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EU-India FTA Negotiations continue : Details… Unknown.


An agreement between the European Union and India slated to cover many areas including trade in goods and services, investment, intellectual property rights, competition policy, government procurement etc. Sounds promising? Except the details of the same remain largely unknown. Begun in 2007, the EU-India rounds of negotiation to establish a Free Trade Agreement between the two, aims to have far reaching consequences in the way the trade is carried out. However, there have been several gaping holes in the proper…


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Ensuring Transparent Functioning: Functioning of Patent Offices to be revamped


Our readers will remember that the Mint and subsequently this blogger had not so long ago reported on alleged bias and corruption that ruled rampant in the Patent Offices across the country. It seems that those reports in fact made an impact! Announcing that the patent offices are now changing the process of examining applications, one of the Controller General of Patent, Design and Trademark (wishing to remain anonymous until an official order was released) further stated to the Mint…


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SpicyIP Tidbits: India’s Human Genome Bill


Each one of us in India with our multicultural backgrounds hold great genetic diversity that pharmaceutical companies believe could cure to several diseases. Not only will such a discovery be a breakthrough, but according to reports also have great financial benefit for those who supply the samples. Seemingly learning from their past mistakes, India has decided to forestall any biopiracy claims with respect to the Indian gene pool. The Outlook (in their issue dated March 9, 2009- p. 20) has…


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Copyright

Delhi HC: Guiding the way in copyright infringement cases


We have time and again, reported on various instances of copyright infringement. However, for only the second time, at least to this blogger’s mind, the Delhi High Court has gone ahead and taken the softer approach towards a possible infringers in view of how this may affect the academic performance of students! In Syndicate of the Press of the University of Cambridge v. BD Bhandari (CS (OS) 1274/2004 of the Delhi High Court) pronounced in mid- January this year, the…


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SpicyIP Event: INTA Roundtable on Border Measures Regulations proposed to be organized by INTA ACEC MEASA Subcommittee


The border measures fiasco that we have blogged about here and here has definitely sparked off a debate in the EU as well as India as to what minimum standards may be imposed through the TRIPS and the EC as regards “in transit seizures”. In India, the standards we have adopted are embodied in the Intellectual Property Rights (Imported Goods) Enforcement Rules, 2007. (The relevant circular on the same may be found here). In the same vein, the India Task…


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Trademark

Reliance and TM Disputes: Trouble in Reliance land?


The feuding Reliance brothers, Anil and Mukesh, seem to have other things except family rivalry that have thrust them into the spotlight of late. They are neck deep in business decisions that could land them in trademark disputes. ‘I’ think this may spell trouble! In what seems like an obvious attempt to cash in on Apple’s fortunes, the Mint reports that the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group has filed an application in India to register the mark ‘I PHONE’ under…


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Kerala’s “Mission IPR” nipped in the bud?


The Kerala IP Policy that has been subject to a fair share of controversy has now hit a road block from a wing of the Government itself. The Supervisory Council on Intellectual Property (SCIP) which was the planned administrative mechanism in “Mission IPR” has been shot down by the Finance Department which has refused to appoint technical staff, on grounds that the staff from other wings of the Law Department could be relocated for this process instead. What is Mission…


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Copyright

Where do I file my suit?: Jurisdictional issues in IPRS v. Sanjay Dalia


Our readers will remember that in September we had reported about the reference made by Justice Bhat with respect to the important question of jurisdiction in the Banyan Tree case. While that reference made to the Division Bench is now underway, yet another decision from the Delhi High Court has come to our attention examining the same, basic question of jurisdiction. In IPRS v. Sanjay Dalia, the Delhi High Court was faced with a question of alleged public screening of…


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SpicyIP Events: Training Programme, NIIPM Nagpur


In yet another laudable effort to raise awareness of the rights related to intellectual property, the National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (NIIPM) has decided to organise a Training Programme in Nagpur starting today 17th November 2008, for five days at the NIIPM between 9 30AM to 5 30PM. The Training Programme is on an Advance Training Course on Patents for IPR Related persons from Industries , IPR Cell, Scientists, R&D or Attorneys/Legal Professionals. This is one of the many…


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Call for final contributions: Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law


The Indian Journal of Intellectual property law, a NALSAR University of Law publication, is calling for final contributions for the second issue of its journal. With an impressive advisory panel (comprising of several eminent persons such as Hon’ble Justice CK Thakker, Prof. Anil Gupta, Mr. Anil Sinha from the WIPO, Shamnad Basheer, Prof. Johanna Gibson, Joseph Beck, Mr. Peter Ganea- to name a few), and with one sucessful issue already out, the Journal is now looking for articles by students,…


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