Ritvik M Kulkarni

Ritvik Kulkarni is a final year student at ILS Law College, Pune. He is the Student Coordinator of the ILS Intellectual Property Rights Cell and Student Editor at the ILS Abhivyakti Law Journal since 2014-15. Ritvik first learnt of IP while preparing for his first moot; and has been regularly taking his weekly IP fix ever since. Additionally, he takes interest in learning the law and practice of domestic and international dispute settlement. Speaking of disputes, he's an ardent follower and jabra fan of Game of Thrones. You can get in touch with him at [email protected]; and dont worry he loves F.R.I.E.N.D.S too.

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SpicyIP Weekly Review (May 15 to 22)


This week’s highlight is undoubtedly Prof. Basheer’s hard-hitting critique of the recently released National IPR Policy (Final Policy). He points out that the so-called innovation-oriented Final Policy itself lacks an innovative spirit. He states that the powerful IP rights-centric Final Policy in its present form is resultant of successful US pressure. Prof. Basheer also identifies a few key positives, such as expedited patent examination, open IP exchange and the infusion of CSR funds into open innovation. Nevertheless, he tears through…


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Patent

Patent Rules Amendment 2016: Tatkal Patents, Benefits for Startups and US Victory.


The Office of the CGPDTM has on 14th May 2016 issued a public notice on the publication of amended Patent Rules, 2003. Accordingly, the Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2016 (Amended Rules) were published (and came into force) on 16th May 2016. Earlier, the government had released the Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2015 (Draft Rules) for public comment and consideration. There are quite a few positive changes to the patent rules. Among these, I will be dealing mainly with the inclusion of startups,…


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Innovation

(SpicyIP Tidbit) India signs Landmark Collaboration Agreement with WHO to promote Traditional Medicine Systems


In a press release dated 14th May 2016, the Ministry of AYUSH has declared that it has inked a major collaboration agreement with the World Health Organization “for cooperation on promoting the quality, safety and effectiveness of service provision in traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM)”. This historic Project Collaboration Agreement (PCA) will operate between 2016 and 2020. It will be seminal in the creation of the first ever WHO benchmark document for training in Yoga and similar WHO benchmark documents…


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Patent

Breaking News: IPO Official forced out for rejecting Sovaldi patent application? 


Gilead Sciences has been engulfed with controversy ever since it filed for a patent in India for its notoriously expensive blockbuster drug Sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) for Hepatitis C. Now, in a shocking development, Mandakini Gahlot and Vidya Krishnan have reported in their piece for The Caravan that patent-examiner Hardev Karar may have been compelled to withdraw from the Sovaldi case after he rejected Gilead’s patent application in January 2015. Background While the Sovaldi application was initially rejected by the Indian Patent…


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Drug Regulation Patent

SpicyIP TidBit: NHRC asks Govt for clarification on (anti?)CL stance


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has on April 1, 2016 issued a press release expressing its apprehension over the India’s alleged promise to the US to refrain from issuing compulsory licenses in pharmaceutical drugs for commercial purposes. The Commission is particularly skeptical about the fact that “at least two applications for compulsory licenses to produce, domestically, generic versions of drugs patented in America were rejected last year.” These two applications (concerning ‘Saxagliptin’ and ‘Dasatnib’) have been examined on SpicyIP…


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