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).

Copyright

Beware Mumbaikars: The Slumlord’s Act could detain you for a year for simply buying a pirated DVD


The ToI in a detailed report a few weeks ago reported that President Patil had given her assent to an amendment to the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Slumlords, Bootleggers and Drug Offenders Act (hereinafter the “Slumlord Act”). As per the ToI report this amendment to the Slumlord Act makes it a criminal offence not only to sell pirated DVDs/CDs but also to buy such pirated DVDs/CDs! As outrageous as it may seem to most of us the fact…


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Patent

Intellectual Ventures comes to India and NO its not a ‘Big Bad Patent Troll’


Intellectual Ventures (IV), an ‘Invention Capital’ company headquartered in Washington, has reportedly entered into an MoU with IIT-B to assist the latter in commercializing its inventions in the market place. As per a press release in regards the MoU, Intellectual Ventures “will both license IIT-B inventions accepted under this program and work on a number of possible commercialization strategies for them. Intellectual Ventures will pay IIT-B fees for such licensing and will also bear the patenting costs associated with these…


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Is it Unconstitutional for the Patent Office to be the Adjudicatory Authority deciding Oppositions & CL proceedings?


In an ideal world the patent office’s role should be limited to administrative activities i.e. the examination and grant of patents. We don’t live in an ideal world. The Indian Patent Office not only decides on patent applications but has also found itself burdened with the additional functions of deciding both pre-grant & post-grant patent oppositions apart from granting compulsory licences targeted at remedying anti-competitive activities of patentees. The fundamental question that we must ask ourselves at this stage is…


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Copyright

Delhi HC restores PPL’s right to sue for copyright infringement


In July last year we had carried a post on a Delhi High Court judgment which held that Copyright Societies had no right to sue on behalf of their members. It just came to our knowledge that this judgment was over-ruled by a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court on 3rd November, 2008. Strangely though this judgment has not been reported either by Manupatra or PTC. The good news however is that the Delhi High Court website has started…


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IP COLLOQUIUM-Broadening IP Horizons in Pharma, Software and Entertainment Industries


It seems to be raining IP conferences in Mumbai. An IP Colloquium is being organized by NMIMS University -Institute of Intellectual Property Studies (India), Boult Wade Tennant (UK), Legasis Partners(India) on March 18th, 2009. The details of the conference can be accessed here. I’ve reproduced the contents of the link below:  Location: Mayfair Banquets, Graviss Hospitality Ltd Dr Annie Besant RdMumbai, MAHARASHTRA IN Entry fee: Rs. 1500 (Corporates), Rs. 650 (Students) Who should attend: · Corporates from Pharma, IT-Telecom, Entertainment industries; specifically…


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Why did the Government of India oppose the ‘counterfeit drug’ definition proposed by IMPACT?


In July last year the ET reported that the Government, in a bid to boost the credibility of Indian generics in the international market, was proposing a new definition of what exactly constituted a counterfeit drug. This move may have been inspired by the efforts of the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT) to come up with a new definition of counterfeit drugs. IMPACT is an agency setup by the World Health Organization (WHO). A senior Health Ministry official was quoted as saying “It…


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SpicyIP ranks at number 8!!!!!


Ladies, Gentlemen & Anonymous Commentators, I am thrilled to announce that SpicyIP has just had its “Slumdog” moment. Gene Quinn of IP Watchdog came out with a list of the top 26 patent blogs and guess what….. SpicyIP was ranked at number 8!!!! The list is based on the ranking from the leading blog search engine – Technorati.com. The Technorati ranking is based on how many blogs link back and obviously quite a few blogs are linking back to SpicyIP….


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Why the big fuss over the Dutch seizing Dr. Reddy’s patent infringing drugs during transit? India has done the same in the past


The Mint recently reported that a consignment of generic drugs, manufactured by Dr. Reddy and headed for Brazil, has been seized during transit at a Dutch port, on the grounds of patent infringement. The consignment in question was of losartan, a drug, used to lower blood pressure. The patent for this drug in Netherlands is owned by Dupont. This is not the first instance where a consignment of Indian generic drugs has been seized in Europe during transit to a…


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Global credit crisis leads to boom times for LPOs specializing in IP


In adversity lies opportunity and no more so than in the fledgling Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) industry. Peter Ollier from MIP has authored a brilliantly researched article on how, amongst other reasons, the gloomy economic scenario in the West is actively forcing American companies to cut legal costs, by outsourcing to the Indian LPO industry, tasks such as patent drafting, prior-art searches, due diligence and also litigation support in the form of document review. The article points out that outsourcing…


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SpicyIP Questionnaire on Interim Injunctions: Is it time for change?


I’ve been assisting Shamnad, for some weeks now, on a paper which attempts to examine the issue of interim injunctions in suits involving patent rights. The matter is of special importance in suits for patent infringement because patent rights are available for only a period of 20 years and since it would take Indian courts more than a couple of years to decide the case it is necessary that we have an effective mechanism for granting interim relief. However at…


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