Copyright

IRRO and Publishers’ Associations API and FIP Intervene in the DU Photocopy Case


In the latest development in the DU photocopy case, the Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation (IRRO) and two publishers’ associations, namely, the Association of Publishers in India (API) and the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP) have intervened in the appeal pending before the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court against the Single Judge’s judgment dated September 16, 2016. The intervention applications filed by them (available here, here and here) were allowed by Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Yogesh Khanna on…


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Patent

Anti-Climax or a Win-Win for All: FDA Approves Olmesartan Generics


    We are pleased to bring to our readers a guest post by Mayank Dixit. Mayank works in the IP cell of a multinational pharma company in Mumbai.     Anti-Climax or a Win-Win for All: FDA Approves Olmesartan Generics Mayank Dixit Last week, the FDA approved generic versions of Olmesartan and its combinations with amlodipine and/or hydrochlorothiazide. The development would have been quite a ho-hum affair but for the 180-day exclusivity granted to Mylan for its generic equivalents…


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Patent

Taking the Patent Agent Exam Seriously


We are glad to bring to you a guest post by Dr. Feroz Ali Khader. Dr. Ali is the MHRD IPR Chair Professor at IIT Madras and as a part of the Chair activity, he is offering a free course to provide training for taking the Patent Agent Examination 2016, which is scheduled to take place on November 27, 2016. Taking the Patent Agent Exam Seriously Dr. Feroz Ali Khader On the face of it, the Patent Agents don’t seem to be…


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Events

SpicyIP Events: Panel Discussion on Copyright and Course Packs: A Collision of Competing Values?


We are happy to announce that the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC) and the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) have organised a panel discussion on Copyright and Course Packs: A Collision of Competing Values?. The discussion will take place from 6 to 8 pm (UTC) on November 24, 2016 at Somerville College in Oxford. In the panel discussion the representatives of the publishers involved in the DU photocopy case (The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford and Ors v. Rameshwari Photocopy…


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Copyright

Is the Import of Books into India too ‘Tax’ing? Debunking the Myth


We are happy to bring to you a guest post by Tejas Popat, a 2nd year student at the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata. In this post, Tejas debunks the myth that the books imported into India are expensive due to a high import duty.   Is the Import of Books into India too ‘Tax’ing? Debunking the Myth Tejas Popat It is widely recognized that academic books often need to be imported to make them available in India. A…


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Others

Bias in Industry Funded Research: A Problem of Funding Source or Lack of Openness in Research?


We are glad to bring to you a guest post by Dr. Arul George Scaria on industry funded research/conferences and bias, a recently much debated issue on our blog. Dr. Scaria is an Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC) at National Law University, Delhi. The views expressed is this post are his personal and he wishes to thank Kuhuk Jain and Shreyashi Ray for their critical comments on this post. Bias in Industry Funded…


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Events

SpicyIP Events: 1st National Constitutional Law Olympiad by ILS Law College & MKCL


  We are pleased to announce the 1st National Constitutional Law Olympiad being organised by ILS Law College, Pune and Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) in January-February 2017 in commemoration of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.   Eligibility The competition is open to all students pursuing 5 year or 3 year LL.B. course from Indian colleges/universities. There is no cap on number of participants from each college/university. Registration Online registration will be open from October 20, 2016 to…


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Privacy

YouTube: The Bi-Polar Behemoth


We are happy to bring to you a guest post on a recent order by the Madras High Court directing Google and You Tube to disclose the identity and IP address of the user who uploaded an allegedly defamatory video about Lebara Foundation. The author of this post wishes to remain anonymous.   YouTube: The Bi-Polar Behemoth Anonymous Recently on Spicy IP, Rahul wrote an excellent post describing YouTube’s most recent over-zealous efforts to police content on their website. In short, YouTube’s…


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Copyright

Dispelling the Myth that the DU Photocopy Judgment Permits Photocopying of Entire Books


Justice Endlaw’s judgment in the DU photocopy case, while hailed as historic by many for having endorsed the right to educational access in India, has been criticized by some as one that would lead to the decline of academic publishing in India. One of the criticisms, raised also as a ground of appeal by the publishers, has been that the judgment does not place any numerical restriction on the unauthorized photocopying of books by educational institutions permitted under Section 52(1)(i)…


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Events

SpicyIP Events: GIAN Course on IPRs and International Economics Development


  We are happy to announce that a GIAN course on Intellectual Property Rights and International Economics Development will be conducted from December 12-16, 2016 at IIT, Indore. The last date to register for the course is November 7, 2016.   About the Course This is a survey course on the international aspects of intellectual property protection.  As Carsten Fink, the Chief Economist of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency, put it: “It is hard to find…


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