Copyright

Section 31D of the Copyright Act Does Not Cover Internet Broadcasting


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Swaroop Mamidipudi. Swaroop is an advocate practicing in copyright law at the Madras High Court. He has guest blogged for us in the past as well (see here and here). Section 31D of the Copyright Act Does Not Cover Internet Broadcasting Swaroop Mamidipudi The Spotify litigation (covered here) centres around the question that has been simmering around the Indian copyright scene for some time – does the statutory licensing regime…


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Biological Diversity

Developing Bio-Cultural Jurisprudence for Securing Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities  – Divya Pharmacy v. UoI


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Alphonsa Jojan. Alphonsa teaches at Tamil Nadu National Law University, Trichy. She has written a guest post for us earlier as well. Developing Bio-Cultural Jurisprudence for Securing Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities – Divya Pharmacy v. UoI Alphonsa Jojan On 21st December, 2018, the Uttarakhand High Court delivered its judgment (previously covered on the blog here) on a contentious issue under the Biological Diversity Act: whether  Indian companies,…


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Patent Plant Variety Protection

Analyzing Subject Matter Excluded from Patenting in the Backdrop of Lawsuits Involving Monsanto


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Kartik Puttiah. Kartik is the co-founder of InvnTree IP Services. He has over thirteen years of experience in patent consulting. He specialises in patent drafting and prosecution, and routinely advises his clients on patent portfolio development. He also works with his clients in addressing patent risks. He obtained his B.E. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management and is also a registered patent and trademark agent. Analyzing Subject Matter Excluded from…


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Others

Reminder : UPenn Law School & IDIA Conference on ‘A 3-D Perspective on Indian IP : Distinct, Diverse and Democratic?’ [March 5, New Delhi]; Registration Closes Tomorrow


A reminder to our readers about the upcoming UPenn Law School & IDIA Conference on ‘A 3-D Perspective on Indian Intellectual Property: Distinct, Diverse and Democratic?’ which we had posted about earlier here. Those interested in attending the conference, please note that registration closes tomorrow, March 2. The conference will be held on March 5 at the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. The valedictory address will be delivered by Justice Ravindra Bhat (Delhi High Court). Also, the proceeds from conference will…


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Events

SpicyIP Events: UPenn Law School & IDIA Conference on ‘A 3-D Perspective on Indian Intellectual Property: Distinct, Diverse and Democratic?’ [March 5; New Delhi]


We’re pleased to announce that University of Pennsylvania Law School and IDIA are organising an IP conference ‘A 3-D Perspective on Indian Intellectual Property: Distinct, Diverse and Democratic?’ on March 5, 2019. The conference will be hosted by the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. It has a stellar cast of speakers drawn from the IP profession, industry, civil society, academia and government. Mr. Rajiv Aggarwal (Joint Secretary, DIPP) will deliver the opening address. And Justice Aftab Alam (who delivered the…


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Geographical Indication Trademark

Certification Trade Marks and GI versus ‘Regular’ Trade Marks: The Calcutta High Court Ruling in Tea Board v. ITC


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Eashan Ghosh on the recent decision of the Calcutta High Court in the GI and Certification TM infringement case filed by the Tea Board of India against ITC for use of ‘Darjeeling’ as part of the name of a refreshment lounge (‘Darjeeling Lounge’) in one of its hotels. Eashan has been in practice as an intellectual property advocate and consultant in New Delhi since 2011, and teaches a seminar on intellectual…


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Patent

Breaking News: Madras HC Upholds Kibow’s Probiotic Patent on Renadyl


In a significant development for Indian patent law, the Madras High Court dismissed a writ petition challenging an IPAB order that effectively upheld a probiotic patent. This is one of the rare Indian cases, where a patent has been upheld by the IPAB and that order has effectively been validated by a High Court. Very well-reasoned, this decision by Justices R. Subbiah and C. Saravanan has important propositions for both patent law and administrative law. But first some background. As we’d…


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Others

Observations About the First IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia Conference


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Sumit Sonkar, a Ph.D. candidate in Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, on his observations on the First IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia Conference, recently held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Observations About the First IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia Conference Sumit Sonkar On January 31 and February 1, 2019, the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) hosted the first IP & Innovation Researchers of…


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Others

SpicyIP Jobs: Full Time & Consultancy Positions at K&S Partners


We’re pleased to inform you that K&S Partners, one of India’s leading IP law firms, is looking to recruit for multiple full time as well as consultancy positions across its offices in Gurgaon, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. For further details, please see the job description for each of these positions below. If you are interested in applying for any of the positions, you may send your resume to Charu Gupta at [email protected] A. Full Time Position (1) Title: Associate Patent Nature…


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Others

Justice Rajagopala Ayyangar Summer Fellowship 2019 [Apply by March 15]


We’re pleased to inform you that the Inter University Centre for Intellectual Property Rights Studies (IUCIPRS), CUSAT is offering two Summer Fellowships under ‘IUCIPRS Justice Rajagopala Ayyangar Summer Fellowship’ program during April to June 2019. IUCIPRS has instituted this Fellowship to encourage teachers interested in IP research in India to spend minimum of two months during summer (April to June) at IUCIPRS undertaking research work in IP. Applications should reach the Director on or before March 15, 2019. The norms…


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