Prashant Reddy

Prashant Reddy

T. Prashant Reddy graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, with a B.A.LLB (Hons.) degree in 2008. He later graduated with a LLM degree (Law, Science & Technology) from the Stanford Law School in 2013. Prashant has worked with law firms in Delhi and in academia in India and Singapore. He is also co-author of the book Create, Copy, Disrupt: India's Intellectual Property Dilemmas (OUP). He has recently been appointed as an Assistant Professor at NALSAR, Hyderabad, starting September 1, 2017.

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DIPP should hold off IPAB appointments until the Attorney General clarifies govt. position on Tribunal Rules


The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has issued an advertisement inviting applications for the following posts at the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB): Vice-Chairperson, Technical Member (trademark), Technical Member (patent) & Technical Member (copyright). This decision of the DIPP to proceed with these appointments is surprising, given the multiple lawsuits filed against the government challenging the constitutionality of not only the Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal and other Authorities (Qualifications, Experience and other Conditions of Service of Members) Rules, 2017…


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Copyright

Turmoil in the Music Industry Continues, as ISRA Suffers Setbacks Before the Delhi High Court – Time for Some Truth & Reconciliation?


A Division Bench of the Delhi High Court led by Justice Ravindra Bhat, on November 2, 2017 recently set aside three compromise decrees recognizing settlement deeds between the controversial Indian Singers Rights Association (ISRA) and two defendants. These lawsuits are not the same ones which we have discussed earlier on this blog, where Single Judges of the Delhi High Court passed strange ex-parte decrees against certain food and drinks establishments who did not take licences from ISRA. The decrees that…


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Copyright

Remember that speech by the Home Minister linking copyright infringement to terrorism, well, I filed a RTI application and…….


A couple of months ago, the Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh, while delivering the keynote speech at the ‘National Workshop on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights’ made some tall claims about how copyright infringement and piracy was funding terrorism. This particular urban legend, linking copyright infringement to terrorism has been the central plank of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for some time now despite there being no convincing evidence actually establishing the link between copyright piracy and…


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Patent

The Cloak of Confidentiality Over the Ericsson Patent Litigation Before the Delhi High Court


As discussed in my previous post, a lot of strange things have taken place in the patent litigation initiated by Ericsson against companies like Micromax, Gionee, Lava etc. For whatever reason, the judges of the Delhi High Court have thought it completely okay to cast aside the procedural safeguards in the law to grant Ericsson remedies that the company is simply not entitled to in law. A related issue, which in my opinion is of serious concern is the ease…


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Patent

Indian Mobile Manufacturers Dragged over the Coals by Ericsson and the Delhi High Court with Little Regard for Procedural Fairness


As many of our readers may be aware, there is long running litigation between Ericsson and Indian mobile phone manufacturers like Micromax, Intex, Lava and Gionee over the alleged infringement of 8 standard essential patents (SEPs) by the latter. We’ve written about it earlier over here, here and here. The intersection of standards and intellectual property rights has for long been a contentious issue but more so in context of the telecom industry. The technological requirement for having standards is…


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Patent

Section 47 Pops Up Again in Patent Litigation Involving a Government Tender for Public Procurement


Our readers from the Hyderabad High Court have informed us of a recent order passed in a case filed by a patentee against the State Government of Telangana and some other private parties for allegedly infringing its patents no. 196432, 196439 and 211904 that cover the ‘Ball Drive Flow Control Valve’ when it issued a tender for the same. Apart from filing a patent infringement lawsuit before the civil court (O.S.No. 734 & 735 of 2017 before the IIIrd Addl….


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Copyright

Dinkar on Copyright Law and Its Importance in a Democracy


Just a few days ago on September 23rd, India celebrated the birth anniversary of Ramdhari Singh Dinkar (1908-1974), one of India’s most famous Hindi language poets who has been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, Padma Bhushan and Bharatiya Jnanpith. A freedom fighter born in Bihar, Dinkar was also a Member of the Rajya Sabha for several terms. I came across one of his speeches while researching for my book with Sumathi and I was amazed by his articulation of copyright…


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Copyright

A New Indian Law Review and Its Scholarship on the DU Photocopy Case


In some good news, the Indian Law Review, founded by a group of Indian academics primarily based in UK, Australia, US and India, has published its first edition. Included in the first edition is an article by Lawrence Liang on the DU Photocopy case. Lawrence is an alum of NLSIU & Warwick, a co-founder of Alternative Law Forum (ALF) and a legend of sorts in the field of law and culture. I was his student on a few occasions at…


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Competition Law

Competition Commission of India (or Delhi?) Seeks to Outsource Study on Healthcare Industry to Medical Professionals, Radiologists, Pharma Graduates etc.


The Competition Commission of India (CCI) recently floated a ‘Request for Proposal’ (RFP) for an agency to conduct the following study: “Situation Analysis to understand the prescription and referral pattern of Hospitals and Medical Practitioners and also the tie-ups and networking amongst various stakeholders in Health Care Sector”. The study intends to focus on different hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centres, pharmaceutical companies, pharmacists, insurance companies, third party administrators, patients, care-givers, doctors etc. and cover the following specializations: cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, ophthalmology,…


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Copyright

Indian Singers Rights Association (ISRA) Gears Up for a Losing Battle against Saregama


Last year, we had written about two victories scored by the performer’s rights society – Indian Singer’s Rights Association (ISRA) before the Delhi High Court against a restaurant and lounge located in Delhi for alleged violation of its performers rights. Both judgments were delivered ex-parte i.e. the defendants never appeared before court. As Balu and I had earlier noted, the manner in which the Delhi High Court proceeded to hear the case ex-parte was not proper in law. In any…


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