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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 (April 5 –12, 2015)


Although the 5th-12th of this month has been a bit of a slow week, we’ve had two rather interesting posts written by Mathews and Aparajita. Mathews had written on the need to consider non patent models for incentivizing drug discoveries, and discussed the various examples of newly emerging models that appear to present rather interesting opportunities. He first outlines the recently instituted Project Marilyn that launched a campaign to develop a crowd funded patent-free anti cancer drug – 9-deoxysibiromycin or 9DS. He then the…


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SpicyIP Tidbit : NUALS’ Centre for Intellectual Property Rights launched


Folks, we have an exciting bit of information for you – we recently brought to you the news about the launch of GNLU’s IPR Centre and we’re glad to say that another National Law School has recently inaugurated its Centre for IPR as well ! We were recently made available with the Press Release on the official inauguration of The Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIPR) at NUALS. Where on one hand, the government’s lax attitude has resulted in little…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review ( March 15 – March 22, 2015)


The SpicyIP Highlight of the Week ! In this week’s Highlight, Kartik analysed and discussed in great  detail the recent judgement in the Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson v. Intex case delivered by Justice Manmohan Singh of the Delhi HC, where Ericsson had been granted an injunction against Intex for any devices that infringed upon Ericsson’s eight Standard Essential Patents – we had earlier reported on the case  here and here. In the course of this post, Kartik analyses point by point the…


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Copyright

Shemaroo Entertainment secures a curious John Doe from Bombay HC


 Entertainment industries everywhere around the world tend to put in years of hard effort and monetary investments to being their creations to the audiences.  Speaking of the Bollywood Industry, there’s a clear divide between works and ‘works of art’ – every time you give your eyes the unsolicited pleasure of watching an Aap Ka Suroor or Bodyguard, you think the bar can’t fall any lower, and come Happy New Year, you’re forced to reconsider your earlier affirmations. However, regardless of…


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Trademark

The Tobacco Plain Packaging Controversy 2.0


Are you a smoker? Do you see the vomit inducing imagery to your left ? Do you think you’d feel like buying a cigarette box that looks like that ? No ? Well that’s how you know plain packaging works. (very long post follows) With its 2011 passage of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act(TPPA), Australia took a landmark step on the tobacco control front. It forced all tobacco companies to ensure their cigarettes are packaged in standard olive green boxes, with…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (February 23- March 1, 2015)


The SpicyIP Highlight of the week ! The SpicyIP Highlight of the Week was the first post by Arundathi, where she discusses a recent case regarding a ruling passed by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria Division) in favour of Belmora. The matter was in reference to the question of Article 6bis (on well known trademarks) of the Paris Convention and how the Principle of Territoriality accommodates the Article’s provisions within its ambit. Belmora’s FLANAX, which…


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Innovation

Invention vs. Innovation in Russia


“If invention is a pebble tossed in the pond, innovation is the rippling effect that the pebble causes. Someone has to toss the pebble. That’s the inventor. Someone has to recognize the ripple will eventually become a wave. That’s the entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs don’t stop at the water’s edge. They watch the ripples and spot the next big wave before it happens. And it’s the act of anticipating and riding that “next big wave” that drives the innovative nature in every entrepreneur.” – Thus…


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Copyright Patent

The Curious Case of Qentis and Cloem


In late 2014, two tech startups, Qentis and Cloem, presented their rather interesting business models, based on similar technologies, that could challenge the very basis of intellectual property laws as we know them today. Taking in part from its original mention and analysis at VentureBeat, this post discusses the models of each of the two startups, their basis and possible implications. Qentis Picture a scenario where everything original anybody ever conceived and uploaded on the internet/released for public viewing resulted in…


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Publication

SpicyIP Tidbit: NLU-D releases Report on Online Intermediary Liability in India


Some rather interesting news has been brought to our notice – the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi has just released a new report on Online Intermediary liability in India, written by Chinmayi Arun and Sarvjeet Singh. This is a part of a global research project by the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers  and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University examining the rapidly changing landscape of online intermediary liability, and aimed at informing and…


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Patent Trademark

Patent and Trademark Agent Examination Woes


Is the end finally near? Thanks to a tip from one of our readers, Ms. Meera Sharma, it has come to our notice that it has been a preposterously long while since the last Patent and Trademark Agent Examinations respectively were last held, and applicants have been (quite understandably) been getting increasingly impatient at the inaction of the Government. THE TM AGENT EXAM The Trademark Agent Exam was last held in June 2010 – over four and a half years…


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