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

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is accused of Copyright Infringement by the Mint’s Editor


Indian cyberspace, over the last week, has been witness to a slowly unfolding copyright battle between two rather unlikely entities – The Centre for Science & Enviroment (CSE), a leading NGO & the Mint a leading business daily which has as one of its partners – The Wall Street Journal. The Mint has alleged that the Centre for Science & Environment has been reproducing without permission a large number of copyright protected articles belonging to the Mint (and its majority…


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Roche implements ‘mass serialization’ anti-counterfeiting technology


Allegations of counterfeit drugs have haunted the Indian pharmaceutical industry for quite a few years now. You can never be sure whether the tablet actually has an API or just white chalk. An E.U. Report last year pointed out that India was the largest source for the 2.7 million counterfeit drugs that were seized at the E.U. borders in 2006. For its part the WHO claims that India is the source of 35% of all counterfeit drugs in the world…


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Drug Regulation Trademark

Whats in a proprietary drug name? Apparently quite a lot!


The Times, recently, carried an interesting article on ‘How drug companies try to get into your head?’ The article points out how drug companies come up with fancy sounding names which make no reference to the generic names of the drug and how these proprietary names are used by the media during the course of the reporting, thereby unwittingly advertising the proprietary name to the general public and creating an impression that these branded drugs are much more effective than…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: The Supreme Court appoints Dr. Chakraborty as the technical member on the IPAB panel hearing the Glivec appeal


The Supreme Court in a recent order, dated the 1st of October, appointed Dr P.C. Chakraborty,deputy controller general of patents in the Kolkata office, as a technical member on the IPAB Panel hearing the Glivec appeal. Readers may remember that close to a month ago SpicyIP had blogged on how the Supreme Court was leaning towards the inclusion of a technical member on the IPAB panel. Additionally the Court has also ordered the IPAB to begin hearing the appeal on…


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Trademark

Hari Puttar: Reviewing the movie and the judgment


The movie reviews of ‘Hari Puttar’ are still flowing in and trust me they aren’t very flattering towards the movie. CNN-IBN’s Masand apparently couldn’t even sit through the first half because it was that bad. Another review from buzz18.com ran the title of the review as ‘Hari Puttar is such crap’.  The Indian Express was of the opinion that the “script which doesn’t know the meaning of sense, and so full of holes that several large-size trucks can drive right through.”…


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Trademark

SpicyIP Tidbit: ‘Maaza’ trademark under dispute


Media reports in the last week seem to suggest that a major trademark battle is brewing between Bisleri and Coca-Cola over the use of the ‘Maaza’ trademark. ‘Maaza’ is one of India’s most popular mango based non-carbonated soft drinks. It competes with two other popular mango drinks – ‘Frooti’ & ‘Slice’ which is owned by Pepsi. Originally ‘Maaza’ was owned by the Chauhan family which at that time also owned other famous trademarks like Thums-Up, Rim-Zim, Goldspot, Limca and Citra….


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Trademark

Barry Trotter, Hairy Potty & the Free Speech Defense to Trademark Infringement


Over the last week or so Sumathi’s incisive posts, on the issue of Warner Bros suing the makers of Hari Puttar for trademark infringement, have had me thinking over some of the issues associated with parodies. Over the years J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has spurned more than its fair share of literary parodies. In fact Wikipedia has a full article dedicated to the various parodies of Harry Potter. The ones that caught my attention were Barry Trotter and The Shameless…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Boehringer Ingelheim to patent its hypertension drug


Readers may remember Shamnad’s extensive posts on the Patent Office’s rejection of German drug major Boehringer Ingelheim patent application for the syrup form of Nevirapine, which is particularly important for children with HIV, who are unable to swallow tablets. Well, the ToI reports that Boehringer Ingelheim is filing another patent application, this time for a combination hypertension drug – Telmisartan. Cipla’s wholly owned subsidiary Okasa is going to be opposing the drug on the grounds that the individual drugs and…


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Copyright

Bollywood abound with suits for copyright infringement


Once again Bollywood music directors are being accused of copyright infringement. Sheela Narayanan & Chang May Choon of The Electric New Paper Show (interesting name!) were the first and so far only media outlet to report that Sony BMG has initiated legal proceedings against Tips on the grounds that Pritam’s ‘Zara Zara Touch me….‘ song (featuring the drop dead gorgeous Katrina Kaif in the video) from this year’s Bollywood blockbuster Race has been ripped off from a tune composed by…


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Copyright

The ‘Olympic’ Copyright Dispute – DD sues news channels for broadcasting footage of the Beijing Olympic Games


At last, SpicyIP gets to blog even about the Beijing Olympics where India has had a record tally of three medals this time. Of course its not about the medals but the fact that national broadcaster Doordarshan has reportedly issued notice to major Indian news channels for unauthorized broadcast of the Beijing Olympic Games for which only DD has exclusive broadcast rights in India. DD had paid about $ 3 Million for the exclusive Indian broadcasting rights. Apparently DD had…


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