Patent

Merck’s (Atomic Energy) Patent – Fizzles!!


We are happy to bring to you another guest post by Sribindu Chivukula. Sribindu graduated in Chemistry from State University of New York, Buffalo in the year 2012. She is a registered Indian patent agent and is presently associated with a leading law firm based out of Delhi. All views expressed in the post are her personal views.       Merck’s (Atomic Energy) Patent – Fizzles!! Sribindu Chivukula This post discusses the case where a national phase patent application (2996/KOLNP/2009) filed by Merck…


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Events

SpicyIP Events: 5th Annual Global IP Conclave & Awards 2016, Mumbai


SpicyIP is happy to announce the 5th Annual Global Intellectual Property (IP) Conclave & Awards 2016 (GIPCA) that will take place on November 10 & 11, 2016 in Mumbai. GIPCA is an industry leading event dedicated to bringing together IP owners, experts, lawyers and investors to address key challenges and operational issues faced by companies and IP professionals today. As an industry networking platform, the Conclave provides meaningful and valuable insights in IP generation as well as managing, protecting, enforcing…


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Plant Variety Protection

On Bt Cotton, FRAND Licensing and Recent Governmental Initiatives: Putting Things in Context – II


In Part I of this guest post, Dr. Mrinalini Kochupillai recommended against immediate incorporation of Bt technology into all cotton seeds (typical or hybrid) in India. In Part II of the post below, she discusses the reasons for this recommendation.     On Bt Cotton, FRAND Licensing and Recent Governmental Initiatives: Putting Things in Context – II Dr. Mrinalini Kochupillai Promoting Indigenous Private Sector R&D It may well be pure conjecture that the government’s efforts to reduce the price of Bt technology under its…


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Plant Variety Protection

On Bt Cotton, FRAND Licensing and Recent Governmental Initiatives: Putting Things in Context – I


We are happy to bring to you a two part guest post by one of our former bloggers, Dr. Mrinalini Kochupillai. Mrinalini is a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich and a Program Director and faculty member at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC). She has been associated with the MIPLC and the Max Planck Institute since 2008, first as an independent MIPLC research fellow (2008-2009) and then as a doctoral fellow with the International…


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Patent

Puzzling Patents


We are happy to bring to you an interesting guest post by Jasneet Kaur. Jasneet is an independent legal practitioner with extensive experience in trade mark law, having worked with the IPR divisions of two leading law firms in Delhi. This post is in response to an e-mail sent by Prof. Basheer to our subscribers last week, wherein he kickstarted a new column on weird/interesting patents with a 1965 patent for an apparatus for facilitating the birth of a child by centrifugal force….


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Copyright

The End of the Dishoom Saga: Better “Blocking” Message and Neutral Ombudsman


By the looks of it, the Dishoom John Doe saga appears to have come to a close. Well almost! In an order passed three days ago, Justice Patel asked all ISPs to replace a faulty error message that caused much problem in public perception. He also pressed the need for a neutral ombudsman for verification of plaintiffs’ claims and resolution of blocking disputes; an idea proposed by Prof. Basheer and developed in a recent piece in the Wire. But first…


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Patent

Cipla Withdraws Revocation Plea for Novartis’ Onbrez Patents, Informs DIPP in an RTI Reply


Many of our readers may have been wondering about the status of the application that Cipla made to DIPP in October 2014 for revocation of Novartis’ patents for the drug Onbrez. DIPP’s recent reply to an RTI application (RTI) has put an end to this wondering. Mr. Pradeep Kumar, who filed about 27 RTIs between October 2014 and June 2016 seeking the status of this application, was informed by the DIPP on June 13 that the application had been withdrawn…


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Copyright

Injured Induna Comes to Patel’s Court in John Doe Matter


In some of our earlier posts, we have covered the traumatic story of Mr. Adarsh Agarwal, the proprietor of the website ‘www.induna.com’ that was blocked under the Bombay High Court’s John Doe order in the Great Grand Masti (“GGM”) case. In the latest order issued in this case the day before, Justice Patel acted on an e-mail received by him from Induna and has handed over its copies to the lawyer of the plaintiff, Balaji Motion Pictures as well as…


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Others

SpicyIP Jobs: Patent Engineers, Agents and Attorneys at Clairvolex


SpicyIP is happy to announce that Clairvolex, as part of its global expansion, is setting up an Expert Center (EC) in Bangalore, India and is looking to hire patent engineers, patent agents and patent attorneys for it. This will be the company’s fourth EC after Gurgaon, IN, Salt Lake City, UT and Seattle, WA. The goal is to build expert teams to handle global patent portfolio development and patent monetization functions. The EC team in Bangalore will be led by…


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Patent

ET invites comments on an article on GM technology licensing in India


The Economic Times has invited public comments on an article, titled “GoI must not interfere between GM technology providers and licensees”, published in yesterday’s edition of the newspaper. This article has been written by Dr. C.S. Prakash, a professor at the Plant Genetics and Genomics department of Tuskegee University in the US. Licensing of GM technology is one of the most contentious IP issues in India today. We have covered it here and here. Our readers are encouraged to participate…


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