SpicyIP Tidbits: Sobhraj enforcing his IP rights.


Talking about people who are aware of their IP rights, here is (in)famous Charles Sobhraj is all set to sue filmmaker, Prawaal Raman, who is currently filming a movie titled ‘Charles and I’ based on the convict’s life. He has already sent the filmmaker a notice in this regard. After evading police for several years, Sobhraj is currently serving a sentence of life imprisonment in Nepal for the murder of an American tourist. IBN reports that earlier this week Sobhraj…


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Drug Regulation

Pricing on the other side of the globe: Drug Manufaturers speak up in Canada.


If developing countries, thought that the problem with strict regulations, generic drugs and pricing only affected one side of the globe, latest developments in Canada definitely prove them wrong. Canadian generic drug manufacturers are urging their Parliament (and even considering going to Court) to forfeit the idea of new regulations that if implemented, would delay their ability to reproduce drugs, including Viagra and Lipitor. Previously, a manufacturer could (through a Court order) block Health Canada’s approval of the generic competitor…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: GI Protection on Rice redundant.


SpicyIP has blogged frequently on the advantages of enforcing Intellectual Property and off late, the rise in GI filing in India has pleasantly surprised us all. However, as the Economic Times reports, the recent ban on export of rice to cool down inflation seems to have contradicted the government’s own GI protectionist policy. While the ban has not hit the fragrant and popular Basmati, it has effectively blocked local efforts (that are protected or soon to be protected by GIs)…


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Differential Pricing: Smart ways to make inroads in the Indian market.


Shamnad recently posted on the differential pricing for Merck’s anti-diabetic drug Januvia. With this success under its belt, seems like Merck is set to start off a full fledged alternate pricing campaign in India to suit the ‘Indian pocket’, with patent approval already received for two of its drugs that help tackle obesity and dyslipidemia. The drugs are yet to receive DGCI approval, and are still in advanced Phase III trials, and the Economic Times reports that this strategy is…


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SpicyIP Tidbits: IP in Free Trade Agreement


The Financial Express reports that Commerce Minister Kamal Nath is all set to make IP a part of the free trade agreement to be finalised by early 2009 between India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)- established in 1960 and comprising of countries such as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. While earlier the EFTA and India had a joint study group, they now plan to move towards a broad-based trade and investment agreement after positive recommendations and feedback. This…


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Drug Regulation

SpicyIP Tidbits: Allegations on Wrongful Promotion of Erlocip refuted.


Just recently, SpicyIP reported the allegedly wrong promotion of Erlocip as a drug that treats 4 forms of cancer, while this was supposedly possible. This matter was to be looked into by the DGCI. Now LiveMint that first covered this story, also has a scoop on the denial of this charge by Erlocip’s manufacturer Cipla. Responding to a letter seeking clarification from the DGCI, the Company through its CEO, has denied all allegations on merit and has stated that as…


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Patent

Contextualising the Patent Regime.


As a law student, I am constantly reminded to always contextualise any principles that I may learn as a part of my syllabus. Mechanical application is not just brushed aside by professors of law, and is abhorred by the more competent ones. What this means in much simpler terms, is that no principle can be applied across the board- one should always look at prevailing circumstances and apply the principle accordingly. In this light, I just read an article by…


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Patent

SpicyIP Tidbit: The Railways patent!


In a major development that will open new vistas for the Konkan Railway, the Anti-Collision Device (ACD) developed by Konkan Railway, has been granted a patent in China, Russia and Singapore, opening up possibilities of export of the technology in future. It was first successfully tested by the Konkan Railway on the North East Frontier Railway covering a route of 1,924 km. Konkan Railway had applied for patents across the world in several countries and this grant follows the patent…


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Copyright

SpicyIP Tidbit: Indian Filmmaker complains about American Piracy.


And in a patent heavy blog of late, seems like copyright infringement is making a comeback into the spotlight. And how! If you thought only the Indian enforcement systems were complained about, this news report may indicate a switcheroo! Recently, on April 22, 2008, the anti-piracy drive from India took its battle and made representations before the US Congress. This was done to mark World IP Day, in recognition of talented creators around the globe. In a market, where Indian…


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Copyright

JK Rowling- Copyright hog?!


People across the globe are hugely fascinated with the immensely successful Harry Potter series by author JK Rowling. But after the release of the seventh and last book, Ms. Rowling has gone all out to stop any infringement on her work. Recently, Ms. Rowling along with Warner Bros. Entertainment is suing RDR Books, a small publisher in Michigan, to prevent the sale of an online ‘A-to-Z guide’ to the HP Series. The case put forth by Ms. Rowling seems simple…


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