The AWS Report on IP in India: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


The overwhelming response to the previous post on the allegations of corruption in the IPO has led SpicyIP to also undertake a study into the AWS Report that the Mint had referred to in its investigation. Austria Wirtschaftsservice inquired on behalf of the Austrian Ministry of Commerce and Labour between 11.02.2008 and 29.02.2008 with several official IPR institutions and private IPR service providers in India about the current national IPR situation in regard to foreign entities. The supreme objective was…


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SpicyIP reacts to the Mint Report on alleged corruption in the Indian Patent Offices


With the filing of patents almost doubling in number over the last few years, the Patent Offices in India have increasingly been in the focus of the media since the revised Patent Regime took force in India in 2004. Recently, the Mint carried out an investigation, and has also referred to a report published by an Austrian Government entity, to examine the reported nexus between Government officials and patent agents from private law firms. Austria’s Wirtschaftsservice (AWS), an entity mandated…


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Open Source Research Programme Launched by CSIR


Mid-month, the CSIR has launched the ‘Open Source Drug Discovery’ (OSDD) programme. Conceptualised by CSIR Director General Samir K. Brahmachari, the project seeks to initiate Tuberculosis research since there has been no major scientific breakthrough in its treatment since 1960. (Our readers will remember Mrinalini’s interview with Mr. Bramhachari earlier this year) Drawing their inspiration from open source movements, the Programme seeks to build a consortium of voluntary researchers from across the world to work around the patent regime that…


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Delhi High Court considers questions of IP Jurisdiction in Banyan Tree case: Omnipresent or still rooted??


Just when Indian IP started to move towards complex questions and policy decisions, the Banyan Tree case heard by the Delhi High Court comes along to address basic questions of jurisdiction. The case revolves around the decision of the appropriate forum for a case to be heard in the cases of jurisdiction where the cause of action lies on the World Wide Web. The case that was brought before Justice Bhat of the Delhi High Court is straightforward, and the…


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Two Indians in the Managing Intellectual Property’s Most Influential.


Leading IP Magazine Managing Intellectual Property (which you may access from the link on our blog) has come out with a list of Asia-Pacific’s 50 most influential people. With the Director General of the WHO, Magaret Chan heading the list, it comes as no surprise that two very capable countrymen of our own are in the top 10 of the compiled list- NN Prasad and Kapil Sibal. “Naresh Prasad has the challenging task of ensuring that the country’s IP infrastructure…


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Indian Bayh Dole to contain criminal provisions?


A news report recently states that Indian legislators plan on including criminal penalties under the Indian Bayh Dole Bill. Already the centre of much controversy, this inclusion could have more people up in arms about the passing of the Bill, and create further hurdles in India having it’s first ever Bayh Dole styled legislation. What is the Indian Bayh Dole Bill? For our newer readers and a quick recall for our older readership, the Public Funded R&D (Protection, Utilisation and…


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Debate over IP Manual continues.


The much anticipated first of several meetings discussing the Draft Patent Manual was chaired by NN Prasad in New Delhi on July 22nd, 2008. The meeting called to air views on applications in various areas of patents- biodiversity, software, pharmaceuticals, and e-filing, had interesting results. While the aim of these meetings is gather opinion and ultimately reach consensus on how the Manual of Patent Practice will serve as a guide for examiners as to interpretation of Sections such as S….


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New Kid on the Block: The Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law


SpicyIP is pleased to announce that the arena of academic writing in India now has it’s first student-run Intellectual Property Journal. With the first issue of the journal released only last month, the Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law already boasts of an extremely impressive advisory panel which aids the Board of Editors (headed by Dr. VK Unni- Faculty, NALSAR and assisted by a capable team of student editors). Published annually by NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad under the patronage…


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SpicyIP Events: Conference on Traditional Knowledge in New Delhi.


The National Institute for Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR) set up under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is organizing the “National Conference on Traditional Knowledge Systems, Intellectual Property Rights and their relevance for Sustainable Development”. The three day conference, from the 24th of November, 2008 and ending on the 26th of November, will be held in the National Agricultural Science Complex in New Delhi. While understanding the dynamism that Traditional Knowledge offers a legal system and…


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Substandard manufacturing investigated: Ranbaxy under the microscope


Indian manufacturer Ranbaxy is in the news yet again. And, in a trend that seems not too surprising, it’s in the news for all the wrong reasons. Currently, Ranbaxy is under contract with the American Government to provide antiretroviral drugs (for HIV/AIDS) at a lower cost. However, these very drugs are now under the microscope, with investigations last month instituted to examine whether the same are substandard, impotent or unstable. ProPublica (an independent, non-profit newsroom that hopes to bring to…


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