Mathew first appeared on the Global Congress 2015 Blog. After Mr. Zakir Thomas and Dr. Michael Geist, our third discussion is with Prof. Susan K. Sell[1]. Profile: Susan Sell is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University where her teaching focuses on theories of international politics, international political economy and relations between the North and South. She will be giving a keynote address during the inaugural plenary session scheduled for…


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Weekly Review (8th – 15th November)


Our Highlight of the Week is Balaji’s post dealing with the fascinating and complex nexus between Trade Secret protection and the Right to Information, following up from his previous post on the case of Ferani Hotels v. State Information Commission and Ors. He discusses the dearth of High Court (and lack of Supreme Court) cases dealing with this issue, and then moves on to discussing certain specific, and curious, instances of these interactions. He discusses the trade secret protection available…


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Authors’ Guild v. Google – A Fair Use victory, and a chance for introspection


After Lenz v. Universal, the US Courts have hit the ball right out of the park once again with yet another Fair Use ruling! This time, the ruling comes from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, New York, in the Authors Guild v. Google. This is a fascinating case with quite some history, which I explore in this post. [Long Post Ahead] This case started in 2005, and concerns Google’s ambitious Google Books program. The program (which I think all…


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Patent

Pfizer’s Pregabalin – An IP Tale of Pain and Second Medical Use patents, Part II


This is the second post in a two-part post dealing with the England-Wales Patent Court’s recent judgment on Pfizer Group’s Warner-Lambert Company’s dispute regarding its Lyrica medicines and second use patents. The first post dealt with the background of the issue, the validity of the patent in question and the threat claims; the second post deals with the infringement claim, and concludes the post. Infringement Justice Arnold considered the question of infringement of patents, proceeding under the assumption that the…


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Pfizer’s Pregabalin – An IP Tale of Pain and Second Medical Use patents, Part I


In a fascinating development, the England-Wales Patent court last month pronounced the judgment on Pfizer Group’s Warner-Lambert Company’s dispute regarding its Lyrica medicines, containing the compound pregabalin. This case touches on issues including Second Medical Use patents and ‘skinny labels’ and threats to sue, so read on for a riveting IP story! [Long post ahead!] Background Given the complex background, a bit of backstory is quite necessary here. Until recently Warner-Lambert (which is part of the Pfizer Group) held the…


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