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).

Rescuing celebrity domain names


A couple of months ago Kapil Dev, at the inauguration of the .Asia domain name, was quoted as saying as “Yes, I lost out on securing KapilDev.com and KapilDev.in for myself”. We were quite outraged by this sorry state of affairs and decided to explore the legal options available to this ace cricketer. Before actually going into the law we randomly investigated the ownership of a couple of celebrity websites such as www.amitabhbachchan.net, www.vluvshahrukh.com & www.diyamirza.org. All three sites have…


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Drug Regulation

SpicyIP Tidbit: The National Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill


The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India has finally announced a draft National Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill (NBRA). Unfortunately the link to the draft Bill on the website of the DBT is not working currently. The NBRA has been in offing for the last 5 years i.e. ever since the government had constituted the Taskforce on Application of Agricultural Biotechnology under the chairmanship of Dr. M.S.Swaminathan. The report had urged the government to setup an…


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The Draft Manual of the Patent Office & Software Patents


The Business Standard recently carried a story on software patents or to be more specific the response by some companies to the question of software patents as deal with by the Patent Office’s Draft Manual on Patent Practice and Procedure which was released earlier this year for comments and suggestions. (The comments received from various stake holders has been posted by the Patent Office on its website and can be accessed here) Legality of the Draft Manual released by the…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: ‘Outlook’ carries a story on the proposed Indian Bayh Dole Bill


The Outlook a leading weekly news magazine has recently carried a story on SpicyIP’s pet subject – the Public Funded R&D Projects (Protection of Intellectual Property) Bill also known as the Bayh Dole Act of India. As our readers must already be aware several media outlets had already picked up this story from SpicyIP and several of these reports have agreed with SpicyIP’s contention that the Bill is being introduced without enough consultation and debate. The Bill essentially allows universities…


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Trademark

‘Onida’ – A Brother’s Envy Owner’s Pride


The ET in an extremely detailed news item reports that the ‘Onida’ trademark may soon be the subject of an interesting legal battle between the Mirchandani brothers – Sonu Mirchandani & Gulu Mirchandani. Gulu had recently bought out Sonu’s holding in their company – Mirc Electronics – however Sonu is planning to launch a range of electronic products under the ‘Onida’ brand and through a company – Onida International in which Sonu has an 80% stake. Usually such buyouts involve…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: The Ranbaxy-Daiichi deal – An ‘Ardhanarishwar’ business model?


Over the last couple of weeks we’ve blogged about the Ranbaxy-Daiichi deal a couple of times. Here’s another news item by Jyothi Datta. Of particular interest to us was the concluding section of the report where she very rightly point outs that the Ranbaxy-Daiichi deal represents a new hybrid model in the pharmaceutical industry where innovator companies such as Novartis are diversifying into generic drug market through subsidiaries companies such as Sanofis. In this respect she quotes Shamnad who ever…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: World Health Statistics 2008


The World Health Organization has recently released the ‘World Health Statistics 2008’. To quote from the introduction of the Report World Health Statistics 2008 presents the most recent available health statistics for WHO’s 193 Member States. This fourth edition includes 10 highlights of health statistics as well as data on an expanded set of over 70 key health indicators. The indicators were selected on the basis of their relevance to global health monitoring and considerations of data availability, accuracy and…


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The Access to Medicine Index released – Ranking Pharmaceutical Companies


Starting from the Pretoria patent litigation in South Africa to the Novartis patent litigation in Chennai last year the big pharmaceutical companies in the world have endured a particularly brutal image bashing exercise due to a series of strategic mistakes which have (rightly and wrongly) portrayed them as putting profits over patients. Obviously the negative publicity was beginning to worry institutional investors and when these concerns were coupled with philanthropic charities such as the Access to Medicine Foundation, the world…


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Patent Litigation in the Himachal Pradesh High Court


Shamnad recently forwarded me a judgment of the Himachal Pradesh High Court passed in a case regarding the validity of a patent. I’m pleased to inform our readers that, although this is probably one of the first such patent cases in the HPHC, the Division Bench consisting of Justice Gupta & Justice Ahuja have done quite a good job with the judgment. Although the judgment is not extensively researched it has no major conceptual errors, it is quite lucid, it…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: WHO adopts resolution on public health, innovation & intellectual property


Readers may remember Sumathi’s extremely detailed post on the WHO’s Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG) meet last month. As Sumathi put it “The fulcrum of the debate is nothing new: that the IP system, as it exists today, does not create economic incentives for private players to invest in research and development (R&D) for neglected diseases”. Last week the WHO finally came out with a resolution after two years of hard work by the IGWG. The substance of the resolution is…


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