SpicyIP Tidbits: GIs getter spicier by the second!


After the Mysore Mallige and Darjeeling Tea, the Minister for Commerce has endorsed the need for another much spicier GI! The Byadgi Chilli, grown in the Haveri district of Karnataka, is acclaimed for its colour and less pungent odour. Inaugurating a chilli processing plant that hopes to increase the production of the spice in line with demand, Minister Jairam Ramesh has stated this would definitely help farmer’s in securing higher prices and better export value. Looks like everything in IP…


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Patent

Spicy Tidbits: India on a roll- Filings galore!


India and Indian companies seem to have started off this quarter of the year with a filing bonanza! Just today, two applications were reported in the news from India- one granted, and the other filed. 1. The ‘Mysore Mallige’ – a variety of jasmine unique to Karnataka, was given the Geographical Indication status, giving the local community the exclusive rights to cultivate these flowers. The report extensively covers the lost glory of Indian botany, which was heavily coveted at one…


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Drug Regulation Patent

Split Wide Open: Patent on Stomach Medicine effectively monopolised.


In a revelation that has sent shockwaves in the Pharma industry, Reckitt Benckiser was allegedly found to have extended the monopoly they had on the stomach medicine “Gaviscon”! Internal documents that were recently leaked to the public, indicate that the Company had schemed with NHS to avoid releasing a generic name for the product in 2000. This was achieved by extending influence over the regulatory bodies. Therefore, on payment of an exorbitant amount (incidentally, three times higher than for any…


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Innovation

The Miserly care not about safety: Drug prices questioned


A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, USA Today, and Harvard shows that most Americans now want drug prices regulated. The study’s summary shows people are having a tough time paying their mounting drug bills- leading to a situation where they either do not take their medicines or reduce the required dosage. This is one of the main reasons they would like drug prices reduced. It is however strange and worrisome that their primary problem with the pharmaceutical industry…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Free Trade Agreement- No smooth sailing here.


The chances of the Free Trade Agreement between India and the EU materializing seem bleak now with differences between the parties continuing after another round of negotiations. As The Hindu reports, “Although both sides have stated that good progress had been made in the first three rounds, officials in the 27-member block European Union feel that signing of the FTA by this year-end was near impossible.” While the parties have postponed the next round of negotiations, officials do not seem…


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Patent

SpicyIP Tidbit: Sun challengesJ&J


Sun Pharma has as of February 28th, 2008 decided to file a post grant opposition with the Mumbai patent office against a product patent extension granted to Johnson & Johnson’s Risperdal, used to treat psychological disorders and schizophrenia. The patent, granted to Janssen Pharmaceutica, a group company of Johnson & Johnson, on July 20, 2007, with patent number 208191 relates to sustained-release particles of risperidone.Sun Pharma has been marketing a generic version of this drug for the last few years…


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SpicyIP Tidbits: Basmati ‘stirs’ up new protests.


Just when India’s initiative to protect products was finally beginning to be appreciated by SpicyIP, farmers in Karnataka have begun protesting the recent move to grant the geographical indication to the rice grown in Punjab, Haryana, UP and Uttarakhand alone. Claiming that this would adversely affect the margin on profits earned by the variety of Basmati grown by them, the farmers have now started protesting, in the hope that they will be included as a part of the GI. The…


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Uncategorized

Free IP Database: The WIPO Magazine!


The World Intellectual Property Organisation’s magazine endeavours to inform readers about WIPO-led activities, and to showcase intellectual property, creativity and innovation at work across the world, this issue of the WIPO Magazine covers a wide range of topics like from climate change to a public forum at the WIPO for LDCs. The WIPO Magazine is currently available free of charge. This can be availed by readers- both online and in print in three languages (English, French, Spanish). The launch of…


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The Tale of the Two Patents: SpicyIP in the news.


Our readers are most likely to remember the recent patent blooper with the issue of the same patent to different inventors. This was preceded by SpicyIP’s appeal to the Prime Minister to create a database of sorts to prevent exactly these sort of incidents. As a followup to the previous post by Mr. Basheer, CH Unnikrishnan from Livemint not only reports this patent issue, but acknowledging SpicyIP’s role in the same- has closely followed the recent developments in the story–…


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SpicyIP Tidbits: Geographical Indications- Just a cup of tea!


The Indian tea industry is now making use of GIs to help globally promote sale of the product. While Darjeeling has long been registered as a logo and has secured GIs in several countries (including the USA, UK, and a collective mark in the EU), the Tea Board plans to protect teas from Assam and the Nilgiris this year. The Chairman of the Tea Board, Mr.Basudeb Banerjee, said at the 2nd Global Dubai Tea Forum 2008 that this was a…


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