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Kiran George

Kiran Mary George is a Third Year student at ILS Law College, Pune. Her first stint in the world of Intellectual Property law was an internship with a registered copyright society that granted her an insight into the world of copyright in music. Since then, her interest in IPR has taken strong hold, and she enjoys keeping close tabs on developments in the field. She is still discovering her interests, but so far takes a special liking to open access, copyright and trademarks.

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SpicyIP Weekly Review (20 September – 27 September, 2015)


Folks, we’ve had a pretty good run this week ! Here’s a quick glance at all that we’ve covered –   SpicyIP Highlight of the Week ! Our SpicyIP Highlight of the Week is Swaraj’s excellent post critiquing the recent (and unanticipated) release of the Guidelines for Examination of Computer Related Inventions that has caused much worry and concern amongst think tanks, which they put together in a joint letter to the Prime Minister. He questions the legitimacy of the…


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Copyright

Oh how the mighty fall ! – SC dismisses IPRS’ Special Leave Petition


It’s been a few years since SpicyIP first started tracking IPRS and its illegal exploits. Today, we’re rather pleased to announce that the notorious extortionists-cum-serial scamsters have finally, FINALLY, been cornered, and justice to the hundreds of rights-holders defrauded out of their money is fast approaching. On 11th September, the Supreme Court dismissed the Special Leave Petition in IPRS v. Union of India (covered here), filed by IPRS in the hope of getting the order passed against them by the…


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Trademark

Punitive Damages and the Defendant’s wealth : An overlooked nexus?


In a recent matter before Justice Manmohan Singh of the Delhi HC, the plaintiff, Honeywell International Co. was granted a permanent injunction restraining infringement of their trademark. They were further awarded punitive damages in addition to cost of proceedings, to the tune of three lac rupees. The case itself is not a complicated one and interested readers can check the order directly for more details on it. Perhaps, however, the highlight of the judgement in this case is the award…


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SpicyIP Tidbit : IPAB’s Delhi Registry/Bench inaugurated !


Readers, we have an interesting bit of information for you ! The Delhi registry-cum-bench of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) was officially inaugurated on the 31st of August by Delhi High Court Chief Justice G Rohini. The event was attended by several eminent dignitaries. Although the function was supposed to be presided by Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (independent charge) for Commerce and Industry, she remained unable to attend on account of other commitments – the event continued in her absence….


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Copyright

Of Twitter’s Comedians and Joke-Thieves


A lot of people believe, albeit perhaps ignorantly, that the internet is effectively a Special Privileges Zone, where the rules of the “real world” do not apply – that it is a free-for-all space where everyone can take and post whatever they want, from whoever they want, without any consequences whatsoever. Far too often, writings have been picked up from x and shared by y as status updates on Facebook, without any attribution to the author, often reflecting the account…


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National Patent Drafting Competition to be held by IIPRD


IIPRD, in support of Khurana and Khurana, Sughrue Mion, and other Supporting Partners, is planning to conduct a National Level Patent DraftingCompetition (NPDC) with the goal of spreading a strong and wide awareness on patent issues whilst also seeking to enable practitioners to understand the quintessential sine qua nons of patent drafting. The best part ?  SpicyIP readers get a whole 50% discount on the participation fees (Rs. 550/- instead of 1100/-)  !! Please find the details of the NPDC mentioned below :  Modus-Operandi…


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Trademark

Google serves thick Alphabet soup for dinner ; BMW disapproves


In a decision that confused many, with the intention of separating it’s profit-making businesses from its ‘moon-shot projects’ (Nest, a maker of smart thermostats, Calico, a company focused on longevity, and others), Google is reorganizing into a conglomerate, and BMW might have reason to be peeved. Why, you ask? Because they’re going to call the Silicon Valley giant’s holding company what BMW already calls one of its subsidiaries– Alphabet. While the development amused/surprised/confused many, BMW decided to cash in on…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (9th August – 15th August, 2015)


Our SpicyIP Highlight of the Week was Rupali’s post, where she critically discusses the implications of the European Commission’s decision directing all member states to suspend the marketing authorizations of nearly 700 generic drugs tested and approved by GVK BioSciences lab in India – an act that was duly reciprocated by the Indian government in its deferral of scheduled talks with the EU on the EU-India Free Trade Agreement, following a recommendation by Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use…


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Events

National Patent Drafting Competition to be held by IIPRD


IIPRD, in support of Khurana and Khurana, Sughrue Mion, and other Supporting Partners, is planning to conduct a National Level Patent Drafting Competition (NPDC) with the goal of spreading a strong and wide awareness on patent issues whilst also seeking to enable practitioners to understand the quintessential sine qua nons of patent drafting. The best part ?  SpicyIP readers get a whole 50% discount on the participation fees (Rs. 550/- instead of 1100/-)  !! Please find the details of the…


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Patent

Participation at ASSOCHAM event to create conflict of interest : Letter to CCI


The ASSOCHAM organised IP conference on ‘Interface between Intellectual Property & Competition Law’ – Invention, Growth and New Challenges’ held on the 7th of this month became the subject of much controversy, when a section of the civil society, comprising organisations Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, IT for Change, Bangalore, Knowledge Commons Collective, New Delhi, National Working Group on Patent Laws, New Delhi and Software Freedom Law Centre, New Delhi raised concerns against the participation…


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