Trademark

SpicyIP Tidbits: Wedding Bells ring victorious!


Recently Bharatmatrimony.com discovered the website ‘Bharathmatrimony.net” which promoted itself as India’s No. 1 Matrimony website. They have successfully proceeded against the infringing website for the domain name as well as the trademark. Enthused by this victory, the portal now plans to proceed against other infringers to protect the interests of the Company. The full report can be found here.


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Patent

UN Regulation: Hindering progress of biotechnology.


In an effort to provide people with clean drinking water, the United Nations Economic Commission on Europe (UNECE) drafted in 1999 The Protocol on Water and Health. However, like other U.N. agencies, the Protocol in question has been criticized severely for having vague goals, and still worse, having no road map to decide the course of action to be taken. Worse yet, there are other programs by the UN that have aggressively charted out their own road- effectively preventing the…


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Copyright

SpicyIP Tidbit: Extend copyright protection demands the EU.


Linked up to an article of mine not so long ago, the European Union has suggested an extension of the copyright protection and royalties offered to musicians across the continent. In a stand taken by the authorities rather than the artists, the EU Commissioner (the union’s internal market chief) has stated that “If nothing is done, thousands of European performers who recorded in the late 1950s and 1960s will lose all of their airplay royalties over the next ten years”……


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Patent

SpicyIP Tidbit: And now tobacco is medicine.


The latest news is the Central Tobacco Research Institute has patented ‘Solanesol’- a medical substance from tobacco. This was after a collabarative effort with the Central Drug Research Institute. The substance is used as a cure for cardiac insufficiency, muscular dystrophy, anaemia, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and liver injury, and hoped to be used as an important component of anti-diabetic and an anti-cancer drug. The full article can be found here.


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Applying the brakes to TVS’s manufacture.


News about the spark plug crash is coming in fast and how! Reported just yesterday, the auto patent scene indeed seems to be heating up. In what is seen as a major setback to TVS, an interim order by the Madras High Court has restrained TVS from manufacturing and selling its new TVS Flame 125 bikes. An appeal by TVS’s lawyers seems almost inevitable now. For all those who don’t remember the exact nature of the dispute a look at…


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Digging deep for new developments: To harness the wealth of the ocean!


The Government of India on a new initiative has decided to bolster India’s position as one of the leaders in deep sea bed mining and provide a competitive edge for pharmaceutical companies in the development of new drugs. The Department of Earth Sciences has launched a new programme to harness new beneficial molecules from the sea for “therapeutic purposes”. Launched by the Government as a long term assignment, the programme is spearheaded by the Central Drug Research Institute, with the…


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Patent

SpicyIP Tidbit: Apple to enter the gaming market???


Though this might take a while to enter the Indian scene, gaming fans across the world are all set to welcome Apple into the gaming foray! The recent trademark application requests protection of the trademark “APPLE” against products that classify as “toys, games and playthings, namely, hand-held units for playing electronic games; hand-held units for playing video games; stand alone video game machines; electronic games other than those adapted for use with television receivers only; LCD game machines; electronic educational…


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Uncategorized

OPEN BOOK SOCIETY: Providing easy access to Academic Writing


Spicy IP is happy to announce the arrival of yet another student initiative that hopes to make academic resources more easily available to the public in general, and students in particular, primarily using the medium of the Internet. The OPEN BOOK SOCIETY, a society registered in Karnataka, is a voluntary body that is founded and run by students across the nation from premier institutions such as the National Law School of India University and the All India Institute of Medical…


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Trademark

SpicyIP Tidbit: ‘Sugar free’ hassles


Cadila HealthCare has filed a suit against Dabur India for the use of its trademark “Sugar Free” in the marketing of Dabur’s Sugar Free Chyawanprakash and has sought damages to the tune of Rs. 25 lakh. Justice Ahmed at Delhi, has issued a notice to Dabur on Cadila’s suit to restrain the former from using the ‘Sugar Free’ trademark or any other mark that could seek to deceive or confuse the public as under Section 9 (2) (a) of the…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Roche opposed yet again.


Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, the patent scene in India seems to be heating up, yet again. Roche’s anti-infection drug for HIV/ AIDS and organ transplant patients, Valcyte faces yet another opposition after its tumultuous past in the USPTO. After going past the pre-grant stage without hearing an opposition by two NGOs (Indian Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS and the Tamil Nadu Networking People with HIV/AIDS), Ranbaxy has now filed a post-grant opposition, claiming that…


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