Patent

Patent Office’s Answer to a Patent Agent Exam 2016 Question Challenged before the Bombay High Court


We had, earlier this year, brought to you a guest post by Dinesh Parmar, one of the candidates who wrote the Patent Agent Exam 2016, wherein he had argued that answers to two of the Paper-I Set C questions as provided in the answer key published by the Patent Office were incorrect. While answer to one of the two questions (i.e. Q. 49) was rectified by the Patent Office on February 2, there has been no clarification issued for answer to Q….


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SpicyIP Fellowship 2017-18: Legal Ownership of ‘Khadi’ amidst the KVIC/Fabindia Dispute


We are pleased to bring to you another guest post by our Fellowship applicant Madhurima Gadre. Madhurima is a 4th year student at NLU, Jodhpur. This is her second submission for the Fellowship. Legal Ownership of ‘Khadi’ amidst the KVIC/Fabindia Dispute Madhurima Gadre The instances of fabric and apparel companies cashing in on Khadi’s reputation are not new. Read our previous post about a German company named Khadi Natureprodukte which registered the term ‘khadi’ in its trademark with the Office for…


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Events

SpicyIP Events: FICCI’s World IP Day 2017 Conference on “Innovation to Drive Business and Competitiveness”


We are glad to announce that FICCI is commemorating the World IP Day 2017 by organizing a Conference “Innovation to Drive Business and Competitiveness” on April 28, 2017 at the Park Hotel, New Delhi. The deadline for registration is April 25, 2017. For further details, please read FICCI’s post below: In recent years, increasing awareness on IP has spawned a new wave of technological innovations, leading to rapid economic growth and development. As businesses grow and attract competition, the need to identify,…


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SpicyIP Events: FICCI’s Online Certificate Course on Competition Law & IPR


We are pleased to announce that registration has commenced for the May-June 2017 session of the online certificate course on IPR and competition law conducted by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). The last date for registration is April 30, 2017. For further details, please read their post below: “About the Course Any business and legal decision of a modern day corporations are intertwined. As distinction between roles in the office of CEO and General Counsel diminishes, it is…


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SpicyIP Events: 1st Munich Conference Series on Ethics in Innovation


We are happy to announce that the Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition and the World Forum for Ethics in Business, in partnership with the German Patent & Trade Mark Office, the Peter Löscher Chair of Business Ethics at the Technical University of Munich, and the European Patent Office, are organizing a series of conferences titled the ‘Munich Conference Series on Ethics in Innovation.’ For details, please read their post below: “The Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition and the World Forum for Ethics in Business, in partnership…


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Copyright

SpicyIP Fellowship 2017-18: Should DRM be an Integral Part of the Open Web?


We are pleased to bring to you another guest post by our Fellowship applicant Divij Joshi. Divij graduated from NLS, Bangalore in 2016 and is currently working at a leading law firm in Mumbai. This is his second submission for the Fellowship.   Should DRM be an integral part of the Open Web? Divij Joshi The future of the World Wide Web is the subject of a heated debate as the World Wide Web Consortium (“W3C”), the main standard setting body…


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Inaugural Issue of NLU Jodhpur’s Journal of Intellectual Property Studies Launched


We are happy to inform our readers that the inaugural issue of the Journal of Intellectual Property Studies, established under the auspices of National Law University, Jodhpur, India, has been launched. The journal’s announcement on the launch reads as follows: “The Journal has been established with the goal of disseminating high-quality literature on intellectual property and technology laws. The Journal aims to play a constructive role in shaping discussions in the subject-area and encouraging debate on issues of vital importance. To this…


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A Tale of Two Programs: How are Medicare and Medicaid Changing in the Face of Soaring Medical Costs?


We are pleased to bring to you a paper titled, ‘A Tale Of Two Programs: How Are Medicare And Medicaid Changing In The Face Of Soaring Medical Costs?’, by Jonathan Mentesana, as part of the SpicyIP Discussion Paper Series that we had kick-started here. Jonathan is a student at Texas A&M University School of Law and a certified Pharmacy Technician. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Biology. An overview of his paper can be found below…


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Rubik’s Cube: The Assassination of Artistic Freedoms and Genericide of TM


We are pleased to bring to you a guest post by Bharat Ganesan (name changed, since he wishes to keep his identity confidential), who is an attorney working in the US. This post is in opposition to Rahul’s recent post on the Bombay High Court’s interim injunction order restraining the use of ‘Rubik’s Cube’ as the title of a Marathi film. Rubik’s Cube: The Assassination of Artistic Freedoms and Genericide of TM Bharat Ganesan Dissent might be snuffed out in…


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Patent

Del HC Division Bench Stays Restoration of Seed Companies’ Contracts with Monsanto as Ordered by Single Judge


In a major development, a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court comprising Justice Ravindra Bhat and Justice Yogesh Khanna has granted a stay on the restoration of the license contracts between Monsanto and seed companies as ordered by a Single Judge (Justice R.K. Gauba) on March 28, 2017. Justice Gauba had found Monsanto’s termination of its license contracts with Nuziveedu and other seed companies to be prima facie illegal and temporarily allowed these companies to continue using Monsanto’s patented…


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