Events

GIIP Course on International Training & Certification (2013)


Global Institute of Intellectual Property (GIIP) is organizing it’s first Annual Intellectual Property training event at Bangalore from 11-16 November 2013. The event is scheduled to take place at The Chancery Pavilion Hotel, Bangalore. The event will witness various skill building certification training programs from Certifying bodies from the US, Europe and a few IP experts. A team of 12 international trainers will address topics of immediate interest in the field of intellectual property in India and South East Asian…


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IP Research Assistant position at IIT, Madras


Feroz Ali Khader, MHRD IP Chair at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, is looking for research assistants to work on various issues related to patent law. Those interested can send their application to fak[at]iitm.ac.in, along with the following:   (a) Latest CV (b) Writing sample (preferably a published piece)  Short Bio of Feroz Ali Khader Feroz Ali Khader is the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) Chair on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras….


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Raj Anand Moot Court Competition 2013


The Flame of CreativityAward The Raj Anand Moot Court Competition is a premier moot court competition on IP laws and a prestigious one among IP enthusiasts across law schools in India. The competition, instituted to commemorate Late Raj Anand, aims to promote IP Laws. This annual event started in 1998 is currently in its 13th edition.  The competition has a reputation for its innovative and complex moot problem on contemporary issues in IP law. This year’s problem too promises to…


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Patent

3(d)-ed by IPAB, Monsanto denied patent on method of producing climate-resistant plants


Image from here On July 5, 2013, the IPAB upheld the decision of the Controller against grant of patent to Monsanto Inc. for a method of producing plants which can withstand harsh environmental conditions. Monsanto filed the application in India (2407/DELNP/2006) on May 1, 2006 (priority date of Sept. 29, 2003) for a ‘recombinant DNA molecule for enhancing stress tolerance in plants, recombinant plants and methods thereof’. As is evident from the title, the application initially claimed (a) recombinant DNA…


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Guest Post: Novartis and Myriad: A Surprisingly Similar Tale of Access to Medicine and limits on Patent Eligibility


Smaran Shetty, final year student at NUJS and Editor of NUJS Law Review, has sent us this interesting guest post which explores the similarities between the recent US Supreme Court’s decision in Assn. for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics and Indian Supreme Court’s Novartis decision. For our previous coverage on both the cases, see here and here. Novartis and Myriad: A Surprisingly Similar Tale of Access to Medicine and limits on Patent Eligibility    By  Smaran Shetty On 1st April, the…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (June 2013, Week 5)


In a historic development, the negotiators at the WIPO Diplomatic Conference at Marrakesh last week concluded the ‘Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities’. The draft text of the treaty is available here. Several civil society organizations who have relentlessly fought for the treaty since 2008 were in boundless joy with the news. The negotiations were intense and faced huge roadblocks from publishing lobby in US and EU. Readers can soon expect…


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Copyright

A quick look at Venus & PPL’s challenge to copyright amendments


As reported earlier, Venus Worldwide Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and Phonographics Performance Limited (PPL) have jointly filed a writ petition challenging the constitutionality of Sections 31(1)(b), 31D and 33A(2) and their corresponding rules under the Copyright Rules, 2013. The petitioners initially filed this petition before the Supreme Court (W.P.(C) No. 122 of 2013), however, withdrew the challenge with leave to approach the High Court. The petition is more or less similar to Super Cassettes Industries Ltd. (T-Series) challenge to compulsory licensing and…


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SpicyIP Announcement: Franklin Pierce Centre for Intellectual Property Essay Competition, 2013


Image from here SpicyIP is delighted to announce the Franklin Pierce Centre for Intellectual Property Essay Competition, 2013 conducted by the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Concord USA in association with the School of Law, Raffles University, Neemrana, Rajasthan. The competition aims to encourage research in emerging areas in the field of intellectual property law. The competition is open to law students of Indian sub-continent (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan). Co-authorship is permitted.  Topics:  The…


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Movie makers threatened for trademark dilution, Karan Johar’s movie temporarily restrained


Image from here Times of India yesterday carried a news report of an order passed by the Delhi High Court restraining home video release of producer Karan Johar’s latest movie, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’. The suit was filed by Hamdard National Foundation over certain ‘objectionable’ references to ‘Rooh Afza’, a traditional Unani squash made of fruits, vegetables and herb. Hamdard National Foundation, a fully funded charitable organization of Hamdard (Wakf) Laboratories which manufactures the Unani beverage, holds registration for the word mark…


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Microsoft v. Motorola: A FRAND-ly formula for fixing royalties?


The ‘FRAND wars’ hit India earlier this March with Swedish based Ericsson suing Mircomax Informatics Ltd. for alleged infringement of their standard essential patents (SEPs) relating wireless technology standards. As an interim arrangement, Micromax agreed to pay Ericsson 1.25% to 2% on the sale price as royalty to Ericsson, an incredibly high rate as Prashant pointed out earlier over here. The fixing of FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) royalty rate has been most contentious in the telecom industry with numerous lawsuits…


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