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).

Biological Diversity

India to lead efforts in negotiating protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing


Of late the print media has featured several stories of India taking up a leadership position in Biodiversity Conservation. A recent press release has stated that India will be spearheading the developing country perspective in the upcoming 10th Conference of Parties (CoP) to the Convention on Biodiversity scheduled to be held at Nayoga in October 2010. The main agenda of this meet is the adoption of an international protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing. India is also hosting the next…


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SpicyIP Events: NLSIU invites abstracts for conference on ‘Internet Intermediary Liability in India’


The Law and Technology Committee of the Student Bar Association of the National Law School of India University has invited abstracts for proposed papers that are to be presented at its annual law & tech conference – Consilience – 2010. Past editions of the conference have been based on themes ranging from ‘Bio-technology and the law’ to ‘Free and Open Source Software’ and have had speakers ranging from Dr. Montel Singh Ahluwalia (Deputy Chairman Planning Commission) to Rahul Mathan, a…


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Taxing ‘Royalties’ derived from Intellectual Property


Shamnad recently sent me this most interesting article by S. Murlidharan in the Hindu Business Line on the topic of taxing of royalties earned by authors of books that are of a literary, artistic or scientific nature. The article inspired me to have a quick look at one of the most fascinating and complex legislations – the Income Tax Act – a legislation which has sent shivers down me spine for more than one reason. Murlidharan’s article focuses exclusively on…


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New Commercial Courts Bill to bring about radical reform in the adjudication of big ticket IP disputes


In its recently concluded Winter Session, the lower house of Parliament, the Lok Sabha, passed ‘The Commercial Division of High Courts Bill’, 2009. The Bill which is based on the recommendations of the 188th Report of the Law Commission of India aims at the adjudication of big ticket commercial disputes, Rs. 5 crores or above, within a timespan of one year. The Bill was consequently sent to the Rajya Sabha which has referred the Bill to the Select Committee on…


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Trademark

SpicyIP Tidbit: Lok Sabha passes the Trade Mark (Amendment) Bill, 2009 – finally!


The ET reports that the Lok Sabha, which is the lower house of Parliament, has finally passed the Trademark (Amendment) Bill 2009, on Friday the 18th of December, 2009. Keeping in line with the parliamentary practice of the last few years, the Lok Sabha passed this bill along with 5 other bills in a period of 5 minutes without any debate or discussion, after which it was adjourned sine die. Image from here. The bill will now be sent to…


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Others

SpicyIP Tidbit: The Obama Administration does a U-Turn – Supports the WIPO Treaty for the Blind


In a surprising turn of events it has been reported, by Wired.com, that the Obama administration has whole heartedly supported the WIPO Treaty for Sharing Accessible Formats of Copyrighted Works for Persons Who are Blind or Have other Reading Disabilities. (image from here) In a Statement before the WIPO SCCR the U.S. noted that “some in the international copyright community believe that any international consensus on substantive limitations and exceptions to copyright law would weaken international copyright law. The United…


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Patent

SpicyIP Tidbit: Madras High Court embarrassed over failure to reimburse ‘Scientific Advisors’ appointed under S. 115 of the Patents Act


In the recent case of Vittal Mallya Scientific Research Foundation v. Indfrag Ltd. the Madras High Court was highly embarrased when the Plaintiff’s counsel bickered with the scientific advisor’s (IIT Madras) over the question of payment towards the cost of carrying out certain tests that were so required to be carried out as per the Court’s directions. The decision of the Madras High Court can be accessed at the website of India Kanoon over here. The present suit had been…


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Trademark

SpicyIP Guest Post: The Trademarks (Amendment) Bill 2009 – Implementing the Madrid Protocol


SpicyIP is proud to bring you a guest post, by Ankit Prakash, on the proposed amendments to the Trademarks Act – a topic that should have been covered ages ago. Ankit is currently a Senior Associate with Anand and Anand where he specialises in trademark prosecutions, oppositions, assignments, licences and agreements. He is widely considered to be one the rising stars on the trademark prosecution scene in India and I’m extremely thankful to him for contributing this insightful guest post….


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Copyright

Union Minister moots preventive detention as the answer to video piracy: Meet of Ministers at New Delhi on the 5th of December, 2009


Over the last few weeks, news has been trickling in that the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni, has proposed a meeting in New Delhi, on December 5th to discuss the possibility of bringing in a nation-wide preventive detention law to tackle film piracy. Apparently the Tamil Nadu legislation, which was the first legislation to introduce preventive detention as a solution to combat film piracy, has been a success and according to the Minister it should be replicated…


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Uncategorized

SpicyIP Scholar: IJLT-CIS essay competition on the interface between law and technology


We have recently been informed that the Indian Journal of Law and Technology (IJLT), the flagship law and tech journal from the National Law School of India University, has announced an essay competition that is being jointly organized along with the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS).   The four themes on which essays may be submitted are as follows: 1. Criminality and Second Life: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. 2. Trademark and the Internet: Cybersquatting to the Goggle Adwords-Consim controversy…


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