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

Don’t lose hope Ms. Jishnu – Keep the faith


Today’s Business Standard carried Ms. Latha Jishnu’s weekly column. As always Ms. Jishnu’s article made for some interesting reading. For this week she had written about the anti-IP crusades of Brazil’s Grammy Award winning former cultural minister – Gil. Of course Ms. Jishnu does not descend into the extremities of asking for the dissolution of the copyright regime but instead limits herself to a call for diluting the copyright regime on the lines of Gil’s efforts in Brazil which has…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Chrysler grills Mahindra over front grill design


After their last IP dispute over the ‘Jeep’ trademark, Chrysler and Indian car major Mahindra & Mahindra have moved on to their next IP dispute over the design of Scorpio’s front grill. Chrysler has alleged that the Mahindra & Mahindra has ripped off one of its designs for the front grill. Its not clear as to whether or not Chrysler had actually protected its design under the Indian Designs Act. Regardless Chrysler could still sue for copyright infringement. Media reports…


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The Draft Manual of the Patent Office and SpicyIP’s recommendations on Section 3(d)


As many of you must already know the Patent Office has been having stakeholders meetings in various cities in regards the Draft Manual released by the Patent Office some months ago. It needs no repeating that the Draft Manual does not have the force of law and is merely indicative of the practices of the Patent Office. The Delhi and Bombay meetings have already been concluded. The patent office discussed the participation in a press release which can be accessed…


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Supreme Court delivers judgment in a case under the Designs Act


In May this year Shamnad had blogged about how the Supreme Court was on an ‘IP Roll’ since it had rendered three IP related judgments in that month itself. Well here is another Supreme Court decision from the month of May. In this case of Bharat Glass Tubes Ltd. v. Gopal Glass Works Ltd. the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the single judge of the Calcutta High Court to reverse an order passed by the Asst. Controller of Patents…


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Gujarat High Court grants interim injunction in Designs Case


In May this year the Gujarat High Court in the case of Troikaa Pharmaceuticals v. Pro Laboratories MANU/GJ/0364/2008 decided its first case under the Designs Act in favour of the plaintiff. The plaintiff in this case was manufacturing ‘D’ shaped tablets and had registered the design with the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks. The Controller after verification registered the design under Class 28 and awarded the plaintiff with a certificate of registration in the year 2001. The plaintiff…


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Trademark

SpicyIP Tidbit: Indian Government joins litigation over ‘Ponni’ trademark in Malaysia


Readers may remember that a couple of months ago Aysha had blogged on Malyasia granting a domestic company a trademark for the name ‘Ponni‘. ‘Ponni’ is actually a variety of rice grown in parts of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The rice is unique for its low starch and carbohydrates content which means that it can be safely consumed even by people suffering from diabetes. Well Harish Damodaran reports in the Hindu Business Line that the Indian Government has…


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Patent

1,2,3,4: The 123 Indo-U.S. Civil Nuclear deal and Section 4 of the Patent Act


The current UPA government had recently staked it survival on the Indo-U.S. Civil Nuclear 123 Agreement. As of now since India is not a signatory to the NPT it is an untouchable in the world of nuclear commerce. However with this new agreement India hopes to end this period of nuclear apartheid by obtaining a waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Once Indian doors are open for nuclear commerce it is estimated that India will be importing billions of dollar…


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Trademark

The dispute over the ‘Tiger’ trademark continues………….


Last September SpicyIP had reported on how the Wadia Group was preparing to initiate arbitration proceedings against its JV partner – Danone – for the violation of Britannia famous ‘Tiger’ trademark. Danone and the Wadia group jointly own stake in the Associated Biscuits International Holdings (ABIH). ABIH is a holding company which owns a 51 % stake in Britannia. The Wadia Group had alleged that Danone had gone ahead to register the trademark in around 70 countries without the permission…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Trends in Indian patent litigation


A Supreme Court judge, Justice Altamas Kabir at the inauguration of the Judges’ Round Table on Intellectual Property Rights Adjudication organised by the Tamil Nadu State Judicial Academy and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) was quoted as saying “Intellectual Property rights is not a new concept, its age old one but still there is not much awareness among advocates and common public”. It is indeed refreshing to hear a Supreme Court judge admit that the concept…


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Copyright

Copyright societies dealt a severe blow by the Delhi High Court


The Delhi High Court has recently passed judgment in the case of M/s Phonographic Performance Ltd. v. M/s Hotel Gold Regency & Othrs (MANU/DE/0942/2008) making life supremely complicated for both copyright owners and copyright societies alike. As most of our readers must already know copyright societies in their capacity as licensees usually institute copyright infringement suits in their names on behalf of all their members who are the actual copyright owners. This judgment however put an end to this practice…


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