Shouvik Kumar Guha

Shouvik Kumar Guha

Shouvik is at present employed as a Research Associate and a Teaching Assistant at The W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. He has obtained his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NUJS itself and is also currently pursuing his LL.M. degree from the same university. From his very year at law school, he had been attracted towards the discipline of Intellectual Property and that interest has been kindled further in course of time. The interface between IP and other disciplines such as Economics, Anti-trust Law, Human Rights, World Trade Law and the technological developments relating thereto, has especially caught his attention since then. He’s authored several papers on issues relating to IP and other legal disciplines for journals, books, magazines and conferences in national as well as international levels. He is also currently co-heading an organization called Lexbiosis, which is an endeavor meant to facilitate the collaboration between the legal industry and academia.

Innovation

Guest Post: Book Review of Bugging Cancer – Daring to dream


Our very own Prashant brings for our readers a succinct and insightful review of a new book, ‘Bugging Cancer’, penned by the noted scientist Dr. Ananda Chakrabarty, who, as Prashant introduces adroitly, is “THE Chakrabarty from Diamond v. Chakrabarty.” So read on, folks! Book Review: Bugging Cancer – A story of cancer, love, research and patents Over the last few years the conversation about cancer and its treatment has been making a steady inroad into the mainstream discourse. After Siddhartha…


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Patent

IPAB snubs Assistant Controller of Patents, sets aside Pre-Grant Opposition Order against Abraxis


The IPAB has recently come up with a decision that calls into question the reasoning behind an order given by the Assistant Controller of Patents & Designs allowing a pre-grant opposition against an application for a pharmaceutical patent. Details of the case are provided below. While the merits of the patent application or the opposition posed thereto had not been discussed in this case, yet given the manner in which and the grounds on which the Assistant Controller’s decision seems…


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Patent

ZTE gets a breather from Delhi High Court : Removal of ex-parte interim injunction


Many readers would already be aware of the ongoing lawsuit going on between the Chinese telecom equipment and mobile phone manufacturer ZTE Corporation and Vringo Inc., a company engaged in the development and commercialization of intellectual property and mobile technologies. On November 7, 2013, Vringo had filed this suit against ZTE Corp., along with ZTE Telecom India Pvt. Ltd. and its CEO Xu Dejun, at the Delhi High Court, alleging infringement of its patent, titled “Mobile Station Operable with Radio…


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Biological Diversity Patent Traditional Knowledge

Ministry of Health announces AYUSH Open-Access Research Portal for Medicinal Herbs and Plants


Today we draw the attention of our readers to a press release issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as recently as on December 10, 2013, regarding documentation of certain medicinal herbs in India. The information in the release consists of the official reply of the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Gulam Nabi Azad in response to an issue raised in the Rajya Sabha. The release voices an intimation by the Department of Industrial Policy…


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Drug Regulation Patent

Department of Pharmaceuticals replaces Committee for Patented Drug Price Reduction with Successor after Six Years


  It has been almost seven years since the Government of India, under the aegis of the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), had established a committee tasked with framing a mechanism that would serve to bring down the price of patented medicines within the country by way of negotiation and/or reference pricing. Considering the exorbitant pricing that some of the patented drugs are subjected to, this move was certainly a laudable one, aimed to provide much-needed affordability to especially the life-saving…


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Events Patent

Discussion Forum on Pharma Bio Patenting in Europe


The readers may be interested to know of a discussion forum that is soon going to be held on December 16, 2013 on the topic of ‘Pharma Bio Patenting in Europe’. The forum is going to be jointly hosted by the GNA Patent Gurkul (an institution headed by Dr. Gopakumar G. Nair that seeks to congregate law, science and management to unleash the patent realm providing the most awaited and much needed interface between industry and academia) and the Pravin…


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Others

Call for Papers: Consilience 2013-14 – From NLSIU, Bangalore


For the readers interested in exploring the various nooks and crannies of cloud computing and its legal repercussions, the Law and Technology Society of the premier law school of India, National Law School of India University, Bangalore, brings once again Consilience-2013-14, its annual flagship Conference completely organized by the NLSIU students. Since its inception, Consilience has sought to venture into the very depths of its chosen theme, clarify the different ambiguities and issues involved therein and submit a recommendatory report…


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Others

From Real to Reel: IP in Celluloid Part II


We meet again with the second and concluding part of the post dealing with the list of movies having a substantial reference to IP/innovation in some way or another (For those who are yet to read the first part, see here). The debates about extending the term of copyright can be rekindled by the story that had been depicted in the movie About a Boy, a 2002 movie starring Hugh Grant and Toni Collette, where the protagonist is a playboy…


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Others

From Real to Reel: IP in Celluloid Part I


Terry Pratchett had written once, “The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.” A noble sentiment, indeed, which Steve Martin had sought to mirror in his inimitable style, “You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies – all…


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Innovation

ICC announces Positive Innovation Agenda from Late October, 2013


(Image from here) The readers of Spicy IP may be interested in an announcement recently made by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). It is about Positive Innovation Agenda, an IP-related project that is scheduled to be launched at the end of October, 2013. For those who are unaware, ICC has for a long period of time provided a forum for businesses and other organizations to examine and better comprehend the nature and significance of the major shifts taking place…


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