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Prarthana Patnaik

Prarthana Patnaik is a final year law student at National Law University Odisha. Her main interests lie in copyright, open access and technology laws. She can be reached for queries and topic suggestions at [email protected]

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SpicyIP Weekly Review (25th February-3rd March)


Divij broke the news about Spotify’s launch in India. In his post, he covers the legal battle between Spotify and Warner Chappel Music Ltd. before the Bombay HC. He also analyses the applicability of Section 31D of the Copyright Act to the facts of the case. He further questions Spotify’s decision to opt for statutory licensing in light of the principles laid down in IPRS v. Aditya Pandey decision. Pankhuri notified us about a conference on “A 3-D Perspective on…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (18th February-24th February)


Eashan Ghosh wrote a guest post on a recent decision of the Calcutta High Court in a 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 called the Darjeeling Lounge in one of its hotels. In his analysis of the decision, he focussed upon the interpretation of the Court with regard to limitation under Section 26(4) and passing off under Section…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (28th January-3rd February)


Divij wrote a post  about the recently released draft intermediary guidelines. In his post, he specifically focusses on Draft Rule 3(9) which provides for “automated tools” and “appropriate mechanisms” for identifying “unlawful” online content. Noting the response to the similar proposed changes to the EU Copyright Directive, he analyses the various adverse impacts the Rules may have on copyright  law and access to knowledge. Rishabh wrote about a worrying development in the IPAB; the Board has allegedly been conducting hearings…


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When IP Law and Cultural Appropriation Meet At a Crossroad…


Can a culture die? It’s debatable. Can a culture be erased from the memories of the public and/or assimilated completely into a dominant culture? When we think of the loss of several Indian languages, the whitewashing of our favourite Disney heroes, the loss of cultural identities of indigenous people across the world and other similar instances, it seems quite plausible, doesn’t it? And this issue lies at the heart of the discourse surrounding cultural appropriation. Quite simply put, cultural appropriation is the…


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Rajat Sharma v/s Zee Media-Delhi HC’s Latest Order on Personality Rights


In an order passed a few days ago, the Delhi High Court issued an injunction against Zee Media from using Rajat Sharma’s name in all its print and electronic advertisements. It further directed the defendants to remove all hoardings across the country which mention Mr. Sharma’s name. Here’s a brief background of the case at hand. For promoting its new channel, Zee Hindustan, the defendants had published the following advertisement on January 9, 2019 in the front page of the HIndustan Times: In the guise…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (January 7-13)


Thematic Highlight  We had a guest post on the issue of whether Braille, as a language, is capable of translation, reproduction or adaptation. The author first analyses the nature of Braille and comes to the conclusion that it’s a universal code for all languages and hence, can only be transliterated and not translated. She then analyses whether the conversion of a literary work to Braille would constitute adaptation or reproduction under the Act. She also goes on to analyse whether the…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (December 31-January 6)


We started 2019 with a bang-and quite a few interesting posts! Thematic Highlight  We had an enlightening guest post related to the Mosanto v. Nuziveedu case. In her post, the author notes that the Delhi HC had relied on a number of European precedents to conclude that Monsanto’s claimed invention covering the Bt gene construct and a process for preparing the transgenic Bt Cotton plant amounted to an “essentially biologically process” (which is excluded under Section 3(j) of the Patent…


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A Look Back at India’s Top IP Developments of 2018


Here’s wishing all our readers a Happy New Year! We hope 2018 lived up to your expectations. If it didn’t, forget about it. It’s in the past now – best leave it there as 2019 beckons! As always, we take this time to reflect upon the year gone by – taking a walk down memory lane to recount all the exciting developments that took place in 2018, and reshaped the Indian IP landscape. This year, we’ve divided the developments into…


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Delhi HC: Clearing the Confusion Around Design-Trademark Overlaps


A few days ago, I had written a post on the Delhi HC’s judgment in Greenlight Planet India Pvt. Ltd. vs Gee Lighting Technology dealing with a design-trademark overlap. The Court, in this order, had deliberated on the issue of whether a separate suit of passing off can be filed for a registered design after having filed a prior suit of design infringement. In their order, they limited their analysis to Order II, Rule 2 of the CPC (which does not allow…


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SpicyIP Fortnightly Review (December 3-16)


This week, I had written a post on a recent Delhi HC decision dealing with a design-trademark overlap. In my post, I briefly discuss previous judicial decisions dealing with similar overlaps. I then cover the (in)famous Micolube decision and Prof. Basheer’s take on the same. Finally, I conclude that the provisions of the Design Act does not allow one to claim a remedy for passing off for a registered design and that the Delhi HC failed to consider this issue…


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