SpicyIP Fortnightly Review (June 24-July 7)

We have had an eventful fortnight at the blog: Thematic Highlight For our thematic highlight, we had a guest post from Prof. N.S. Gopalakrishnan. In the first of a series of posts, he writes about the problems in the Indian plant variety regime. In this post, he argues that the ‘enclosure movement’ in extant and farmers’ varieties is resulting in commonly available varieties being monopolised by private players. This has resulted in the plant variety regime working against the farmers since it reduces their…

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Huge Win for Copyright Owners: India Signs up to Internet Copyright Treaties!

On July 4, 2018, the Union Cabinet approved the proposal to accede to the WIPO Copyright Treaty, 1996 (‘WCT’) and the WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty, 1996 (‘WPPT’). These treaties are part of a series of international instruments created by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (‘WIPO’) to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world. They are commonly referred to as the ‘WIPO Internet Treaties’ due to their emphasis on protection of rights in a digital environment. While India…

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