Others

SpicyIP Jobs: Trade & IP Analyst, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Access Campaign [New Delhi]


We’re glad to inform our readers that Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Access Campaign is looking to hire a Trade and Intellectual Property Analyst. This is a full time position based in New Delhi. The deadline for submitting applications is August 19, 2018. For further details, please read the post below: Trade and Intellectual Property Analyst, MSF Access Campaign [New Delhi] Job Description Position: Trade and Intellectual Property Analyst Location: New Delhi, India Contract: Permanent, full time position Reporting to: India…


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Trademark

Some Reflections on the WTO Panel Ruling in the Plain Packaging Dispute: Pulling the Rug from under Your Legs and Missed Opportunities – Part II


In Part I of this two-part guest post on the WTO Panel Report in the tobacco plain packaging dispute, Adarsh argued that the Panel didn’t get everything right in holding that the Tobacco Plain Packaging Measures (TPP measures) do not violate the TRIPs Agreement and discussed three points on which he believes the Panel went wrong. In Part II of the post below, he argues that the Complainants also didn’t raise all the right arguments and missed some important ones. Some Reflections…


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Trademark

Some Reflections on the WTO Panel Ruling in the Plain Packaging Dispute: Pulling the Rug from under Your Legs and Missed Opportunities – Part I


We are pleased to bring to you a two-part guest post by Adarsh Ramanujan on the WTO Panel Report in the tobacco plain packaging dispute. Adarsh is an advocate primarily assisting clients as a litigation attorney. He has recently started his own counsel practice with offices in Delhi and Chennai after having spent considerable time with Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan at their New Delhi and Geneva offices. He obtained his B.Sc. LL.B. (Hons.) degree (Gold Medalist) from National Law University, Jodhpur  and…


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Patent

The Morality of Sexual Pleasure: Patent Office Training?


(This post has been co-authored with Prof. Shamnad Basheer) Yesterday, we highlighted a problematic Patent Office decision, rejecting a claim to a sexual stimulation device (a unique vibrator) on the grounds of immorality under Section 3(b) of the Patents Act. More specifically, the Controller held: 1. That an apparently innocuous looking sex aid device to further intimacy between couples is “obscene” 2. That the said device is not “useful or productive” 3. That the law does not take kindly to…


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Events

SpicyIP Events: NLU Delhi’s Certificate Course on IP Licensing & Competition Law and Workshop on SEPs [Aug 22-26, New Delhi]


We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property, and Competition (CIIPC) at National Law University, Delhi will be conducting a five-day Certificate Course on IP Licensing and Competition Law from August 22 to August 26, 2018. As part of the course, a two-day workshop on SEPs: Patent & Antitrust Issues in High-Tech World will be conducted by Prof. Jay Kesan and Dr. Kirti Gupta on August 25 and 26, 2018. The deadline for sending applications for both…


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Others

India’s IP Policy: A Bare Act?


(This post has been co-authored with Prof. Shamnad Basheer) It’s been more than two years since India’s National IPR Policy was first announced. Mired in one controversy after another, this policy has been the subject of much heated discussion and debate. We bring you the first ever comprehensive assessment of this policy, weighing in on its pros and cons (spoiler art: the cons far outweigh the pros!). Thankfully our analysis has been published in the Indian Journal of Law and…


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Plant Variety Protection

Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (III): Setting Arbitrary DUS Standards For Extant Varieties?


We are pleased to bring to you the third post in an ongoing series of perceptive posts by Prof. (Dr.) N.S. Gopalakrishnan on India’s problematic plant varieties’ regime. The first and second post in the series can be viewed here and here. Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (III): Setting Arbitrary DUS Standards For Extant Varieties? Prof. (Dr.) N.S. Gopalakrishnan A new plant variety is registered under the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act only if it satisfies the criteria…


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Others

IIPRD and K&K Offer Crash Course for Patent Agent Examination 2018


We are pleased to inform you that IIPRD along with Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys (K&K) is offering a crash course for preparation for the Patent Agent Examination (PAE) 2018, which is tentatively scheduled to be held on 28th October, 2018. For further details of the course, please read the post below. Crash Course For Cracking Patent Agent Examination (PAE) 2018: By Senior Practicing Professionals Of IIPRD, And Khurana & Khurana, Advocates And IP Attorneys (K&K) IIPRD along…


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Events

SpicyIP Events: The Sports Law & Policy Symposium 2018 [August 17-18, New Delhi]


We are pleased to inform our readers that the Sports Law and Policy Centre (SLPC), Bangalore is organising the second edition of the SLPC Symposium on August 17-18, 2018 at the India International Centre, New Delhi. Apart from sports law issues, some of the issues which will be discussed in the Symposium include refreshing sports broadcasting regulation in India, whether celebrities should be held liable for the products they endorse etc. For further details of the event, please read the…


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Biological Diversity

Protecting India’s Biodiversity: Are we all Criminals?


We are pleased to bring to you an insightful guest post by Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati on the interpretational and other issues in respect of India’s Biological Diversity Act and Rules. Dr. Pisupati is an internationally renowned conservation and development specialist with close to three decades of experience working at national, regional and international levels, holding positions such as Vice-Chancellor, TransDisciplinary University (TDU, India), Chief of Biodiversity, Land Law and Governance programmes at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, Kenya), Senior Policy…


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