Patent Trademark

Openly Accessing the Old Annual Patents and Trademarks Reports


Of late, the Indian IP authorities have been making sincere efforts towards improving open access to IP data. Although these efforts are indeed laudable, much remains to be done. For instance, the Annual Reports of the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks for years prior to 2002 are not yet available on its website. Only the reports for the years 2002-2016 can be found on the website. This was recently brought to our attention by…


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Copyright

Should Shankar Pay Royalty for Making a Sequel to His Own Film?


We are pleased to bring to you a guest post on sequel rights 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). Should Shankar Pay Royalty for Making a Sequel to his Own Film? Swaroop Mamidipudi In the last episode of the first season of Tamil Bigg Boss, Kamal Hassan and maverick Tamil director Shankar, who has a crazy cult…


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Others

SpicyIP Jobs: Jean Monnet Geographical Indications Visiting Fellow at ANU Centre for European Studies


We are pleased to announce that the ANU Centre for European Studies (ANUCES) is inviting applications for the Jean Monnet Geographical Indications Fellowship. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2017. For further details, please read the post below: ANU Centre for European Studies Jean Monnet Geographical Indications Visiting Fellowship ANU Centre for European Studies (ANUCES) has been awarded an EU Jean Monnet grant to undertake a project on geographical indications (GIs). The core of the project is collecting all available empirical…


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Copyright Trademark

Copyright Surrogacy: Cracking through the Holes to Re-Constitute Exclusivity over Public Domain Works


We are pleased to bring to you a guest post on copyright surrogacy by Simrat Kaur. Simrat is a New Delhi based IP lawyer. She pursued her undergraduate law course from Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab and masters law course from National University of Singapore. After having worked with leading Indian law firms (Anand & Anand and Luthra & Luthra Law Offices), she has recently started independent practice under the banner “The Endretta”. While working with the said law…


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Patent

German Federal Patent Court Grants Compulsory License on an HIV Drug Patent


We are pleased to bring to you a guest post by Dr. Thorsten Dierkes and Dr. Anuradha Sharma. Dr. Thorsten is a qualified European and German Patent Attorney who is currently establishing an IP department for BASF in Mumbai and Dr. Anuradha is an IP Counsel at BASF. German Federal Patent Court Grants Compulsory License on an HIV Drug Patent Dr. Thorsten Dierkes & Dr. Anuradha Sharma Compulsory licenses (CL) are sovereign state authorizations which enable a third party to…


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Events

SpicyIP Events: Shrujan 2017, an IP Law Fest at Nirma University, Ahmedabad


We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights, Institute of Law, Nirma University is organizing Shrujan 2017, an IP Fest, on 18th November, 2017. The fest aims to bring the interface of Intellectual Property with cultural heritage of the country to the notice of the legal fraternity as well as other stakeholders by facilitating an academic discussion on Traditional Knowledge and Geographical Indications. The University would be hosting renowned dignitaries from the industry and academia having expertise…


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Patent

Federal Circuit Adds More Clarity (or Confusion) in Amgen v. Sanofi


We are pleased to bring to you a guest post by Adarsh Ramanujan. Adarsh is an Advocate with Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan, New Delhi, primarily assisting clients as a litigation attorney. He obtained his B.Sc. LL.B. (Hons.) degree (Gold Medalist) from National Law University, Jodhpur  and LL.M. degree from University of California, Berkeley. A major portion of his time is spent, practicing in the areas of IP & Technology Laws as well as in International Trade Law. His expertise also extends to…


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Events

SpicyIP Events: Vidhi Policy Challenge on ‘Blockchain Technology’


We are pleased to announce that Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy is organising a team-based competition called the Vidhi Policy Challenge this year. It is meant for law students in 3rd, 4th and 5th year of the five-year programme and final year of the three-year programme. The theme for the inaugural edition of this competition is ‘Blockchain Technology’ and its integration with public policy. For further details, please read the post below: Vidhi Policy Challenge Introduction Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy…


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Patent

Mannivanan v. IPAB & Ors.: Of Revocation, Anticipation and An Abandoned Patent Application


We are happy to bring to you a guest post on a recent Madras HC decision in a patent case by Rishabh Anjay Mohnot. Rishabh is a 3rd year student at NUJS, Kolkata. Mannivanan v. IPAB & Ors.: Of Revocation, Anticipation and An Abandoned Patent Application Rishabh Anjay Mohnot Recently, the Madras High Court dismissed a writ petition challenging the dismissal of a revocation application by the IPAB and demanding the records pertaining to the dismissal. This case is worth…


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Others

Launch of a Book on ASEAN IP, ‘International Intellectual Property and the ASEAN Way: Pathways to Interoperability’


We are happy to bring to our readers a short blurb on a new book on ASEAN IP, ‘International Intellectual Property and the ASEAN Way: Pathways to Interoperability’, that has been edited by Prof. Elizabeth Siew-Kuan Ng of National University of Singapore and Prof. Graeme Austin of Victoria University of Wellington. The book was launched at the EW Barker Centre for Law and Business at the National University of Singapore on 19th September, 2017. “ASEAN IP Interoperability” – A New Paradigm…


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