Author name: Mathews P. George

Mathews is a graduate of National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. He pursued LLM in 'IP and Competition Law' from the Munich Intellectual Property Law Centre (jointly run by Max Plank Institute for Innovation and Competition, University of Augsburg, Technical University of Munich and George Washington University, Washington).

An Earnest call for responsible reporting

The Hindustan Times (HT), quoting the joint report issued by the World Health Organisation, UNAIDS, and UNICEF, reports that over one million HIV/AIDS patients in India do not have access to anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment. India is ranked third, after South Africa and Kenya, in scaling up access towards ARV treatment. An estimated 3,20,074 patients received ARV therapy in India till the end of last year as compared to 2,34,581 patients in the previous year. According to the report, between 1.1 …

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Local pharma in patent rush

The DNA news report titled “Pot-kettle? Local pharma in patent rush” criticises domestic pharma companies such as Cipla, Natco and Wockhardt which file oppositions against trivial patenting and simultaneously file patent claims for molecular tweaks. It quotes Amit Sengupta, general secretary of All India Peoples Science Network on its argument that Indian pharma firms have become aggressive on claiming patents. The trend is set to rise in future. The domestic market is expected to be worth $20 billion in five …

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