SpicyIP Tidbits: Zandu to go for an out-of-court settlement?


Readers will remember the tid-bit on Emami serving a legal notice alleging copyright infringement on the makers of Dabangg for the use of word Zandu in the song Munni badnam hui. Turns out that the FMCG Emami is now open for an out-of-court settlement with Sree Astavinayak and Arbaaz Khan Productions. As ET reports here, Arbaaz Khan, producer of Dabangg said :  “We are in a dialogue with them (Emami), hopefully, all will be settled without any issue. When asked…


Read More »

Spicy IP Trivia : Access to Specialized Patent Information by WIPO


In an attempt to foster innovation and increasing access, especially for the developing and least-developed  countries,WIPO has launched the Access to Specialized Patent Information (ASPI),partnering with LexisNexis, Minesoft, ProQuest, Questel, Thomson Reuters, and WIPS. This program is aimed at providing free and low-cost access to comprehensive patent information. Mr David Brown, President of IP Solutions,Thomson Reuters says : “Some have said that necessity is the spark for innovation, but in many cases necessity may not be enough. Intelligent information, however,…


Read More »

No Zandu Balm for Dabangg?


For those of you who are planning to catch Salman starrer Dabangg this weekend, here’s a little info to make it spicy. As ToI reports, Zandu Pharmaceuticals, makers of Zandu Balm have served a legal notice on Arbaaz Khan for copyright infringement of the product. Readers will recall that Dabangg features a song called Munni badnam which uses the word zandu balm. The ToI report suggests that Zandu Pharmaceuticals is claiming that it’s the sole copyright holder of “not only…


Read More »
Patent

BPO obtains Patent Protection!


In a first of many more to come, 24/7 Customer, a BPO based in Bangalore has secured its first patent from USPTO for its innovative customer contact management system, as Business Standard reports here. This system  enables a customer service center of a company to provide its customers with a choice of different modes for establishing contact with customer service representatives. The different modes of contact are displayed on a single web page. The modes of contact include, but are…


Read More »

SpicyIP Tidbits:GIs to Bhadohi Carpets and Paithani Sarees


It seems to be raining GIs for India. After the Hyderabadi Haleem, it is Bhadohi Carpets and Paithani Sarees to be conferred with the GI status. BHADOHI CARPETS: Bhadohi carpets are inspired by classical Indian and Persian motifs and often consists of very intricately knotted designs which have made them a very sought after piece for home decor. The GI status is therefore the much needed respite against the potential infrigements.  UNCTAD India project  supported the artisans, weavers, producers and…


Read More »
Uncategorized

Results :1st Franklin Pierce Law Center Intellectual Property Law Essay Competititon,2010.


The Results of 1st Franklin Pierce Law Centre Intellectual Property Law Essay Competition, 2010in association with National Law University, Jodhpur have been announced. Heartiest congratulations to all the winners! We wish them all the best. Name Title of the essay Prize details First Subhajit Banerji Patenting Software Full tuition waiver for the Intellectual Property Summer Institute and Concord, New Hampshire and a cash prize of Rs. 15,000 (INR) Second Neha Choudhari and Tarun Gopalakrishnan Open season on the biotech range…


Read More »

Commercialize University Research – Sir William Wakeham


Delivering a lecture titled ” From University Research to Economic and Social Benefit”  at IISc, Sir William Wakeham, former Vice-Chancellor of Southampton University stressed on the need for adoption of a commercial approach to university research, as ToI reported here. Sir William noted that “for the proper exploitation of academic research, many universities in the UK have tried to come out with a model where the industry and educational institutions work closely to take research to the level of making…


Read More »
Patent

Patent Auction- Now in India


On a day when we just reported a bad rating for IPR protection for India, the news of India’s first patent auction rolled in. Tech Transfer 2010,a one day patent technology showcase will be held on August 28,2010 at Ahemdabad where patented pharma products will go in for an auction. This is being organized by Foundation for MSME Cluster in alliance with Skyquest Technology Consulting, a private company engaged in facilitating buying and selling of patents in India. As ET…


Read More »
Uncategorized

India fares badly in IPR Protection Report by PERC


In a report titled ” A review of  intellectual property rights risk in Asia” by Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC), India has been rated to be pretty bad in terms of protecting intellectual property rights. On a scale of 10, India has been given a 6.5, where zero is the best possible score. Indonesia tops the chart of weakest IPR protection and has been given a 8.5! Indonesia has passed new laws aimed at improving  protection of…


Read More »

Off Topic : Call for Papers : NLIU Law Review


About the Law Review  The NLIU Law Review is an endeavour on the part of the student body of the National Law Institute University, Bhopal to encourage and inculcate in the students a spirit of legal research and develop their interest further in unexplored areas of the law. It is the first of its kind in the University which has entirely been the effort of the Student Body. This exclusively student-run journal is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed law journal which seeks…


Read More »