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).

Trademark

The .Asia domain launched under a ‘sunrise policy’


The DotAsia Organization, an umbrella organization of various national top-level domain registries around Asia (including .IN in India), has launched the global “.Asia” Internet domain for the Asia region under a sunrise policy which gives a preference to trademark owners and celebrities. (Press release available here) Most domain name launches are a nightmare for trademark owners and celebrities since it means protecting their trademark and identity in yet another jurisdiction. More troubling for them however is the fact that most…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Natco’s ‘compulsory licensing’ request to come up for hearing next week


IP Watch reports that Natco’s request for a compulsory license to export anti-cancer drugs to Nepal, is going to come up for hearing by the end of February. (Full story is available here) As most of our readers must know SpicyIP had covered this case extensively a couple of weeks ago. The request for compulsory licensing was made under S. 92A of the Patent Act, which allows for ‘compulsory licensing for export of patented pharmaceutical products in certain exceptional circumstances’….


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SpicyIP Events: NLSIU to hold a National Symposium on Challenges to India’s Patent Regime on the 12th and 13th of April


The National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore is going to hold a National Symposium on Challenges to India’s Patent Regime on the 12th and 13th of April, 2008. The symposium is being organized by the Editorial Board of the National Law School of India Review (NLSIR) – NLS’s flagship journal formerly known as the Student Bar Review. The website can be accessed here. The concept note for the Symposium is available here. As per the website of the…


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A spicy GI


SpicyIP has always had a natural tendency to report on the ‘spicier’ issues of IP law. So just imagine our excitement when we found out about Geographical Indication protection for spices. We however promise to refrain from over-using the ‘spicy’ puns that come to our minds. The latest is Assam’s ‘Karbi Anglong ginger’ which is well on track to receive GI protection. The district administration recently filed an application claiming GI protection for GIs. The Karbi Anglong ginger is supposed…


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Patent

Mr. Augustine and his patented ‘tender coconut wine’


‘God’s own country’ – Kerala gives us yet another product to relax and soothe those frayed nerves of yours. ‘Tender coconut wine’ made from ‘tender coconut water’ was granted patent (No. 209015) on Aug 16 last year by the Indian Patent Office. (My many thanks to Shamnad our man from Mallu land for directing me to this story.) The patent is in the name of Sebastian P. Augustine a farmer, from Kalsgrod Districtin Kerala, who has won the won the…


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Is the Indian drug industry scared of the NPPA?


For all you bleeding hearts out there pining away about pharma companies over-charging on all their drugs here’s some good news. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has become rather active over the last few months – so much so that the drug industry was seriously contemplating moving the judiciary to seek a reprieve. UPDATE: They actually did move the Delhi High Court for some relief and the Court actually asked the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers to look into…


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Patent

U.K High Court rules on patents for computer programs


Our readers may remember an earlier SpicyIP post on patents for computer programs being dis-allowed in the United Kingdom by the Court of Appeals in the Aerotel/Macrossan case. Well thats not the law of U.K. anymore. The High Court recently ruled that the practice of the UK Patent Office in flatly rejecting patent claims to computer products is wrong and remitted the applications to the Patent Offices. Software patents are quite a nuanced area of patent law (which in itself…


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Patent

Suven Life Sciences gets its 2nd U.S Patent


Hyderabad based Biopharmaceutical company Suven Life Sciences Ltd. was recently granted product patent bearing no: 7,317,035 by the United States Patent Office. The patent was for a class of a class of selective Serotonin receptor affinity compounds, used in the treatment of neuro-degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson, schizophrenia and Huntington’s disease. These compounds are being developed into therapeutic agents by Suven. Suven estimates that these drugs once developed will help it tap an $18 billion market. The company has an…


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Copyright

Bollywood and Online Piracy


Last year we witnessed the first Indian case of copyright infringement against You Tube which was filed by T-Series. However I’m little surprised as to why there has been only one case against U-Tube so far especially when there have been several instances of copyrighted Bollywood content being uploaded onto You Tube. Americans on the other hand being the litigious society that they are, have been having a field day suing U-Tube for the copyright infringements. The biggest claim is…


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Geographical Indications (GIs) make their mark in Bihar & Orissa


Bihar and Orissa are two of the most disturbed and impoverished states in India. Usually wracked with perennial law and order problems whether it be Marxist rebels, caste violence or tribal movements, it is heartening to note that these states seem to have woken up to their Intellectual Property Rights especially Geographical Indications. As SpicyIP has already discussed extensively a GI is the protection given to a reputable product, either man-made or natural, if the applicant can conclusively prove that…


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