SpicyIP Weekly Review (September Week 4)


A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court earlier this month made critical remarks on the government’s failure to finalize the drug policy pending since 2003, calling it a ‘slur on the face of all stake-holders’. Following this, the Group of Ministers held meetings to consider a retail pricing mechanism for essential drugs. It was agreed that the prices of 348 drugs set out in the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) will be covered under the policy. The drug policy is vital…


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Govinda gooovinda! Closer look at G.I registry’s decision on Tirupati laddu rectification plea


The Tirupati laddu rectification application before the G.I Registry is a textbook example of an adversarial system of adjudication. The NIIST-CSIR Scientist, R.S. Praveen Raj who instituted the rectification proceedings failed to turn up for the hearing and this left the huge burden of disproving the validity of GI tag  undischarged. As expected, the Asst. Registrar of G.I Chinnaraja G. Naidu on July 30, 2012 dismissed the rectification application without much effort. The order further imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000/-…


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SpicyIP Announcement: NUJS Law Review Special Issue on the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012


SpicyIP is glad to announce that the NUJS Law Review is inviting submissions for its special issue on ‘The Copyright Amendment Act, 2012: Welcome Change or Missed Opportunity?’. The flagship journal of the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) was launched in 2008 under the aegis of its Founding Editor-in-Chief, Professor Mahendra P. Singh.   Below is a call put out by the Editorial Board:   The Copyright Amendment Act, 2012 recently passed by both houses of parliament promises to…


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Copyright

Miscredited authorship violates moral rights of authors says Delhi High Court


In a recent decision, the Delhi High Court on July 5, 2012 granted a permanent injunction against OCA Productions Pvt. Ltd restraining them from broadcasting ‘Ek Kadam Aur’, a TV serial based on Indian novelist Maitreyi Pushpa’s autobiographical work ‘Kasturi Kundal Basey’. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker and National Award winner Arun Chadha filed the suit [CS (OS) No. 1096/2009] claiming authorship over the TV serial and sought damages for breach of special rights under Section 57 of the Copyright Act, 1957. …


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Stalemate over WIPO Treaty on Copyright Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities


In what comes as a major setback to India, home to nearly 50% of the world’s blind population, the 24th Session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) concluded on July 25, 2012 in Geneva without making any significant progress on WIPO’s maiden treaty recognizing the rights of the disabled. The proposed treaty seeks to impose an obligation on member nations to create exceptions and limitations in their domestic copyright regime to enable conversion of books…


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Kerala Government to set up India’s first IPR Academy


Kerala’s Finance Minister, K. M. Mani on Tuesday announced the setting up of an IPR Academy in the state. The government also earmarked funds for the academy in the previous budget, recalled the Minister. This announcement comes within a week after Business Line criticized the government for the delay in constituting the academy. The idea of this first-of-its-kind academy in India for protection of IPR surfaced four years ago in Governor, Mr. R. L. Bhatia’s speech before the House on…


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First PIP Competition 2012 deadline extended till October 01, 2012


SpicyIP’s Pondering Intellectual Property (PIP) Essay Competition, 2012 SpicyIP is pleased to announce that the deadline for the First PIP (Promoting Intellectual Property) Competition, 2012 has been extended till October 01, 2012. (click on the image for an enlarged view) The essay competition is being organzied by the MHRD IP Chair at NUJS and Intellectual Property & Technology Law Society (IPTLS) in collaboration with SpicyIP. For sake of convenience the details of the competition as below: All students currently enrolled in…


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G.I Registry fixes a hearing on the Tirupati Laddu rectification petition for July 16th


The Registrar of the Geographical Indications has finally scheduled a hearing on the rectification petition over the controversial grant of G.I. status to Tirupati Laddu for July 16. Incidentally, Prashant earlier this month criticized the Registry for failing to fix a date for hearing in the rectification proceedings against the grant of G.I status to ‘Tirupati Laddu’ and ‘Darjeeling Tea’ despite repeated reminders by the respective petitioners for more than a year now.  By way of a quick recap, Mr….


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SpicyIP Announcements: FISME Calls for Research Papers on Identification and Valuation of IPRs in MSMEs


We are pleased to inform you that the Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME) in association with the Foreign Commonwealth Office (UK) through British High Commission in New Delhi are inviting research papers on ‘Identification and Valuation of IPRs in MSMEs’. FISME established in 1995 aims to promote entrepreneurship and facilitate creation of a competitive environment for Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). FISME recently set up three IP Facilitation Centers (IPFCs) in New Delhi,…


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SpicyIP Announcements: IUCIPRS offers Scholarship to Ph.D Candidates


We are glad to announce that the Inter University Centre for Intellectual Property Rights Studies (IUCIPRS) is offering scholarships to Ph.D candidates interested in research on IPR related issues. IUCIPRS is an autonomous Centre at Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) established to encourage multidisciplinary teaching and research in IPR. Eligibility & Duration: Candidates already enrolled or eligible for Ph.D registration in CUSAT can avail this scholarship for a period of two years (extendable up to four years). Selected…


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