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

Creative Commons, Independent Music and TempoStand.com


As with most new internet start-ups, the story of http://www.tempostand.com/, too, begins with a bunch of young techies who have recently graduated from the Dirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DAIICT). What’s heartening, from the viewpoint of SpicyIP, is that here is an Indian business venture which has skillfully used alternative IP regimes as central to its business model and in the process is providing a unique service to the world of Indian music (Just as there is…


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The National Knowledge Commission calls for an overhaul of India’s patent process


As most of our readers must know by now, SpicyIP has been a long standing critic of the lack of transparency in the Patent Office’s decision making process. The lack of a real time e-enabled patent database, apart from preventing the strengthening of India’s pre-grant opposition mechanism, also complicates matters for those interested in contributing to IP policy making. SpicyIP had sent a petition in this regard to the Prime Minister’s Office a couple of weeks ago. The National Knowledge…


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Uncategorized

Blawging our way to the front pages of Business Standard


SpicyIP is happy to announce to its readers that we’re ending the year on a happy note. The Business Standard one of India’s leading newspapers carried a front page report on how bloggers, like the SpicyIP Team, are driving India’s IPR agenda! The leading blogs mentioned in the report were SpicyIP, Feroze Ali’s pharmapatents.blogspot.com, Sandeep Rathod’s genericpharmaceuticals.blogspot.com & Varun Chhonker’s patentcircle.blogspot.com. The report goes on to say that the blogs are being recognized for “separating the wheat from the chaff…


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Copyright

Copyrights, Music Licenses and New Year Parties


In yet another bid to establish the undeniable importance of IP law in your daily life, SpicyIP, is going to demonstrate how the Law of Copyright is going to impact all you party animals this December 31st. The Hindu recently reported that the Phonographic Performance Ltd.(PPL), a registered copyright society under the Copyright Act, is demanding that all commercial establishments start paying up for the music that they will be playing at year-end parties failing which action will be taken…


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SpicyIP Tidbits


1. Pfizer gets a patent for its anti-HIV drug Pfizer was recently granted a patent, by the Indian Patent office, for its HIV/AIDS treatment drug – Celzentry. This is a significant victory for Pfizer given the much publicized rejection of patents for several other drugs. Given the huge HIV infected population in India it is expected that this drug will be a major revenue spinner for Pfizer in India. As a result Pfizer’s stock shot up 7.5% on the Indian…


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Biological Diversity

Bringing about compatibility between TRIPS and the CBD


Livemint’s Unnikrishnan reported recently that there has been a move in the Council of TRIPS to ensure compulsory disclosure, by patent applicants, of the origin of genetic materials used in their inventions. SpicyIP in one of its earlier posts had mentioned that the Indian Biological Diversity Act requires that any patenting of genetic material in India be done only with the prior authorization of the National Biological Diversity Authority. Livemint quotes SpicyIP’s Shamnad Basheer saying that it is not quite…


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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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