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).

Biological Diversity

America, India, Agriculture & IPR


When George Bush flew down to India in March ’06, he visited, my hometown, Hyderabad like his predecessor Clinton. However unlike Clinton who headed for Hi-Tech City, which is the software hub of Hyderabad, Bush visited the Archarya N.G. Ranga Agri University, where according to a press release “the President patted a buffalo named Murra” and “cuddled 4-year-old Venkatamma”. The reason for the visit was the fact that Bush was formalizing an agreement which came to be known as the…


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Copyright

GOOGLE’S MILITANT APPROACH TO COPYRIGHT LAW


SpicyIP had posted a couple of weeks ago, on the first case of copyright infringement against Google’s U-Tube in India. The plaintiffs in this case are T-Series a company which grew in the face of a daunting monopoly (of HMV) because of its daring, pro-active approach to copyright law. Google itself is a veteran of several such battles on the IP front in the Western world. Google News, Google Image Search, Google Book Search Project, Google Search Engine have all…


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SPICYIP TIDBITS


1. BRAND SENSEX ENTERS THE TRADEMARK RINGAsia’s oldest bourse — the Bombay Stock Exchange — has sought trademark protection on the brand, along with 24 other trademarks, and the application is currently pending. Confirming this, the BSE spokesperson said all the trademarks will be registered in name of Bombay Stock Exchange shortly. 2. ONE OF STYLES RIPPED OFFThe who’s who of the Indian fashion industry is once again accusing the remaining who’s who of the fashion industry of copying their…


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Biological Diversity

The Biological Diversity Act


How many of you have heard of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002? I had heard about the Act long ago but somehow never got down to actually trying to understand it and when I did get down to it while researching for this post I was quite stunned with both, the importance of this Act and the seemingly muted discussions of such an important piece of legislation in the mainstream press. Unlike The Patent Act which is considered the ‘sexier’…


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The Uneasy Alliance between Basmati & IP


Once upon a time many years ago an evil prince tried to pirate our ‘queen of rices’ – ‘basmati rice’ – but luckily our ever vigilant government challenged the pirates in an adversarial duel (3 years late!) and won back our ‘basmati’ swearing to protect this ‘queen of rices’ from the bio-‘Pirates of America’. ‘Basmati’ – Patents and trademarksI know the above introduction sounds much too over-dramatized, over-romanticized for an IP blog but those sentences are quite accurate of the…


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‘MYSORE MALLIGE’ GETS GI PROTECTION


karnataka scores once again in registration of a ‘geographical indication’ Of late Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in India have been getting their fair share of bad publicity. Amongst others, the Novartis dispute, as also the yoga patenting dispute were especially damaging to the image of ‘intellectual property’ in the Indian psyche. But as the Prime Minister Dr. Singh (or was it Yeats?) famously said ‘If winter comes, can spring be far behind?’ So true for the world of Indian IP…


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Copyright

HOLLYWOOD v. BOLLYWOOD – ‘PARTNER’ IN CRIME


SPOTTING THE THIN RED LINE BETWEEN CULTURAL BORROWING & COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT I am not quite sure as to how Bollywood got its name; my favourite theory is that after decades of copying/borrowing Hollywood storylines, scripts, screenplays the Bollywood industry, in a bid to acknowledge their Western gurus as their sources of inspiration, sought to name themselves after their gurus. Indeed a fitting guru-dakshina! For those uninitiated to the world of Bollywood – it’s a term used to describe the popular…


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Trademark

The ‘TIGER’ of Britannia


The last couple of months have been quite exciting for SpicyIP. From patent disputes (Novartis & Bajaj – TVS) to copyright disputes (Sholay) to trademark disputes (Sholay again) we’ve experienced the ‘holy trinity’ of intellectual property laws. This however seems to be only the beginning of an IP conscious India. The latest high profile dispute to go to court is the Britannia – Danone Dispute over Britannia’s trademark ‘Tiger’; probably one of the first disputes where the tables have been…


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