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).

Call for Papers: The Indian Journal of Law and Technology (IJLT)


The Indian Journal of Law and Technology (IJLT) is an annual law journal published by the Law and Technology Committee of the Student Bar Association, at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India. IJLT is the first and only law journal in India specifically devoted to the field of technology law. The previous issues of IJLT have featured articles by distinguished authors such as Yochai Benkler, Donald S. Chisum, Raymond T. Nimmer, John Frow, Jonathan Zittrain, Lawrence Liang…


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Copyright

Video Pirates, Preventive Detention and the Constitution of India


SpicyIP’s good friend K.V. Dhananjay, a practising Advocate, at the Supreme Court of India recently brought to our attention the news that the State of Karnataka was planning to enact a legislation to allow for the preventive detention of ‘Video Pirates’ i.e. people who have been charged with copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, 1957 atleast once. The trend of putting away ‘video pirates’ under preventive detention statutes has picked up with atleast three states already having enacted such legislations…


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Re-clarifying the aims and conclusions of the Mashelkar Committee Report


The Economic Times recently carried an op-ed by a ‘Delhi-based lawyer and a member of the National Working Group on Patent Law (NWGPL)’ on the Report of the Technical Expert Group on Patent Laws (TEG) also known as the Mashelkar Committee Report which was recently accepted by the government. The basic aim of this Op-Ed is to discuss how the Mashelkar Committee Report had allegedly created a controversy by allegedly mis-quoting a report by Professor Carlos Correa.SpicyIP had extensively commented…


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Copyright

Guest Post: Copyright term extensions and constitutionality with reference to Eldred v. Ashcroft


SpicyIP is pleased to bring to its readers a guest post by Nirajan Man Singh who is a recent graduate from NALSAR. COPYRIGHT TERM EXTENSIONS AND CONSTITUTIONALITY WITH REFERENCE TO ELDRED V. ASHCROFT “Old books, songs, and movies should flow continuously into the public domain. But the Congress keeps bowing to publishing companies that want to prevent works from ever being available for free. Every time Mickey Mouse threatens to go to the public domain, the lobbyists go to work…


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WTO rules in favour of Brazil, allows for cross retaliation against U.S. IPRs


The WTO Arbitration Panel in the Brazil-U.S. trade dispute, regarding the U.S. Government subsidies for cotton, ruled last week that Brazil could retaliate against the U.S.A to the tune of $ 300 million dollars. This particular trade dispute has been running since the year 2002 and was decided in favour of Brazil in the year 2004. Thereafter the U.S.A. unsucessfully appealed the decision of the WTO Panel to the Appellate Authority. After winning before the Appellate Authority Brazil moved to…


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And the misinformation campaign continues……….


Early this morning, PharmaBiz, carried a news item on the Government accepting the Technical Expert Group’s (a.ka. the Mashelkar Committee Report a.k.a TEG Report) conclusions. We had carried a post on this last night over here. In its report PharmaBiz has quoted an NGO – the National Working Group on Patent Law – as having stated in a letter to the Commerce Ministry that “Apparently, the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee should take precedence over those of the Mashelkar Committee…


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Government of India accepts the conclusions of the Mashelkar Committee Report


The IE has recently reported that the Government of India has finally accepted the recommendations of the Technical Expert Group on Patent Law a.k.a. The Mashelkar Committee Report (since Dr. Mashelkar was the head of the Committee). The IE Report quotes the letter from the DIPP as stating that “TEG (Technical Expert Group) has come to the conclusion that it would not be TRIPS compliant to limit the grant of patent for pharmaceutical substance to a new chemical entity or…


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Competition Law

Guest Post: Hanging on the Telephone: Apple’s App Store fiasco and what the FCC is doing about it


SpicyIP is pleased to bring to you a guest post by Chaitanya Ramchandran, a good friend of mine who has very recently graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. During his stint at law school Chaitanya was editor in chief of NLSIU’s flagship tech law journal – Indian Journal of Law & Technology whose archives can be accessed here. His post focuses on the competition law issues arising out of Apple’s latest policies regarding the applications that…


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Copyright

Hollywood v. Bollywood v. Tollywood: When is ‘plagarsim’ equal to ‘copyright infringement’?


The last few weeks have been witness to two high profile disputes between Hollywood and Bollywood on one hand and Bollywood and Tollywood (The Bengali movie industry) on the other hand. It has been recently reported that BR Films has agreed to pay 20th Century Fox a sum of $ 200,000 dollars as compensation, in an out of court settlement, for remaking My Cousin Vinny in Hindi under the title Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai (This Guy is Fearless). As reported…


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Government to introduce a whistle blower scheme in a bid to counter spurious drugs


The Union Health Minister Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad has proposed, in Parliament, a whistle blower scheme for all those informants who volunteer with information on spurious or counterfeit drugs. According to the policy a maximum of 20% of the total cost of consignments will be payable to the informant provided that the total compensation does not breach a ceiling of Rs. 25 lakhs. Even government officials can claim rewards under this new policy. Kudos to the Government of India for…


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